Falling for Feya Candles

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It’s the first day of fall, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, I am a summer lover through and through, but there’s something about the changing of seasons that warms my heart and makes me smile. This is the first fall in 18 years that I’m not heading back to school (which I’m still finding hard to believe!), but that doesn’t mean the little things that make this season so special to me won’t be in my life this year.

To me, fall is cool air and warm sweaters, changing leaves and beautiful sunsets, the smell of homecooked meals and burning candles. Fall is a time for family and friends, giving, and gratitude. This is why I’m celebrating fall this year with Feya Candles.

Feya Candles are 100% soy, which means when you’re smelling all of these amazing scents, you’re not breathing toxins into your body (score). But Feya is more than just an incredible team of women making awesome products. My favorite part about Feya is the mission behind it all.

Every candle purchased provides a meal for someone in need. So far, Feya has donated almost 13,000 meals and have a few thousand in reserves to donate throughout 2016. They have served in over 20 states in the US and also in Haiti and Nicaragua. Not only does Feya fund meals for the organizations they work with, but they staff them too, giving their profit, time, and energy to helping others.

You can buy Feya candles here and when you use the code ‘PACEBLOG’ you get 10% off your purchase! I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes…there is a Pumpkin Spice scent 😉


I received a product for testing purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.


California Dreamin’

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Every time the temperatures drop, “I want to move to California!!” becomes my slogan (just ask my boyfriend or any of my friends…). Although I’m not sure how serious that proclamation is, California has still been on my list as a place to visit for quite some time. My California Dreamin’ was finally made a reality a couple weeks ago when my boyfriend, Eric, and I traveled across the country to visit our friend, Tommy (the saint who hosted us all week!), in Los Angeles.

Landing in LA was like entering an entirely different world. First of all, the constant sunshine, perfect 70s temperature, and zero humidity weather definitely felt nice compared to the heat wave we have been suffering through on the east coast this summer and made our morning runs feel like a breeze. Second, the difference in transportation took a lot of getting used to. We are accustomed to walking and taking public transportation from place to place, but in LA, driving or ordering an Uber is the norm. We still managed to log a lot of steps though, as we prefer exploring on foot, but we definitely noticed the emptiness of the sidewalks in comparison to New York or Philly.

After we started adjusted to these differences, LA began to really grow on us. One of our favorite things to do is explore neighborhoods and pick out our favorite houses, so we loved running and walking through Tommy’s neighborhood, gazing at the gorgeous homes and landscaping. We also fell in love with a healthy café called Kreation which we visited every morning of our trip (the avocado toast is to die for!). Each day, we planned a new adventure: walking through Venice Beach and down the Santa Monica Pier, hiking up Griffith Park for the gorgeous (albeit smoggy!) views, bringing a picnic of wine and cheese to a jazz fest at the Hollywood bowl, or braving the craziness and crowds of Hollywood to get a quick photo on the Walk of Stars. We filled our nights with delicious meals, like our favorite at Beverly Soon Tofu in Korea Town and fun nights out in the city.

On the last full day of our stay in Cali, we drove to Santa Barbara, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in the United States. The beach, trees, and views of the mountains and ocean were absolutely breath taking. Every shop and restaurant on the streets, even the Chipotle, had an adorable and charming aesthetic. We spent much of the afternoon in what felt like a European village full of small, family-owned wineries, where we tasted incredible wine and chatted with the owners and employees. It was the perfect day trip to end our visit to the west coast.

It was bittersweet to make our way back across the country. Yes, I had to start checking my weather app again for the first time in a week (goodbye to perfect weather every day), but I was happy to get back to the convenience of the New York subway and away from the LA traffic. I’m not sure I will ever move to LA, but I really enjoyed the visit and am looking forward to my next trip to the west coast.

