Thoughts on Community

It’s amazing what a huge difference it makes when you step out into a world with so many people in such a small space. Now, I haven’t had the luxury of traveling much in my life so my exposure to such a variety of people has been limited. So maybe my current experiences are kind of “duh” things for most of you guys. But I’m going to share anyway ;)

In my little town in Florida you see so many familiar faces. You can almost predict how people are going to act before you even speak to them. It’s a typical small town, with a certain few stereotypes of people. There are, of course, a few outliers…but there’s definitely a lot of commonalities as well! It’s never bothered me at all – I love my hometown. But if I’m being honest, I’ve always been kind of (okay, more than kind of) an introvert. I don’t go out of my way to go be around people. I don’t really go out of my way to engage in conversation with them when I am around them. I’m not really sure why, it’s just how I’ve always been!

Being in New York, I’ve been overwhelmed with a huge sense of community. You are forced to be around people 24/7. You see them on the subway on the way to work, the cafe down the street, hanging outside of the apartments, walking around the park. I think the subway has been the most intriguing place to me because there’s such a huge melting pot of people in there all at once. In some ways it’s unfortunate because people are forced into public situations that may otherwise have been private (example: getting in an argument with your significant other, nursing a migraine, feeling sick, getting bad news, etc.). But at the same time, I’ve never seen people be so helpful and friendly. I’ve witnessed a stranger give someone an ice pack out of her lunchbox for someone who obviously had a headache. I’ve seen tissues handed over to tearful faces. I’ve seen shared lunches.I’ve seen someone get stuck with no cash at the MetroCard machineĀ  that doesn’t take Debit cards that day and watched a total stranger buy them a pass so they could get home.

For an introvert, I was really nervous about being out here with so many people. To be honest, I think my lack of exposure to people (my own fault) had me subconsciously believing the worst about people. But I’ve found myself in so many conversations that I would have never had. I’ve met real estate agents, stock brokers, construction workers, fashion designers, bus drivers, etc. All of us on different paths but in the same subway train.

When it comes down to it, we’re this huge amazing beautiful human race. We’re all in it together. It doesn’t matter what your situation is, the bottom line is that we’re all humans and that is a beautiful thing. No one is alone.

If I’ve pulled anything out of this experience so far, it’s that people are amazing and I want to learn as much as I can from every single one that I’m fortunate enough to meet!

xo Jacquelyn

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100th Post! And Hello NYC :)

If you’re reading this: THANK YOU!

Thank you for supporting me by reading my crazy thoughts and experiences. It’s hard to believe that I’ve written 100 posts already.

I’m so glad that I chose to start this blog, and I can’t wait to watch it grow. My motive is to create an atmosphere where I can be completely candid about my passion for any and everything fitness as well as work on my writing. But most importantly, I’m most excited about connecting with people that I never would have been able to reach otherwise.

I think it’s pretty fitting that my milestone of 100 blogging posts falls on another milestone for me: moving to NYC for 2 months to do an internship as an Exercise Physiologist for my Master’s degree!

So while you’re reading this, I’m most likely be on an airplane heading to NYC or settling in and getting ready to start my internship!

Here’s to the next 100 posts and many more!

xo Jacquelyn

Technical Difficulties

So to anyone who might have noticed, I haven’t been able to make a post since the end of last week!

I just recently got a tablet and have been using it to write most of my posts lately. I had all of my posts written out and schedule for the last couple of days and linked to my facebook so that it would all be posted at midnight. Unforunately I didn’t realize that instead of scheduling the posts, I was saving them as drafts! The dashboard looks slightly different so I wasn’t used to it yet, haha.

I have figured out how to solve the problem, so everything should be running smoothly from here on out!

While I’m in NYC I’m going to limit my posts to 2-3 times per week so that I can focus on my studies. I look forward to sharing all of my adventures with you guys!

xo Jacquelyn

Packing…oh boy

Since my trip to NYC is officially 10 (ten!?!?) days away, I’m having to start thinking about the whole packing thing.

Yeah.

I have never traveled much. Once a year since I was little my mom and I would go to Kansas to visit my family. Typically these were little 7 day trips, so nothing too crazy to have to pack for.

This time I’m having to plan for 7 weeks. Big difference!

Of course, I’ve been scouring pinterest for the best packing tips. I’ve learned a lot of great strategies and even little rules with carry on’s/luggage that I didn’t know before. Seriously, props to those of you who travel frequently and have all of this packing stuff down pat!

I figured I would share with you guys some of the useful posts I’ve found! I feel like packing is such an art form and am always looking for any tips and tricks on how to be the most efficient!

Travel Beauty Tips

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I found ^^ this picture on pinterest and was immediately like “oh…DUH that’s such a good idea!” So I pinned it and never checked back. But today I checked back and it turns out it was an incredible detailed post with tons of tips and tricks on bringing all those tricky little beauty products with you! Razors, shampoos, makeup, etc. I might actually print it out for easy reference while I’m packing!

Packing Tips and Tricks

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And here we have another packing genius! Amazing pictures, amazing ideas. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock. I didn’t even know those traveling jewelry things existed, lol! Also, I’ll be bringing a couple pairs of running shoes with me, and I never thought to wrap them in a plastic bag to keep them from getting my clothes dirty!

How to Pack a Carry-on Like a Boss

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A girl after my own heart. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets that feeling of satisfaction when things are all nice and organized and in their place. I’ve been unsure about what to bring on my carry-on and this post helped a ton. Not to mention the awesome pictures. So helpful. SO SO helpful!

So, these are the things that will hopefully make my packing for living in NYC for 7 weeks a success. I’m so happy that these ladies were so kind to share their expertise with the world. I also plan on writing about what works best for me, so look forward to another packing post with all of my trials and tribulations in the near future ;)

Do you have any packing tips for me!?

xo Jacquelyn

Kind & True

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I saw this quote on Pinterest yesterday and I couldn’t agree more! I had been thinking the other day about how liberating honesty is. When you’re being honest, there’s so much confidence because you know it’s true. You’re not stressing about whether or not something sounds legitimate – it is what it is.

Plus, honesty usually rings so clearly in what you’re saying that other people feel confident in you too! It’s so worth it to just spread honest and encouraging words. I think it really could change the world!

xo Jacquelyn