Routine is the Enemy of Time

Three weeks ago, I quit my comfortable job, discontinued my lease, picked up my life in New York, and moved to Florida. Then, a week ago, I left for a 35-day European trip. As I’m sure you can imagine, there has been a ton of stress and anxiety over the past couple months while I’ve decided to make these big changes.

You must be asking yourself why? To be honest, I was too comfortable living a life that I didn’t particularly enjoy. Do not get me wrong, I have afforded myself the opportunities to travel, live independently, spend time with friends, and experience new things – and I am extremely grateful for these opportunities. But my day-to-day, between weekends and vacations were becoming tortuous. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I was auto-piloting through a life I didn’t want, where I sat at a desk staring at a computer Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM and stressing out constantly about things I didn’t necessarily care about. I felt trapped by the money and benefits; trapped by this feeling of needing to stay because that’s what society expects of a person my age; trapped by the idea that if I quit my job I will never make as much money as I do now.

You know what, I’d rather give it all up than look back in 20 years and have an overwhelming senses of regret. I never want to live a “I wonder what would’ve happened if I…” or “If only I had…” life.

Once I accepted the fact that if I stayed, I would most likely never feel truly alive. Once I accepted that “failure” is a part of life and that if it doesn’t work out moving south AT LEAST I TRIED…and I can always go back.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, to be honest, this is a really long introduction to this amazing video called The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia where a young man, Jedediah quits his job and travels from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. This is something I would love to do, but I would not do alone. However, if you listen to what Jedediah says, including the title of this blog, “routine is the enemy of time,” I think it will be easier to understand why so many people my age are quitting their comfortable jobs to travel, to go back to school, to create their own businesses, to take time off from a routine life, and/or to create art. I think this video can help some people start to understand that happiness cannot be quantified by a dollar value, but more of an inner peace with what they choose to do with their lives that make them feel truly alive. Enjoy!

2014 Recap

Before I start going on about some of the things I have done this year, and get back into the blogging spirit, I realized that I should give you guys a recap of 2014.

2014 was a crazy year. I saw a lot of live music, went to a few fun sporting events, and overall, had a great time.

I started off the year with seeing my first ever NY KNICKS basketball game at Madison Square Garden (MSG). I had gotten the tickets for my brother for Christmas, and the seats were pretty great. The environment was a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see the celebrities that show up to these games, considering the Knicks aren’t the best team.

A few weeks later, my brother and I brought my parents to the COMEDY CELLAR for their Christmas present, and I don’t think any of us have ever laughed hard. I had too much fun, if that’s even possible. I may have drank a little too much over the course of the evening, but I regret nothing. It was such a great time that I brought my parents back again this year for Christmas.

In April, I had the opportunity to go to THE APOLLO to see a def poetry competition. My friend’s little sister is wildly talented, and she competed against some of the best stand up poets NYC has to offer. Here is poem she performed during the competition. I also recommend you check Abigail out here and here.

In May, I took my first trip to ARIZONA. I had such an amazing time. I very close friend of mine got married, so, I went out to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and experienced a very different way of living (not to mention no humidity, which was glorious). I spent a day in Sedona, which was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

01 - Sedona

To continue with New York’s sporting events, for my mother’s birthday, we went to go see the NEW YORK YANKEES play against the Minnesota Twins. Granted, I’ve been to dozens of Yankee games, but this one was great because they were the best seats I could’ve purchased.

02 - Yankees

June was very hectic. I started off the month being the worst DD ever for my parents to go see JOURNEY with the Steve Miller Band up at the SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (SPAC). Surprisingly, I had an awesome time. Journey (even without the amazing Steve Perry) are still rocking hard.

Then, the weekend after, I saw ZAC BROWN BAND (for the third time in a rolling year) at FORREST HILLS STADIUM. The venue was packed, but as always, they put on an amazing show. They even covered Billy Joel, which was fantastic. I’m not going to blabber on and on about them, because it’s very clear through my Play Something Country posts that I love them, but what I will say is that the way they harmonize brings chills down my back every time, and that is reason enough for everyone to see them.

July consisted of me moving to the other side of Astoria. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m happy with my decision…

August consisted of two things: live music and the beach.