What was in my suitcase: Forever 21 Maried Knit Top, Forever 21 Crossbody Bag, H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top, Irresistible Me Professional Hair Straightener, Ray Ban Clubmaster Aluminum Flash LensesUniqlo Leggings Pants

Five to Fit: Workouts for Traveling

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I’m leaving later this week for a trip to LA, and I am beyond excited! Along with tying up loose ends at work and getting my packing list together, another thing on my mind is figuring out a workout plan. Fitting in exercise while traveling is never easy: making room in your suitcase for workout clothes, not having a gym or adequate space and equipment, and being out of your typical routine are enough to make a sweat sesh seem to be too much of a pain to fit in. But Five to Fit is all about fitting health and fitness into our busy and exciting lives. So today, I’m sharing five workouts that you can do while traveling. No gym. No equipment. No excuses. 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

To say I’m obsessed with HIIT would be an understatement. I start my day off with a HIIT workout 4 days a week and love how quickly I’m able to burn off frustration and calories. Doing a HIIT routine without space to jump around in is difficult, so when I’m traveling, I take my HIIT to the road with running intervals. Try this 30 minute interval routine:

Warm up: 5 minute jog

Interval x 3: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Recover: 4 minute jog

Interval x3: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Recover: 3 minute jog

Interval x1: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Cool down: 4 minute jog

No Equipment Upper Body Workout

If you’re traveling to a warm and sunny spot, you are going to want your arms to feel strong and toned in your sundresses and swimsuits. Targeting the upper body can be done without weights, as long as you really engage your muscles and push against yourself to make those muscles work! I love doing Kelly’s Fitness Blender workouts when I’m traveling to get in a good upper body burn! Try out this combination of her no equipment workouts for 30 minutes of upper body focus:

No Equipment Upper Body Workout for Great Arms, Shoulder and Upper Back

10 Minute No Equipment Upper Body Workout

Fast & Effective Bodyweight Upper Body Workout

No Equipment Lower Body Workout

I don’t know about you, but I love a good lower body burn. Targeting lower body muscles is an extremely effective workout, acting as a strength builder and muscle toner, but also as low-impact cardio. Working larger muscles, like the glutes, burns more calories than working smaller muscles. At home, I dedicate 2-3 days a week to lower body strength training, but while traveling, I can still get in a good lower body burn sans dumbbells. Do this 10 minute Fitness Blender workout 3 times in a row to really burn out those glutes and thighs:

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Exciting Core Workout

Crunches can easily become a go-to workout while traveling: they don’t require much space and are easy to fit into a jam-packed day. But a girl can only do so many crunches before she reaches her boredom tolerance (am I right?). Plus, crunches are only one way to target the complex muscles that make up our core. To really get in a complete core workout, those crunches need some companionship. I love working my core through a variety of standing and mat exercises. This 40 minute core workout is part of Millionare Hoy’s Silent But Deadly series, which includes 28 low impact workouts (definitely a great series to check out while traveling!). Focus on contracting your core through this workout, and you will be sure to feel sore the next day:

40 Minute Silent Six-Pack Low Impact Workout

Total Body Barre Workout

I’ve never taken a barre class before, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. People rave about how great barre routines are for toning and shaping the body. I’m no expert on this exercise form, but think it would be a perfect option for traveling, since most hotels and Airbnbs have a chair, which is the only required equipment for this 40 minute Fitness Blender total body barre workout. I definitely plan on trying out this routine during while traveling this week!

Total Body Barre Workout

What’s your favorite way to exercise while traveling? I’m always looking for new workouts to shake things up!



Beating the Heat with Irresistible Me

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Let me be the millionth person to say, this heat is out of control. Aside from the hiding out in my air conditioned bedroom or sweating it out on the streets of Manhattan, this humidity is doing quite a number to my usually straight and fairly manageable hair.

These high temps brought the perfect opportunity to test out Irresistible Me’s professional hair straightener. I usually use straighteners before going out to quickly touch up my hair when I want a more polished look. But this humidity brings another challenge to deal with: frizz. frizz. frizz.

I styled my hair with Irresistible Me’s Diamond Hair Styler and ventured out into New York’s 100 degree heat index to put the product to the test. Although after a few hours my strands were no longer completely pin straight, my hair retained the general style and frizz was kept to a minimum.

