Rooftop Sunsets & Social Media Positivity

It's a Wednesday here in New York City and although it is warm it is MISERABLE and rain-ey. I mean I guess I don't really mind all that much when working throughout the day but my cork-souled-Birkenstock's (my old lady sandals) just can't take the rain. #shoesforcomfort. This week thus far has been great, working on Sunday has thrown me off slightly, BUT its a great week because: 

a) Gino has a couple days off work, meaning I won't be such a loner
b) Ian gets back from Boca, meaning I won't be such a loner
c) I am finally getting more furniture for the apartment so I won't be living like a squatter
d) the Tony's are on Sunday, and this year I won't have to stay up till 4AM to stream it, yay!
e) I fly home to see the rest of the Nev's next week
f) I have a free soup & sandwich at the local deli next door to work

I think I'm most excited about F.

On Monday when I arrived in from work I really could not be bothered to work out in the gym straight away so made my Avocado Brunch Toast for dinner and took it up on the buildings roof and the view was in-cred-ible. I mean you all know I love some perspective but I think its even MORE relaxing after a day of working in the city, to look over it all like this. Everyone around here is so friendly as well, it feels just like being at home. I was sat on the roof reading my current summer-read "Submarine" by Joe Dunthorne (which is hilarious btw) and some of the other tenants were popping up every so often to take a photo of the sunset behind the skyline, saying hello and asking how my Monday was. Lovely, lovely stuff. The sunset really was bloomin' marvelous!

I have been keeping up with exercising regularly. I mean having a gym on my roof means that I really do not have any excuses for not working out or trying to keep fit. Yesterday (Tuesday) I had a late start as I was working until 9PM so I thought I'd go out for a morning run back along to Dumbo. I did a few test shots for an upcoming post on the area, and then just spent half an hour wandering around the streets and parks around Dumbo before running back home. I'm trying this time to not go crazy and cut things out of my diet, if I want something I'll eat it. I'm just trying to counter balance all that with exercise and it seems to be working for a change! 

One major thing I love about running or even walking around the city is these graffiti quotes that are on sidewalks/pavements around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now we all love an Instagram or Facebook quote to get us through the day but it's so great to see one when I'm out running. I pretend the city is egging me on to keep sad. This one I saw on my way back to the apartment on Tuesday morning and I had to stop and take a photo of it. For me I think this resonates with us changing and growing. I remember when I first moved here thinking, don't change, don't change at all. When I was younger I would see people come back from London or university and think to myself "urgh they've changed". This meant when I came here that I was so conscious of not becoming one of those people...but hang on. Of course they've changed. Of course I have changed. I realized I was saying this to myself when other people came home because I HAD NOT CHANGED. We love nowadays to share our opinions and sometimes negativity to people and on social media. My assessment of someones growth is irrelevant, and vice versa. So why worry?! I won't worry if I've changed because I bloody well hope I have. I mean don't get me wrong I'm still the same old tit-head from County Durham, but things have happened, things have developed and grown (environmentally, I'm not growing a fourth arm), so of course I have. We all have! Experiences and environments and time, changes us, we have friends, family and support systems that keep us rooted but we develop constantly. We reveal our truths. Around October I made a conscious decision to remove negativity from my life. I've seen a few people get swallowed up by the city because negativity can easily make New York a horrible place to live. So I thought, no! Who needs that?! Now I resist the temptation to comment on a negative status, or bite at a cryptic Tweet/Facebook post, because quite simply what is the point? Social media is an incredible outlet that we have as a generation and can be used in so many positive ways. I'm so thankful that I am able to call or FaceTime my family at the touch of a button. I'm thankful they can see via this blog or my social media what I'm up to. And I'm thankful I get to see all the other journeys my friends and family are embarking on in their own lives. Positive, positive, positive. I really think this is something worth trying.  

Wow. That got preachy. I have to say that was neither post-specific or about anything in particular, just simply what I was thinking on my run home!

In other news, Gino and I caught the movie "X-Men: Apocalypse" yesterday. Now anyone who knows me, my love/hate relationship with Superhero/Action/Sci-Fi films is difficult. I either love it, and get hooked on the series/movie series **cough**LOST**cough**. OR I think it's awful and a waste of money or time. HOWEVER I LOVED THIS MOVIE. It's the first X-Men movie I've ever seen (I know...theres probably some ComicCON loving teen on his way to bitchslap me), but I now want to see the others, because this movie was so so good. Good job 20th Century Fox, you got me. Go see it, even if you have no idea who these iconic superheros are like I didn't. SPOILER ALERT: Hugh Jackman makes a short cameo as his old character Wolverine and all I could think about was him singing "One Day More". So kinda funny to see him as half-wolf, claw-bearing killing machine. Javert wouldn't have stood a chance.


