WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Hello people! I know it's been a while since I posted on my blog, but the past two months have been crazy. I am now living in New York City for the summer (woohoo!!). I have been here for a week and a half at this point and am truly truly loving it. What better time to move to NYC than the week that T Swift decides to put all of her music back on Spotify?! Hence the title of this post...

So, where to begin with this New York life I'm living at the moment? I am living in Soho, right off of the Little Italy streets. Honestly, not going to lie that it's pretty dangerous, not in regards to my safety, but my in regards to my wallet. There are sooooo many food and shopping options within in a 2 minute radius, I don't know how I'm going to make my money last all summer. 

I was really lucky to have my mom fly up with me and help me get all of my stuff up here. 5 bags, an almost missed transfer flight, and a taxi ride later and we were standing in front of my summer NYC apartment. I am very fortunate to be living with some of the best girls around that I know from Clemson and we have already had an incredible start to our time here together. 

While my mom was here for a few days, we shopped for apartment items, went to see the new broadway show, Anastasia, and ate all the cannolis from Little Italy. There were many tears as she got in the cab to go to the airport, leaving me in the city we've visited so many times together. As I walked away down my new street I put my sunglasses on to hide the tears that were both sad and happy as I explored my new neighborhood for the first time.  

In the past week, I have shopped (way too much) around Soho, gotten groceries and carried them home via the subway like a true New Yorker, saw Edwin Mccain perform (for free) in Chelsea, attended photoshoots with the sweetest fashion photographer, explored the MET by myself, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, brunched so hard with my roomies, attended Tim Keller's church and Hillsong NYC (the worship was out of this world incredible), I've run into Maggie Gyllenhaal and Victoria Beckham a block from my apartment (casual), and started work at my internship.

All in all, the past 10 days have been nothing short of incredible and I am so excited to see what else this city has to offer throughout the summer. However, one of my favorite parts of living in NYC is the people I get to meet. Everyone has a story, and contrary to what you might think, most people are genuinely friendly. Whether it's striking up a conversation with someone at church, talking to the guy sitting next to you on the Washington Square Park fountain, or meeting random people that you've never met before but you have mutual friends with for coffee, everyone is so open to friendship and celebrating each other's accomplishments.

Even though most people I meet are very different from me in beliefs, world views, and interests,  everyone is very accepting of each other's differences and still willing to get to know one another, which has been something very different than I'm used to while growing up in the south, but something I am really excited about experiencing this summer. My prayer for myself during this time is that I grow in confidence of my abilities and who God has made me to be as I experience this independence and the real world responsibility for the first time in my life, and also that while I am here I love those people I encounter that may be very different from me in a way that show's them the light that's living inside of me.  

Below are some pictures from some of these recent experiences I've had and the people I'm meeting here (sorry most are iphone quality, better ones to come soon)! I am hoping this summer, as I grow creatively and experience so many incredible things in NYC, that I can update my blog more frequently and tell you guys more about what I'm up to! So if you'd like to hear about any of it, feel free to follow along! More to come soon <3 

xoxo,

Jor