My hair is super thin and naturally fairly straight, so I don’t use a straightener on the regular, but I’m excited to keep experimenting with this styler to see what other hair-battles it will fight by my side!

So maybe with a few (hundred) fans and the Diamond Hair Styler, I might just survive this heat wave 😉



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I received this Professional Hair Straightener courtesy of Irresistible Me, but all opinions are 100% my own.

What are your beauty secrets to beating the heat?



Five to Fit: Curried Cauliflower Medley

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As I mentioned in this post, eating out, while fun and worth the cash at times, is expensive, especially in a city like New York. Cooking at home is an excellent way to save money and stay healthy. I love to cook and have been primarily cooking for myself since my junior year of college, but I know this is not a pastime everyone shares. People, especially those who live alone or with roommates, think cooking for one person is difficult and not worth the time and effort. Allow me to try to change those minds 🙂

Cooking for one person (or even two!) can be quick and easy; all it takes is a little thinking and planning. I usually cook a bigger dish once or twice a week that I can have for dinner every night and even use to top off the salads I bring to work for lunch. One or two days in the kitchen is all it takes to have affordable, healthy meals for a week. It can’t be easier than that!

Of course, some recipes are more challenging and time consuming than others, so I try to stick with dishes that can be made fairly quickly with few ingredients. Today, I am kicking off my new series, Five to Fit, with this easy and delicious Curried Cauliflower Medley. Keep your eyes out for more Five to Fit posts which will feature recipes using only five ingredients (or less!).

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To make this a full meal, I ate it with half a sweet potato topped with hummus! Any other combination of healthy carbs and protein, like a side of brown rice and beans, tofu, or fish, will do!

Did you try this recipe? Tag your photos with #FivetoFit on social media so I can see your cooking masterpieces! 🙂



Introducing Five to Fit

It’s no secret that we are a society of extremely busy people. We thrive on quick fixes, multi-tasking, and apps that will do anything and everything for us. Our lives operate based on priority lists, because we can’t possibly do it all. And honestly…I think some of our priorities are a little unbalanced. We prioritize the things we must do to survive (like working for a paycheck) and the things that are easy (like binge watching Netflix), but what about the things that take a little bit of work? Things like health and fitness. For a lot of people, these extremely important things fall to the wayside because they are viewed as taking up too much effort and time.

Health and fitness are huge priorities in my life. I build my busy schedule and obligations around health, instead of the other way around. Health and fitness do take work, but I think those who don’t prioritize them as highly do so because they are intimidated by the time and effort they think they take. I want to change that perception. A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be intimidating; it should be inspiring for both you and others.

I’ve decided to start a new series on The Pace to inspire people to make health and fitness a greater priority by showing that these things can easily fit into a busy life.

Introducing…Five to Fit, a series dedicated to creating a place for health and fitness in our hectic lives. Five to Fit will feature healthy recipes made with five ingredients or less, workouts consisting of only five moves, and other health and fitness inspiration in short and sweet doses.

Get ready to start seeing Five to Fit posts on The Pace in the very near future! Because health and fitness can fit into our fast pace world.


Weekend in Boston

There are certain places in this world that are extraordinarily loved. One mention of it and the eyes of its residents and even previous visitors light up, followed by choruses of praises. Not many cities are lucky enough to earn this type of treatment, but for years, I’ve noticed Boston is one of the lucky few. People love Boston. Until this past weekend, I was curious what made it so incredible, as I had never been there. Finally, my curiosities and questions were put to rest while I explored this beloved city with my wonderful friend, Anika.

Anika has been Boston’s number one fan since I first met her at Villanova, so I knew I was extremely lucky to have her as my tour guide for the weekend. She lives in Back Bay, so first we explored her neighborhood, stopping to check out the farmers’ market in Copley Square, taking in the beautiful and historic Trinity Church, and looking at all the shops and restaurants on Newbury Street. I was blown away by the beautiful gardens and pond at the Public Gardens and loved people watching through Boston Commons. It didn’t take long for this city to work its magic on me. After a few minutes of walking around and taking in the lovely architecture, clean streets, and gorgeous parks, I understood why people love this place so much, and I knew I was in for one amazing visit.