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Celebrating Creativity, Running in Brooklyn and New Fave Coffee Spot!

I don't know why my weekend posts have turned into a dribble of thoughts lately, but it's so refreshing to have an outlet for them. Allocating time to blog has slowly integrated itself into my routine by this point. I love being able to just sit for an hour and write about any encounters I've had, or what I've been up to. It's also been so great to read the feedback and responses you guys have from reading my posts. A few weeks ago when I started the blog it was aimed at updating my family back at home and I genuinely thought it would just be family and close friends who read them. As the audience of NevNYC continues to grow its so cool to be able to connect to different people, also with blog, that I love now reading weekly. A blog I have been reading for a couple years now is BonjourLuce, Lucy and I used to go to school together and have known each other since we were little. Check our her blog it is nothing short of an inspiration to read! 

I've seen so much support for creative people at the minute on my Facebook and Tumblr feeds. With the announcement of Julie Andrews & Jim Henson Co.'s new Children's TV Show for Netflix "Julies Greenroom", a puppet show (much like the Muppets) aimed at educating preschoolers and young children, all about the arts! A variety of guest stars have been confirmed such as Tituss Burgess, Chris Colfer & Idina Menzel. I LOVE this idea, what a great way to introduce the idea that creative careers are out there and don't just have to be hobbies. I mean give me a Seasame-Street-esque show + puppets + Julie Andrews + Broadway guest stars and I'm on board! I also saw a video last night on Facebook that I thought was just incredible. As part of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts 50th Anniversary of Artist in Residency, Pharrell Williams offered a masterclass at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He discussed and listened to the music of the students and then gave advice and notes. Maggie Rodgers time with Pharrell Williams appears to have gone viral after Williams stated he "has no notes to give". After hearing her story and then the track, he could identify her journey within the track and commended her on working from herself. INCREDIBLE! Such a cool moment to watch, you can see it HERE, the full masterclass is online by Maggie's part begins at 18:30. 

Summer so far, has been a slow and steady time and I kind of like it, but I kind of don't. Don't worry, I'm not gonna go all schizo on you, but it's so frustrating! When I'm busy and on-the-go all the time, all I want to do is have a day where I set no alarms and have no plans. On a Saturday like today when I didn't have to set an alarm (well..Gino did as he had work), and have no plans, all I want is to be busy!! On the plus side though I have now been able to get back into running. I'm not sure if I mentioned running in one of my previous posts but in the past year and a half I have found a new love for running. It's so weird to me that I now love it after hating it so much as a teenager haha! But I now love it! Stick some music on, and just...go. Complex, I know. Before I moved to NYC I had a 6 mile route I would do once or twice a week around my home, but once I moved to the city it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a good, accessible and easy route! One of the best routes in the city is down alongside the West Side Riverbank. However it takes a good walk, subway train to get there, even when living in the city. At my new apartment we have a communal gym on the roof for the residents which is empty every time I've used it thus far so I have been running on the treadmill, but this morning I went out to find a new route! I knew that Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park wasn't to far so I just ran in that direction. Turns out its around a 5 mile round trip to the Brooklyn Bridge Park and back, a really nice route! 

I mean look at these views! You guys know I love a good perspective shot of the city! Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park because I can highly recommend a visit if you are on holiday in NYC. 

SIDENOTE: The pictures for the next view weeks posts will be taken on my iPhone. Amara and Ian have kindly been lending me their cameras for some of their previous posts bless them as I start getting equipment etc together for the blog. However they have gone home so I will be taking pictures for the blog with my own resources in the foreseeable future! I just wanted to thank them so much for helping me out! 

Whilst running this morning it was so overwhelming to try an find a route in a place I have yet to explore but I definitely think I will be running here for a while. Also on the run I spotted a coffee shop I wanted to try out. Brooklyn Roasting Coffee Shop (where I am currently blogging from **sigh** so NYC I wanna die)! I ran past it this morning and I am game to try out any place that has air conditioning, iced coffees and a vinyl record player, so I ventured on down here this afternoon to absolutely abuse their WiFi and my credit card (I'm 4 coffees deep...oops). I highly recommend this spot, its a little out of the way but well worth it as its so quiet and very spacious. Head down towards Flushing Avenue and Washington Avenue. You will not be disappointed! 

So cute! Also if you're an avid people-watcher like I am, the windows make the perfect spot to do so! Everyone else at the apartment has now left me. Gino is busy being a working girl all weekend, Ian, Finty, Sarah and Jordan are all either home or on their holidays so I'm in the apartment on my own. I'll probably head to the gym and then I'm thinking an evening of Devil Wears Prada and a glass of Three Buck Chuck ($3 Wine from Trader Joes wine, a student saviour). ALLLLL BYYYYY MYYYSEEEEEEEYYYEEEELF.


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