Happy Friday… You know what Friday means right? It’s time for another installment of Friday Five! This week I decided to answer 5 questions I always always always get asked. So here goes…
1. Am I going to Stay in New York forever?
A question I find myself getting asked more and more by people here in New York, those who read my blog, follow along on social media, and especially when I go home is ‘will you stay in New York forever?’Aaaaaahhhhh am I supposed to know? Do I need a plan????? Aren’t we all just winging it and figuring it out as we go along? No? Just me?
In short, I don’t know. I moved here in September 2014 with a one year visa. My intention was to come for a year, get experience and see how things panned out. Most of all, I just needed something different for a little while. Fast forward 2 years and I’m still in New York. Life is good, I have a great job and I’m really loving it here. My visa lasts for another few years and at the moment my life is here. So for the time being it’s looking like I’ll be staying in New York. They say New York is one of those places that you either tire or eventually, or you never leave. I guess time will tell which one I am.
Just as an FYI, if there’s one sure fire way you want to freak me out, ask me a question about my future. :O
2. Why New York?
To be totally honest, apart of me has always known I would live in New York at some stage of my life. The first time I visited New York was in May 2001 (May 29th to be exact) with my sister Emma. I remember it like it was yesterday. I instantly fell in love with the city. It was everything I expected it to be and so much more and I was fascinated… By everything! I LOVED IT! I was hooked.
When I graduated in June 2014, I had two options in my head – London or New York. Being an Irish graduate, I could get the J1 graduate visa but you have to apply within a year of graduating. London is always going to be an option for me, so with this timeline in mind and the fact that could be the only chance I would ever have to move here, I booked my visa and 6 weeks later I was here. It was all super fast, but I think that was the best way as I didn’t have too much time to freak out (which I still did a lot).
3. What do you do in New York?
By day I work in advertising. I work for an agency based in Dumbo (which you’ll definitely see lots of on my Snapchat – lcscloset) and my role is an analyst. I obviously spend a lot of time working with data, but I do so many different things that there isn’t really any one way to describe what I do.
Then by night/at the weekend/in the morning… I blog.
4. What was your PhD about?
I know I’ve spoken about it a little on Snapchat and Instagram, and I have mentioned it here and there on the blog too, but I guess I’ve never really explained it. So here goes… I’m going to try to keep it short.
My PhD explored the relationships Generation Y consumers’ have with the fashion brands they consume. So basically I looked at the fashion brands people born between 1977 and 1994 buy or want to buy and found out what motivated them to buy them.
5. Why did you start blogging?
I can imagine all bloggers probably get this question, but I actually have a whole other blog post explaining exactly why I started blogging, why I started out blogging about fashion and discussing if I’m happy I took the plunge and set up LC’s Closet (spoiler alert – I am)! Starting my blog wasn’t something I did on a whim, I thought about it for a loooong time, which turned out to be a good thing because blogging takes a lot of time and dedication.
So there you have it… 5 questions I get asked all the time. Like with last week’s Friday Five (about 5 Struggles of a New York summer), these aren’t the only 5 questions, so maybe at some stage down the line I’ll share a part 2.
Hope you have a great weekend,
p.s. See my other Friday Five posts here.