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Next, we made our way to the North End, and sought shelter from the scorching heat sitting under the shade. Taking in the calm water, rocking sail boats, and happy people around me, I felt the peaceful energy of this city.

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After miles of walking in the 90 degree weather, we decided it was time for a cold drink. We stopped in at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub in Faneuil Hall for drinks and curry fries. Continuing our conversations from the day, we caught up on our lives and reminisced about funny moments and memories from our not-so-long-ago days in college.

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For dinner, we found a new Italian restaurant in the North End called Scopa. We ordered red wine and split scallops and a margherita pizza. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and affordable. I definitely recommend trying out this new spot in Boston’s Italian neighborhood!

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On Saturday, we woke up ready for another day of exploration. We started the day at The Met Back Bay for brunch and a Bloody Mary bar. The drinks and food were delicious and the atmosphere was adorable. I definitely recommend the Met if you’re looking for a fun weekend brunch (especially a boozy one 😉 ).

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After brunch, we walked along the Charles River. On this sunny Saturday morning, the people of Boston were out and about: sunbathing on the dock, running and biking along the river, and enjoying their gorgeous city. It wasn’t even noon yet, and Day 2 was already looking fantastic.

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Anika and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and headed up to her apartment’s rooftop pool. Soon, our friend, Connor, joined us for an afternoon of sunning, laughing, and catching up. After we had all the sun and heat we could take, we headed back downstairs to cool off and get ready for the evening.

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That night, we took the T to Cambridge and walked around Harvard Square before getting dinner at Border Café. The meal was incredible. A huge restaurant with huge portions and margaritas to match 😉 There’s nothing better than friends, margs, and guacamole; I thought I might explode from happiness (or maybe I just had one too many Swordfish tacos!). Border Café has great prices, food, and portions—certainly would go back again!

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After dinner, we needed to walk off our full stomachs, so we strolled around Harvard’s campus. I would be lying if I said I didn’t quote Legally Blonde at least a few times 😉 As the sun began to set, we made our way to a rooftop bar called Daedalus to enjoy the beautiful summer night, a bottle of Cabernet, and great conversation. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Sunday morning’s arrival was bittersweet. I just started falling in love with this incredible city and was not ready to leave it! But thinking back on the wonder weekend I had with such amazing friends, makes me smile. And now, the mystery has been solved. I finally understand the immense love so many have for Boston. The special love is more than deserved, because this city is more than special. I can’t wait for my next visit.

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Any recommendations for my next trip to Boston? Help a girl out!



Sales and Steals Under $20

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Is it just me or does summer make my wallet feel super empty? There’s just so much to do! So many places to go, people to see, food to eat, and drinks to drink 😉 This summer, I’ve been focusing a lot of experiences: getting to know my new city with friends and family and also traveling to see loved ones outside of the Big Apple.

With most of my extra cash going toward train tickets and going out expenses, my shopping budget has been very strict. I saw this dress (can’t find it online, but should still be in store!) at H&M for only $10, and I knew right away, it was a steal I couldn’t pass up! If anyone else is feeling the summertime spending crunch like me, I got your back. Tons of my favorite stores are having end of season sales and the deals are UNREAL. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite sale pieces to help give your wardrobe a mid-summer boost, without having to sacrifice next weekends exciting plans! The best news of all? Everything is under $20 (you’re welcome! 😉 ).