To start off the month, I saw JASON ALDEAN with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr out in Hartford, CT. I would see him again in a heartbeat. Such a talented artist. Two weekends later, I saw LITTLE BIG TOWN with Eli Young Band out in Long Island. Another band with fantastic harmony. When they sang “Boondocks,” I nearly died. I need to see them again.

03 - LBT

The day before my birthday, I saw MIRANDA LAMBERT with Justin Moore at Bethel Woods. Miranda is hands down my favorite country artist. When she came out with her first album back in 2005, I was instantly hooked. It was a bucket list item marked off! (Fun fact, I’m going to see her again this week at MSG – stay tuned for a post – and I bought BALLER tickets).

The second part of August, as mentioned above, was me spending most weekends at the beach. Fire Island, the Jersey Shore, and Long Beach, LI to be specific. I loved every second of it.

04 - Fire Island

Then, the summer ended, like it does every September. I stayed occupied with random trips to the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (my favorite was my birthday party), and I even went to my first heavy metal concert (an experience I cherish, but don’t see myself doing again). But more importantly, with summer ending, football season begins.

I went to my first ever NEW YORK GIANTS football game at MetLife Stadium. My new goal is to make enough money just so I can buy season tickets. Let’s just leave it at that. Well, that and to marry a professional football player, because, I mean, who doesn’t want that?

05 - Giants Stadium06 - Giants

In October, I saw FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE at Terminal 5. I know what you’re thinking, “Terah, you had just seen them in August.” Yes, you are right. But Terminal 5 is an experience in itself. It’s a much more intimate setting. Also, they were headlining, so they got to play most of their songs.

October also brought floor seats at ERIC CHURCH at MSG. He’s such an amazing performer, and I would have to say it was the best concert I saw this year (and that’s going up against Miranda).

My roommate happens to work at a company where she gets a lot of swag. That also includes free tickets to events from time to time. She brought me to MSG to see the NEW YORK RANGERS play against the Minnesota Wild. I had so much fun. The Rangers came back from a four point deficit, and everything in the suite was FREE (a very rare thing in this life).

08 - Ranger with Riley07 - Rangers Rink

I saw my first Broadway show! WICKED was basically an emotional rollercoaster that I willingly boarded. It was such an amazing production, and has led me to seeing quite a few other shows over the course of 2015.

09 - WICKED

In November, I decided to go blonde. I’ve always wanted to try it, and I kind of love it. I’ll probably end up going back to brunette at some point, but let’s just consider this a quarter-life crisis.

10 - BLONDE

The rest of the year went swimmingly. My holidays went well, and I ended the year celebrating my brother’s 23rd birthday.

11 - Tyler 23

If we were to break it down, 2014 consisted of seven concerts, four sporting events, one vacation to a new location, a few new life experiences, some new friends, some excess baggage being removed from my life, a quarter-life crisis, and a partridge in a pear tree.

My only hope is that 2015 can even come close to competing 2014.

Cheers.

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Yoga

Tuesday, I went to yoga for the first time in about five years. It was a great experience, free, and Yoga to the People put on a great class. I worked up a healthy sweat, stretched some muscles that I forgot existed, and I felt at peace; it was lovely. I even controlled my laughter when people started exhaling/moaning/yelling. However, when I woke up Wednesday morning, I had a bit of a different view of it. The only way to describe it is through the email I sent my roommate that morning. I think I summed it up well:

Ingrid,

I want to thank you again for taking me to yoga, and I’m very happy we went. However, there are a few notes I would like to share with you:

  1. When I fell asleep, I slept like a baby. The problem? I didn’t hear my fucking alarm going off for a good 30 minutes because I was in a deep yoga trance. Thank God I showered last night, because I would’ve had to take a partial day just to get going this morning.
  2. As you know, for the record, I work out; I lift, do cardio, all that jazz, like four times a week! My shoulders are so achy and tired it’s starting to scare me. It feels like I carried around a baby elephant for 10 hours straight yesterday. I like that my body is exhausted, but I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through today. Lifting my arms to my keyboard is a workout in itself right now.
  3. Why the fuck do my legs hurt? My hamstrings are basically telling me to go fuck myself. I never have a problem with stairs (I mean, sometimes I get winded when going up a couple flights, but whatever), but walking out of the subway this morning I had to keep telling myself “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” as if I were Thomas the fucking Tank Engine. Walking up the flight of stairs to my desk at work… don’t even get me started. I was considering giving up and walking back down the stairs, out of the building, back down into the subway and going home. Then I realized that if I did that, I’d still have to walk out of the Subway at the 46th Street stop. I CAN’T WIN.
  4. I do feel much more relaxed. BUT, I’m to the point where I’m writing this email and forcing myself to drink coffee because I might fall back into that coma mentioned in #1.
  5. I want to go again, but next week. My body needs to recover from whatever the fuck happened to me yesterday.

