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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The Hamptons 2012

The past four summers I have taken a trip out to The Hamptons (Long Island, New York) with my friend Amanda. I love it out there. I love everything about it. I don’t want to go on and on about how fabulous it is because I went through that in my The Hamptons 2011 post. Here are a few pictures of what you can experience if you take a trip:

New Hampshire or Bust

One of the great things about the company I work for is that we have an office in New Hampshire. This means I can get out of the city for a few days and not have to take paid time off.

The office is in Bedford which is right outside of Manchester in an adorable suburban area; a fantastic change in comparison to the 8th Avenue, New York office between Port Authority, Penn. Station and Time Square, or as I call it “The Three Gates of Hell”. It’s quiet, people are nice and the air is fresh. It reminds me a little of home, just less rural.

So what is the point of this post? New Hampshire is awesome. I can admit, there isn’t much to do but I love it. I think I would take a vacation up here if I could afford a real vacation (my vacations currently consist of crashing at my friend’s parent’s house or considering visiting my parents a vacation) if I didn’t have the luxury of coming up here for work. It’s about an hour and a half out of Boston, close to Vermont and it’s extremely relaxing. During the summer, there’s a gorgeous breeze that breaks up the heat and the spring is absolutely gorgeous. There is no public transportation – just the way I like it – which cuts down on the polluted air. It’s fresh up here.

I highly recommend spending some time in New Hampshire. I’m leaving tomorrow around 10am and the only thing that lets me accept my fate is knowing that Friday to Monday I’m on vacation.

 

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The Hamptons 2011

If you have never been out to The Hamptons, I highly recommend it. It is gorgeous, relaxing and a ton of fun. Yes, it is a bit expensive, but it’s worth the money. I cannot wait till my vacation out there next summer and I might try to spend a short weekend out there before autumn shows it’s beautiful face.

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