Enjoying Your Own Company

After being stuck at work all weekend, I really wanted to take advantage of the beautiful day outside.  I don’t really have close friends and since my job has me working an odd schedule, I always find myself off from work on certain days during the week but with nothing to do and no one to hang out with.  It doesn’t help that I have not been feeling like myself lately.  I can’t help but feel like I am in rut.  I am two years away from turning 30 and am nowhere near where I thought I would be in life.  I am stuck in a career that I do not like and stuck in the same neighborhood I am so desperately trying to move out of.

Now any other day, I would have sat in bed contemplating what to do on my day off.  Going into the city always seems tempting but then I start thinking about the hassle of walking to the subway (which is quite a walk from where I live) and having to put up with crowded trains, the pushing and shoving and anxiety immediately takes over.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a city girl who grew up getting from point A to point B on the good ole’ MTA but the older I get, the lower my threshold of things I can put up with on public transportation gets.  So I usually just end up hopping on a bus that takes me to a shopping center about 15 minutes away.  At this point I am there so frequently that workers from various stores already recognize me.  I must admit it is kind of embarrassing.

So today I was determined to do something different.  I got up early, showered, got dressed and was out the door by 10am.  As much as I dislike taking the subway, I got on the train and went all the way downtown to the Soho area.  I have some events coming up and thought that would be the perfect place to get some shopping done.  Once I was finished with shopping, I was about to go to the Starbucks I always go to when I am in that area ( I am definitely a creature of habit), but then decided I would like to try something new.  I went on Yelp and looked up cafes in the area and came across a place called Two Hands.  The reviews were great and everyone was raving about their avocado toast.  So off I went to find the cute, little café.  IMG_0516IMG_0519IMG_0520

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I had the avocado toast and iced latte and am so glad I did! I meant to take a picture of the food, but I was starving and it looked so good I started eating immediately.  It was my first time going out to eat alone and I was super nervous but once I was seated I realized there was a girl around my age that was there alone as well. We actually had a very nice conversation.  This was kind of a big deal for me because I am an introvert.  I am really shy around people I do not know so I have a hard time meeting people.

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Once I was finished eating, I decided to walk Uptown towards Union Square. I checked out some stores in the area and ended up buying a few things from Express, Zara, and Forever21. I decided to snap some pics as I was walking so I am sure some people thought I was a tourist haha.

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It amazes me that I have lived here all my life and yet there is so much I do not know about the city.

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This was my OOTD. Not very glamourous but I was not really in the mood to dress up. I was just happy to be off from work. I wanted to be comfortable so I went with a white tank, jeans, and kimono (all from Express).

It was a great day.  It was one of the few times I really enjoyed my own company.  It felt good to step outside of my comfort zone.

What have you guys done recently to step outside of your comfort zones?

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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