We all know that New York City is one of the most stressful cities in America, if not, the world. Finding time not only for yourself, but for your mind could be very difficult. Here’s some tips to help bring yourself back to center and survive the concrete jungle.
Recall places you’ve been where you appreciated the sounds.
Summon the places where you’ve enjoyed the imagery.
Experience the elements that contribute to your happiness.
Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning.
For myself, I try to stay grounded and in a happy place by going back to inspirations that brought me to where I am today. It sounds cheesy, but Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries, and Ugly Betty inspired my outward dreams to pursue a career in the fashion industry. So I usually binge watch these shows for impromptu injections of inspiration to keep me going.
Sometimes you have to look back to help you move forward.
Mothers. Living breathing magic. The women that have devoted so much of themselves to you, and without them, you wouldn’t be where or who you are today. This year, Mother’s Day is Saturday May 14th, just a week away. Here are some ways to show your mother some love.
A card that sums up your appreciation for your mother
Flowers to add some color to her day and remind her of you
Go to one of your mothers favorites spots, or somewhere she has been bringing up recently!
Has she been wanting to see a movie recently
Everybody likes to laugh. Take her to a comedy show maybe
Whats her favorite restaurant or cafe
Is she the kind that loves to go to book stores and read all day
Would a day trip to a park be something she would like
Animal lovers always enjoy trips to the zoo
Presents with Personality
A sure way to see some tears of joy from your mom is to give her some framed photos of your childhood with her
Have a nickname for your mom? Now’s the perfect time to get her a little token for that
Calling all design students! Create a piece that represents what you feel when you think about your mother
Any items your mom has been hinting to? Now is the perfect time to do a little research and find those deals
The MOST Important Piece
Say THANK YOU to your mother for everything she has done for you. This is the day you should smother your mother in love and affection. We take our mothers for granted so often, so make sure you take note of all the things your mother does for you.
Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.
The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.
I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.
Hope you’re all doing well and haven’t caught this virus that seems to be circulating the school. Everyone seems to be sick… Anyways this year I decided to celebrate Valentines with my best friend. We went to go see a movie and had dinner afterwards in one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve ever been too in the city. Even though I’m single, doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to do boyfriend/girlfriend things too #treatyoself. We went to go see Fifty Shades Darker, which I thought was much better than the first one, and then we went to this Japanese restaurant called Ippudo. It’s located in East Village on 10th 4th Ave. It’s the cutest place ever, very traditional to the Japanese aesthetic. If you go on the weekend, expect it to be quite crowded (but absolutely worth the wait). They are known for their Ramen, which is delicious! But if you feel like sharing an entree I would recommend getting the hot buns. Oh my god, those are the best things I have ever eaten, so soft and fluffy and yummy. Trust me you won’t regret getting them!
Have you been to this restaurant? What did you think?
As you might know I’m a coffee junkie, and cannot go a day without my trusty latte. I’m almost sure I’ve try most of the coffee shops in New York city. But recently I discovered a new coffee shop not too far from where I live, which has become the best discovery of 2017 (for sure). This isn’t your typical grab and go coffee shop. This is a full on coffee experience. It’s called Coffee Project New York, and as you can see from the picture above, they have the most interesting coffee concoctions I’ve ever seen or heard of. This place is really one of a kind and if you love coffee you definitely need to add this to your bucket list. The coffee shop is located on 239 E 5th Street and is open all week. I would suggest bringing a friend with you, it makes it just a little more fun and you can both order different drinks and share. That’s what I did anyways…
If you went, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!