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Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Ruffle Hem Fit + Flare Romper (Originally $69, on sale for $19.99)

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Zara Shiny Silver Dress (originally $39.90, on sale for $19.99)

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Express Geo Chevron Print Tie-Back Cropped Halter Top (originally $39.90, on sale for $19.99)

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Express Deep V-Neck Cut-Out Zip Back Abbreviated Sweater (originally $49.90, on sale for $14.99)

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Urban Outfitters Ecote Zooey Surplice Cold-Shoulder Top (originally $39, on sale for $19.99)

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Express 2 Inch High Rise Stretch Denim Sailor Short (originally $49.90, on sale for $19.99)

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Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Hayden Halter Top (originally $39, on sale for $19.99)

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Urban Outfitters Golden Daze Cat-Eye Sunglasses (Originally $49, on sale for $19.99)

What amazing deals are you scoring right now?



P.S. Check out the super cool non-profit, GameCrate, where you can donate old video games to spread joy and learning to others!




3 Boroughs, 2 Vegans, 1 Amazing Weekend

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This past weekend, my parents traveled from their home in Pittsburgh to visit me for the first time in New York! I was so excited to play hostess to the two incredible people who “hosted” me for 18 years! My parents are vegan, love a good drink, and are always up for a fun adventure, so I knew their visit would include lots of vegetables, a few glasses of wine, and countless laughs.

My parents arrived in Manhattan on Friday evening, so we kicked off the weekend at Smithfield Hall. Over happy hour drinks, we caught up about my new job and life in the city and all the happenings back at home. For dinner, we ordered the Black Bean burger, which was absolutely delicious (and vegan!). Smithfield Hall had awesome happy hour prices, tons of great food options, a fun atmosphere, and wonderful service. It was the perfect place to welcome my parents to the Big Apple!

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After dinner, my parents had their first lesson on the New York subway system and rode just like pros! When we got back to my neighborhood in Queens, I gave them a walking tour to show them my favorite market, the gym I visit every morning, and all of the other little spots and shops along the way. It was fun to welcome them to my first “big girl” apartment and be able to spend the night chatting and laughing with two of my favorite people on the planet.

On Saturday, we woke up ready to take on the city! Our first stop was Union Square Park, which has quickly become a favorite spot of mine in Manhattan. I knew my parents would love the huge farmers’ market full of produce, flowers and plants, and other goodies. We bought a bag of beet chips, a loaf of fresh olive bread for our dinner that evening, and happily accepted samples along the way.

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Next, I showed my parents the place I spend most of my time: my office! They were happy to see my desk and the open office space. My dad even got my mom and I to pose for a photo in front of the sign 🙂

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Second to spending time with each other, my parents and I love veggies more than anything, so I knew I had to take them to my favorite salad place, Sweetgreen. We ordered our salad masterpieces and took them to Union Square Park for a little picnic. My parents taught me to be the salad-master that I am today, so for them to say these were the best salads they ever had is the best endorsement there is.

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With only so little time in the day, we moved on to our next borough: Brooklyn. When your parents are as cool as mine, Williamsburg, the hipster capital of New York, is a must-visit. We people watched as we sipped iced-coffees at Konditori, a Swedish cafe, told stories by the river and gazed at the gorgeous view of Manhattan, and shared the most delicious cup of vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream at Van Leeuwin. Once we had had our share of this neighborhood’s hipster residents and attractions, it was time to head back to Queens.

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One of my favorite things in the world is cooking with my parents (while sipping on wine of course!). We grabbed fresh produce from the markets in my neighborhood and worked together to make stuffed mushrooms with vegan cheese, peppers, and onions, and sautéd tomatoes to put on top of the bread we had bought earlier. We spent the entire night cooking, drinking, eating, laughing, listening to music, and playing cards. It was one of the best nights I have had all summer (which is saying a lot, because I have been having quite an amazing couple of months!).

Of course, I was extremely sad to hug my parents goodbye and watch them board their bus back to Pittsburgh, but I am so thankful for the time we spent together. I am so fortunate to have parents who are willing to spend two full days traveling, just to spend one full day with their daughter. I always knew my parents were the coolest, but spending time with them in my new city reiterates that point even further. I truly am the luckiest daughter in all five boroughs of New York 🙂

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already planning my parents next visit. If you have suggestions for great vegan food, interesting bars, or other fun attractions you think my parents and I would like, let me know in the comment section below!



