When I traveled to Asia for four months back in 2015, my mother kept saying it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” My combative nature and I were like, “Why does it have to be once in a lifetime? Why can’t this be my life?” And about a year after that, I left New York for good and moved to New Zealand.
Bye Bye, ‘Murica!
I remember quite clearly how difficult the first 2-3 weeks were. I battle anxiety and depression, and moving to a completely new country with no friends, no job, no real plan of what I was going to do was incredibly stressful, and I didn’t give enough weight to the enormity of the task I had thrust myself into. I would curl up on my hostel bunk and cry because I was so overwhelmed and scared. I kept putting myself out there, trying to stay active with day trips, but it was difficult to enjoy myself.
Like Asia, NZ also has some pretty cool trees.
Posted in new zealand, SEA, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged beach, cellar door, Island, job, new zealand, obsidian, oysters, sailing, summer, sunset, waiheke, waiheke island, wine, wine tasting, work
I’ve had many wonderful and unique experiences since moving to New Zealand, but one that was an absolutely novel delight was experiencing a SUMMER Christmas! Continue reading
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Tagged bbq, beach, carols, christmas, cricket, decorations, kiwi, new zealand, orphans, Travel
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard some variation on “People grow so much between 18 and 25.” You can know something without really knowing it. For example, I knew moving to NYC would be hard. I had no clue what that actually meant until I moved there and experienced it for myself. Similarly, the years between 18 and 25 were just some vague notion that something might happen and I’d become a different person. Something in those 7 years would somehow, miraculously, Make Me An Adult. Continue reading
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Tagged adulthood, begin, cats, choice, dale carnegie, fail, flip rocks, growing, learning, lessons, meg jay, start, try, twyla tharp
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. It was a massive undertaking leaving behind my life in NYC – my world for the last 7 years. Packing up an entire apartment and putting on a solo concert certainly strained my resources to the max, but I came out all the better for the stress and hard work. I not only blew others away with the concert, but I surprised myself. I hadn’t performed in several years, but my voice has never been better and I was able to sing pieces I’ve longed to sing for some time but didn’t have the power or finesse to pull off even two years ago. This project was a huge reminder that even if you don’t feel/think you’re ready, just take the first baby step, then the next, and eventually everything works out and you’ll be so glad you tried!
The happy face of triumph
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Tagged 2016, Adventure, awesome life, badass, how, hurdles, jen sincero, life, moving, New York, new zealand, outside looking in, packing, painless, rib fest, Roadtrip, solo concert, wisconsin
I’ve decided something. Finally. After months of pondering, weeks of calculating, and countless seconds agonizing, I’ve finally decided something big. But let’s take it back to the beginning, shall we? Continue reading
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Tagged Adventure, badass, Change, dangerous, gain, give up, jen sincero, later, Moving on, New York, new zealand, nyc, QotN, risk, soul, stardust, working holiday visa
After spending 4 days at Garrett’s wonderful apartment in Cork, my journey continued with a road trip to Dingle. It was my first experience where the cars are on opposite sides of the road, but thankfully Garrett was at the wheel. I got to sit back, navigate, and soak up the breathtaking countryside views.
We stopped to explore beaches and coves and make new friends along the way 🙂
We were only in Dingle for a day. It’s a small, quiet village with not a lot going on and only two pubs. Sitting on the dock, you’re surrounded by water and green hills dotted with sheep. It was so peaceful. One day, when I’m a highly popular writer with advances for my next series of children’s books, I’ll go to Dingle for three months to write and just be.
I got an unexpected addition to my SEA trip – three days in Tokyo! Turns out it was easier to fly to the west coast of America instead of across Europe to the east coast. Color me totally ok with that!
My time in Japan was a mixed lot, but I’ll tell you one thing – the food did not disappoint.
*Note, I am NOT a food photographer. I am a food EATER.
Posted in Japan, Travel
Tagged bliss, chicken noodle soup, delicious, divine, fatty tuna, Food, grilling, kobe beef, matcha, meat, noms, ramen, raw, raw food, salmon, steak tartare, steam bun, sushi, tea, thanksgiving, vending machine
I thought through a technical glitch that I’d lost all my pictures from Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia, and half of my Tokyo pics. Turns out I found them!!
Nusa Lembongan is an island off the coast of Bali. It’s part of a cluster of three island that, unfortunately and unbeknownst to me, are major tourist sites. Everything I’d read made the islands sound like they’d barely been explored or exploited. Turns out that wasn’t true. But I still had a fantastic three days hanging out on my own on this beautiful piece of land.
Pulling into harbor – that’s a volcano straight ahead! 😀
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Tagged Bali, Blue, Indonesia, Island, manta rays, motorbike, Nusa Lembongan, snorkeling, star fish, sunset, suspension bridge, volcano, waves