After a few weeks away from home filled with a lot of fantasy and very little reality, Iâ€™m having a hard time readjusting. Itâ€™s always difficult to come down from the excitement and adventure but at the same time, Iâ€™m desperately craving a sense of routine.
Getting back into the swing of things hasnâ€™t happened as quickly as Iâ€™d hoped. Late nights out at a dueling piano bar (the boardwalk at Disney World is where the real fun is!) and an epic goth party in New York were compounded by a cross-country flight full of sick people and man, I caught whatever they had. It was worth all the good times with friends old and new, though. Thereâ€™s nothing funnier than waking up and turning on your camera only to discover oodles of dark, blurry photos of selfies with your #squad.
New York aways has the coolest street art popping up. I always expect things to be so different when I visit but in reality, so much is still the same. The same bars, coffee shops and clubs I frequented nearly 15 years ago are still standing and Iâ€™m still meeting up with friends from my early 20s. Itâ€™s a strange feeling of familiarity, another lifetime I exist in for a week at a time here and there.
The most epic day of my New York trip was last Sunday. Kat, Gala and I taught our final live The Blogcademy workshop and with no time for a nap, headed straight out to Necrocomicon, a goth-themed event at The Delancey. It was perfect timing since mine and Galaâ€™s birthdays had happened just a few days earlier so we invited all our friends to come along in their best vampire finery.
Iâ€™d been begging Kat to join me for a goth night for YEARS and damn, she looked good. I hope she adopts this as her every day look!
Those all nighters at the club DO catch up with you once youâ€™re in your 30s and this is the cure.
I love walking around New York with good company and no plans. The day usually fills up quickly anyway with photo booths, flower shops, new restaurants and browsing boutiques.
Traveling makes for a lot of great memories and Iâ€™ve been feeling tired of having them trapped inside my phone. I ordered a bunch of my favorite shots through the Artifact Uprising app (just upload and go!) and am so happy with the quality. This is the set I got.
In other news, Iâ€™ve been feeling like Iâ€™m in a weird transitional phase. Maybe itâ€™s all the traveling and different parts of my life colliding at once but itâ€™s definitely left me wanting to spend less time online and more time in real life.
Earlier this summer, all my luggage was lost in Italy and it never quite caught up with me in New York before I headed home. I was finally reunited with it this week and unpacking it was a total trip. All the random things Iâ€™d bought in Italy and Morocco came tumbling out, a bizarre mixture of treasures.
Once Iâ€™d gotten to the bottom of a suitcase packed so snugly it was a wonder anyone was able to even lift it, it was back to work on the new Branch site. With a new website comes an updated portfolio. I used to be great about staying on top of organizing and sharing finished work until running a studio became my full-time job. Now, itâ€™s more important for me to stay on top of current client projects but then the weeks, months (and now a year!) has flown by with no updates. Portfolios are the same as everything else in your life â€” the longer you wait, the harder it is to dig yourself out. Itâ€™s been a good test, though â€” Iâ€™m working on a post of portfolio tips to help you get yours into shape, too. All the pain and suffering is worth it. 😉
In a nutshell, this week has been all about catching up. It feels good to hit the reset button. While the break from reality has been much needed, Iâ€™m excited to dig back into blogging here regularly next week.
Have an amazing weekend, friends. Sending much love your way!