After searching for the longest time, I finally got the camel coat of my dreams (thanks to Erika’s mother!) Believe it or not, this little beauty is a Penneys gem (similar here and here)! Actually my whole look here is from Penneys/Primark. I got the scarf (I never take it off!), boots and sweater when I was home in September and I get so many compliments whenever I wear them. These boots are the comfiest and I’m kinda kicking myself that I didn’t get them in black too.
So the title of this post isn’t referring to my coat! This week has been a pretty big week of changes for me. After over a year, I finally moved to Manhattan. That’s kind of a big deal in itself (for me anyway!) but an even bigger deal is that I started a new job with an amazing company in one of my favourite parts of New York! If you follow me on Snapchat you might have figured out where it is (my username is lcscloset)…
Two weeks ago (after I had been offered my new job) my brother rang me from Australia and asked me a pretty simple question – “What haven’t you achieved in the past year that you wanted to?”
He asked me this because he wanted me to stop being so hard on myself and realise what I’d managed to do in 12 months! This was the first time I stopped to think about everything I have done since I moved to New York. It was only when I really thought about it that I realised I had achieved absolutely everything (and so much more!) than I ever imagined when I moved here over a year ago…
I always say no one ever needs to criticise me because I do an amazing job of doing that all by myself (you’ll know this if you read my key takeaways from Inbound 15). But if moving to New York taught me anything it’s that you have to value yourself and give yourself a break every now and again.
New York is one of the most competitive places in the world, so if you survive here you really do need to give yourself some credit and celebrate every little win. If I’m being honest, surviving in New York is something I’m really proud of! It’s funny because Erika mentioned this earlier this week too, but living in New York is hard (see what I mean in my New York Truths post)! Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing and the good days definitely outweigh the bad, but when the bad days come (and they will) they hit you like a tonne of bricks!
I’m so lucky that I have an amazing group of supportive friends here – Erika, Ciara, Michaela, Niamh, Lisa D (and Louise and Dearbla eventhough they left us!). These girls are always there when the going gets tough, but more importantly they’re the ones who (along with my family) are pushing me to value myself more and take credit for everything I’ve managed to achieve to date!
I was quite homesick when I got back to New York last month, but now I’m more excited than ever to see what the next few years will bring.
p.s. How amazing does Central Park look?
Photos by Channing