6 Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to NYC

Happy Monday All,

I was thinking yesterday about how quickly the time has flown by here in New York. I’m into my seventh month already!! It’s weird to think that it’s gone that quick, but I really am loving the city now just as much as when I landed here back on New Years Eve last December.

I also got to thinking about what I’ve learned in the past 6 months here, because believe me, moving across the world to a place like New York will school you in how to approach life and change your mindset on things.

Here’s a few thoughts I had:

Always Be Striving!

This has sort of become my motto over here. I’m not saying you need to be switched on every second, of every minute, of every day, obsessively working towards something. But always have it in the back of your mind to want more for yourself and be prepared to work towards it. This time last year, I would never have thought I’d be sitting in New York writing this, but here I am. Now I’m here, I just want to keep getting better and achieving more for myself, whether it be working to make the blog bigger, making waves career wise, etc. In Ireland, it can often be tough to say you want more from life because of the fear of being told you have “notions”, but a place like New York will change that mindset, because everybody here is looking for the next great thing for themselves.

You Give Less Of A F**k About What People Think

This is completely true. I always thought of myself as somebody who didn’t really care what people thought, but really deep down, I probably let it affect me a little bit. Since moving here, I’ve really taken on this view though. Who cares what other people think of you? It’s what YOU think of you that is important. In general I find most New Yorkers seem to have this mindset, and they are dead right. Just do your thing, and f**k the begrudgers.


Ugh, there is nothing that grates on me more. Especially when I hear other people from Ireland moaning about New York, Americans, being homesick, etc. New York can be a tough city, I know that. And sure we all have our days where we would love nothing more than to be sitting on the couch at home and having our Mam looking after us with some TLC. But New York is also one of the most amazing places to be in, with so much to do and see, and there is truly nowhere else like it. If you can’t embrace the good and are always focusing on the bad, I suggest you book a flight and get gone. Because really, most of us don’t really know how lucky we are.

Surround Yourself With Good People

I’ve been pretty lucky on this front, because everybody I encounter on a regular basis here (for the most part) are really great people. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people, who are decent human beings with hopes, dreams and ambitions will inspire you to want to strive to be the best you can be. The last thing you want is people constantly bringing you down. I’ve had people around me like that before and instead of distancing myself like I should have, I kept making excuses and ignoring their negative outlook. New York has definitely taught me to let the negativity fly over my head, and side step the bullshitters.

Nothing Worth Having/Doing Will Ever Come Easy

I always knew this, but moving here has hammered it home even more for me. Moving to New York to try and make a name for yourself is by no means easy. But why do you think so many people do it? Because the hardships and setbacks along the way are just necessary in order to get to the life you’ve always wanted. If you come here expecting it to be super easy on all fronts, I’ve got news for you. Prepare to be disappointed. But, I believe if you work and persevere, you can get to where you want to be.

Be Authentic

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how there is a lot of fakeness in New York. That can be true to a certain extent, but the best way to combat it is to be yourself, because as f**cking cheesy as it sounds, there is nobody like you. You’re unique. This is something I strive for here with this blog, and my social media as well. Lord knows the blogging community is full of cheats, scammers, liars and bullshitters who give the rest of us a bad name (thank god for pages like Bloggers Unveiled and FitFam Failures for exposing the fakery of some people, and I think there should be more pages like them). But I like to think that honesty shines through (or I like to hope anyway).


Just 6 thoughts I’ve been having this week as I reflect on 6 months in the Big Apple. Here’s to the next 6, and hopefully beyond.

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2 thoughts on “6 Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to NYC

  1. I LOVE this post. I lived in New York for 3 months on my J1 way back in 2000 and the one thing I took away from it was to be more confident and that it is ok to be different. I encountered so many people from different walks of life so confident in who they were. In Ireland I felt ashamed of my puppy fat at the time, in New York I embraced it! I’m just after returning from a 2 week holiday there with my husband and son and if we could have stayed we would. And yes to honest bloggers!!!


    1. Thanks so much Nicola. Glad you enjoyed it. Also lovely to hear you and your family enjoyed you’re recent trip over. As you say, you meet so many people here that come from all different walks of life that it kind of forces you to embrace your differences as well, and be more confident in yourself.


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