For years, friends, family and colleagues have been urging me to start a blog. It seems a necessary byproduct for someone who studied journalism, and for someone who is a fanatic reader of other peoples’ blogs. Yet, it has taken me an embarrassing amount of time to bite the bullet and set one up.
I guess it is because there is something quite scary about how easily accessible everyone’s lives seem these days – between all the different social media verticals out there, you can quite literally see what someone eats, sleeps and breathes. I also somewhat fear the ‘blogger’ handle, and it’s a big ask to put your thoughts, opinions, hopes and dreams out in the public sphere and be judged (for better or for worse) by those who know you, and those who don’t.
However, after moving to the other side of the world, I finally concluded that there is no time like the present. 2015 was a great year, professionally through my work as a fashion and entertainment writer with the Irish Independent, and personally too with lots of great memories made. But I have an inkling that 2016 is going to be even better.
The following is what I’m aspiring towards and most looking forward to in the next 12 months.
* Working for MADE during New York Fashion Week – I’m so excited about this opportunity! I recently found out that I will be working with this cool, niche brand, which is owned by WME IMG, the largest talent agency in the world.
* Celebrating mine and my two room-mates (Ailbhe and Ruth) 24th birthdays in February and March. We collectively decided that our presents to one another will be moving apartments to a neighbourhood that’s livelier and closer to the city.
* Experimenting with a vegan lifestyle. I made the conscious decision to cut out meat two weeks ago, and already I am sleeping better and feeling more energised. I studied sports nutrition before I moved here and I was very active, yet everything I knew kind of went out the window when all of a sudden there was a Dunkin’ Donuts on every street corner. It’s time I start focusing on my health and wellness again, and eating as wholesome a diet as I can.
* RUNNING! I’ve been running for years to keep up with my ginormous appetite. It was my New Year’s Resolution to get back into it, but between the snow and my hectic schedule, doing laps of the park has been put on the back burner. Once the weather starts to get better, I want to lace up my runners again and get going, and hopefully enter some local races too.
* Festivals: Last year, I was very privileged to attend eight music festivals in Ireland and the UK through my work with the Indo. Without a doubt, music festivals are my favourite thing in the world. So far, I’ve book tickets to Coachella and The Governor’s Ball, and hopefully a few more will pop up too.
* I’ve always wished I was a ballerina. However, I’m not very dainty on my feet and to this day I haven’t mastered my lefts and rights, so it was never going to be a viable career. One thing I really want to do this year is go to see the ballet. Alessandra Ferri, at the impressive age of 52, is due to star in Romeo and Juliet this summer and I hope to be in the audience at some stage.
* Experience New York nightlife’s infamous hidden gems. Top of the list are ‘Sleep No More’ at the McKittrick Hotel, Sunday night bingo at The Standard hotel, and hitting up some of the city’s legendary speakeasies such as Bathtub Gin, Please Don’t Tell, Employees Only and The Blind Barber.
* Get a new tattoo. I’m so fascinated by tattoos and as soon as I got my last one in September, I was trawling Pinterest and Instagram to find ideas for my next. I’ve always been a huge admirer of LA based The Shamrock Social Club artist Dr Woo… so perhaps a trip to the city of angels will be on the cards this year.
* Professionally, I’m still figuring out what it is I want to do. As long as it is creative and involves writing, I will be happy. I’m still toying with the idea of going back to study a masters in fashion history or fashion curation at NYU, FIT or Parsons. But maybe I should aim to win the lottery first as student fees are major money here!
* Some other random things include; the Sex and the City tour, Top of the Rock, a secret warehouse rave in Williamsburg, taking a Shadowboxing class, visiting the Museum of Modern Art, taking in an ice hockey game (requisite hot dog and beer in hand, naturally), buying myself the Chanel espadrilles I’ve been lusting after for years to celebrate something monumental, going to see a gospel choir sing at mass, the 6am concert series during the summer, and of course… investing in a camera to preserve these memories.