Namaste,

Terah

 

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Sleigh Bells

I JUST realized, I never wrote about the concert I attended on November 22, 2013. I compiled some of my thoughts, but I never went through with actually posting – whoops!

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Anyways, my roommate and I saw Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5, and it was pretty awesome.

When we got there, we were a little overwhelmed by the number of minors that were there, but then we quickly got over it. I’ve never been to a venue like Terminal 5 that let in under-21 youths, but once I got over it, and realized that I can’t give EVERYONE a dirty look, I moved to the bar. We got ourselves a couple drinks, then we went into the sea of people for Sleigh Bell’s opening act, Danny Brown (apparently we missed the opening opening act, Doldrums, but I’m not heart broken about it).

First of all, I had never heard of Danny Brown, but he was a lot of fun. He was vulgar, and not the type of music that I normally listen to, but I enjoyed the experience. He seemed to have a large following which I found to be interesting. After Googling/YouTubing him, I found that I would never had heard of his music because it doesn’t play on a country music or pop station (probably because they’d have to bleep out ever other word), but if he opened for another band, I would do some research so I can bounce along with the music.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, Sleigh Bells came out. They put on an amazing show. Here’s the set list:

  •  Minnie
  • Comeback Kid
  • Tiger Kit
  • Crown on the Ground*
  • Bitter Rivals
  • Love Sick
  • True Shred Guitar
  • Kids
  • Demons*
  • Born to Lose
  • You Don’t Get Me Twice
  • Riot Rhythm
  • Infinity Guitars
  • Encore:
    • Young Legends
    • Sing Like a Wire
    • A/B Machines

(* = my favorite songs that I recommend you take a listen to, especially ‘Demons’, I basically freaked out and danced like a crazy person)

First of all, they have so much energy and it pumped us up like you wouldn’t believe. The instrumentals (aka the bass) was out of control. They completely shred it, and I didn’t mind that I was deaf all night and most of the next day. You could also tell that they were really cool people. They would have little conversations with the crowd and they seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

sb2If you have a chance to see Sleigh Bells in concert, go for the experience alone. I started listening to them once HBO‘s GIRLS played “Infinity Guitar” as an opening to one of their episodes, and then I heard the same song as the opener to the movie Bachelorette (a must-see movie for any 20-something) and I started doing my research (you’ve probably heard their song “Rill Rill” on a technology commercial as well). I love listening to them. I work out to them at the gym and they keep me pumped the entire time. SEE THEM ASAP.

With that being said, I leave you with my favorite song, “Demons”:

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It’s Just Snow…

I’m going to rant for a few minutes, so bear with me…

First of all, if you live in New York, New Jersey, or the Northeast, guess what, we’re going to get snow. How do I know? Because I’ve lived here my entire life. Get over it. If you can’t handle the snow, get out of the northern part of the United States. If you are shocked every time the weatherman (who, by the way, doesn’t know what he/she’s talking about 95-percent of the time) says that there is going to be snow, get over it, or get out.

Speaking of the weatherman, don’t buy into all the B.S. they put on the television. They take dramatic clips from different events, compile the clips, and act like The Day After Tomorrow is doing to happen to scare you into stocking up on canned goods and water. The reality is, we’re going to get maybe a foot of snow. If we get more, GET USED TO IT! It is what it is. It’s the northeast.

I know this sounds harsh, but driving scared, or being scared of snow is absolutely ridiculous. You choose where you live, for the most part. Can’t handle it, move south or west. If you’re not comfortable driving in the snow, stay at home because YOU are the ones causing the accidents. YOU are the ones that are messing everything up for everyone else. Has there ever been a time when it hasn’t snowed up here? Not that I can recall. So sack up, or ship out.

