Photos from my Retro Flame Instagram
Hey everyone! Since I’ve come back from my French Riviera trip, things have just been hectic to say the least. I don’t know if it’s because it’s summer here in New York and everything is a little less routine-orientated, social media pressures are always hanging over my head or if it’s because I’m going through a crazy busy career/work phase, but wow I feel like I just haven’t even had time to breathe. Being someone who is OCD about always being organized and a step ahead, these busy periods stress me out more than they should. And as always, whenever I get overly stressed, I get sick which is exactly what happened this week. It’s like my body just gives up when it gets to a certain stage and stops me right in my tracks. I guess like a lot of us, I tend to put too much pressure on myself to ‘try to do it all’ but I need to learn to remind myself that I’m a 20-something year old living in New York city…and there always needs to be a balance. The girls and I are forever having this same conversation, so I think that’s exactly why we try to make the most of our weekends here. The photos above are a selection from a girly brunch at the Standard Hotel, a wander around Flatiron with Lorna, rooftop evening drinks at The Gansevoort, catch-ups with friends in Bryant Park and Central park evenings. Thank God for good friends and New York weekends.
“There’s a lot that is good in your life – don’t take it for granted.
Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.”
Something which effected me so much this week was hearing about the absolutely tragic accident in Berkeley, California where 6 young Irish students lost their lives. As I was in the middle of stressing about absolutely tiny things in my life, I realized that none of it was important. The most important thing of all is appreciating the fact that I was here, alive & healthy. I think I’m 100% right when I say that this heartbreaking accident has touched every single Irish person, especially those of us who know exactly what it’s like to head off on a J1 and has made us all realize just how short life can be. We need to remember to never take the little things for granted and always always be thankful for who & what we have. Once you realize just how lucky you are to be here, it puts absolutely everything into perspective.