What I’ve Learned after One Month in New York City

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It’s official: I’ve been a New Yorker for exactly one month…and what a month it has been. I’ve dreamed of living in this city since I was a little girl obsessed with Broadway musicals, bright lights, and huge skyscrapers. Now, I feel like I’m living in a dream come true and really believe I was born to live in this city.

I’ve learned a lot during my first month in the Big Apple. I know there’s still so much out there that I don’t know and so many places I haven’t explored, but that’s one of the reasons I love this city so much. I’m not sure I’ll ever know it all or ever get over the excitement that comes with these busy streets and crowded subways.

Before moving to the city, (I’m embarrassed to admit that…) I read dozens of articles with titles like, “Things you Must Know Before Moving to New York.” But to mark my one month anniversary of being a New York gal, I thought I would share just a few things I’ve learned so far…things that were not on those lists. 😉

1. Not everyone in the city is a fast walker

I’ve always kept a super speedy walking pace, and slow walkers are one of my biggest pet peeves. Everyone told me I would fit in so well in New York, where fast walking is the norm. I hate to report that this is not necessarily the case. People in New York walk just like people everywhere else—at their own pace. Fortunately, in New York, it is perfectly acceptable to swerve in and out of the slower walkers in order to keep up a fast pace, an art I am starting to master. But don’t expect me to start running through traffic yet…these things take time 😉

2. Going out is expensive…but it’s worth it

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I read this on every “Things to Know about NYC” list, and I am here to confirm that it is 100% true. I’m starting to grow accustom to my cheapest options being $8 beers, $10 glasses of wine, and $14 cocktails (the key is that these are the cheap options). But in a city full of endless bars and restaurants, it’s silly to deny myself a night out just because I can’t get a $5 Long Island Iced Tea like I used to in college. I’ve learned the key to not becoming broke is to pace yourself (good for more things than just your wallet!) and to maintain balance. I cook dinner for myself plenty of nights out of the week to make up for the nights I’m buying a $10 glass of Cabernet. Balance is key, my friends.

3. However, not all food is expensive in this city

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The markets in my neighborhood in Queens have super cheap and fresh produce. Since my diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables, my grocery bill has been cut by more than half. It’s amazing! Plus, I love the feeling of going to the market every couple of days to pick up some fruits and veggies, instead of hauling myself to an overcrowded store in the suburbs every Sunday to do my weekly shopping (I’m talking about you, Main Line grocery stores 😉 ). This fresh, affordable, and healthy food helps to achieve my balance of not saying goodbye to both my wallet and health.

4. The Subway is the world’s biggest casino

As a small town girl, I feared the subway. I had heard horror stories of the crazies that rode in the crowded cars and just looking at the map confused me like crazy. I am happy to report that the subway scares me no longer 🙂 Any fool who knows how to use Google Transit and the difference between Uptown and Downtown can ride the subway successfully. However, I’ve learned the subway is constantly playing games with the hearts of New Yorkers. Some days, you’ll just make it to the stop as your train is pulling up. Other days, your line won’t be in service at all. Some days, you will score a seat and happily read your Kindle throughout your commute. Other days, you will barely be able to breathe as you’re stuffed up against strangers. Some days, you win; some days, you lose. I guess learning to accept this is part of being a true New Yorker.

5. Confidence is in the air

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People in New York come in every possible variety—they come from different countries, speak different languages, wear different clothes, and have different passions and dreams. But I have found one thing to exist in so many of the New Yorkers I have encountered: confidence. It’s that girl strutting down the street in stilettos like she’s on a runway. The little boy who knows exactly what Mister Softie flavor he wants. And the older woman at the market who is not moving from her spot in front of the peppers until she has found the perfect one. Confidence in New York comes in all shapes and sizes, just like its residents, but confidence is what keeps this city hustling, bustling, and awake all night.

This isn’t too shabby of a list from just a month of living here, but I know in another month…year…however long I’m here, I will never stop learning. In a city this big, with so much to do and explore, the possibilities are endless.



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