If I hear one more person complain about the weather, I might just lose it. Want to hear about terrible weather? How about LITERALLY being snowed into your own house. Not because you’re too lazy to shovel the foot-and-a-half of snow on your side-walk, but because there’s three to four feet of snow blocking all your doors and you can’t get out of the house. Yea, that’s happened to my family and I in upstate, New York. Guess what, we survived. How about not having schools close when all the roads are ice, and driving to school at mph, spinning out a bunch of times, and then getting detention for being late. Yea, that’s happened to me, and I am completely fine. Now-a-days, snow is mentioned, and what do we do? We close all the schools, some major highways (really?), and most of the businesses in the area before anything actually happens. I can’t…

What’s the saying? If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. How about, if you can’t stand the snow/cold, get the F out of my town.

End of rant, if I offended you, then chances are, I’m talking about you. Sorry, not sorry.

Play Something Country: Goodbye Town

This is actually my first Lady Antebellum post, which is a little shocking. I have been a huge fan since “Need You Now” played on every radio station a few years ago. “Goodbye Town” comes from their Golden album (2013). I love it, enjoy!

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Clip of the Week: What Does My Girl Say?

This aired two weeks ago, but I am still laughing about it. “What Does My Girl Say” from Kerry Washington and SNL‘s Jay Pharoah is absolutely hilarious. Enjoy!

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The Summer of 2013

As I wrote that title, I started singing “The Summer of ‘69” by Brian Adams. It’s safe to say, it will be stuck in my head for the remainder of the day.

I had an amazing summer; so amazing that I didn’t have time to create one blog post. Here are a few highlights from the summer of 2013 (June to September):

    • I spent a great deal of time in upstate, New York, specifically Saratoga County. I took a lot of time off to just enjoy the pool, the fresh air and everything that comes with the country. I loved every second of it. I spent a bunch of time with some old friends, and overall enjoyed country living. It was extremely difficult to not take more time, but I need the PTO days for the holiday season.
    • When I was in the city, I enjoyed the local park, some local bars and beer gardens, the east side of Manhattan, and enjoyed my last summer in the apartment I live in now. A little bittersweet, but I would not have it any other way.
    • I went out to Smithtown, Long Island for a quiet weekend to see my two close friends from college. We went to a brewery, laid on the beach and sucked up some rays, and caught up with each other’s lives. As you know, I live in Astoria, the one girl lives in, you guessed it, Smithtown, and the other lives in Poughkeepsie, NY, so it can be difficult for us to get together. It made me realize that we need to meet up more often, and hopefully we’ll do so.
    • June and July called for a lot of travel for work. I spent a lot of time in Chicago and West Virginia. I also did some time in Binghamton,NY,  and my last travel week was in sunny Florida. The great thing about traveling for work is all your expenses are paid for, which made the travel worth it. I also got to spend a bunch of time with coworkers I have great relationships with, which made work fun.
    • I GOT A NEW JOB! As much as I loved the people I worked with at my last company, and I loved the travel, the change was needed. I moved from the healthcare industry to the financial sector. It was quite a step up. I don’t have the opportunity to travel anymore, but I do get a beautiful view of Lexington Avenue from my desk. This reminds me that I should change the About Me section of this blog.
    • I saw Zac Brown Band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for my birthday. They were amazing even in the rain. The tailgating was a lot of fun, and the outdoor arena was perfect for the instrumentals. They are one of my favorite bands, one of the best bands to see live, and I can’t wait till next summer to see them again.
    • Oh yea, I turned 25 and I didn’t die or have a nervous breakdown. #winning
    • And to end a great summer, I went to Nashville for the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival where Zac Brown Band performed, and Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, and Kenny Rogers made appearances. I wish I could say I tried the festival food and saw other performances (Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band and Willie Nelson were all there) , but we were too busy enjoying all that Nashville had to offer. We also ate at some of the best southern restaurants you could possibly imagine. It’s still stands true that I am meant to live in the south.

Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I am just now getting settled into the fact that summer is over – maybe it’s the fact that it’s snowing and the middle of November. I hope everyone gets to have a summer like the one I had this year, it really makes you appreciate all the hard work you put in all year long. Cheers!

 

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