Happy February, everyone! I hope you’ve all had an amazing start to 2020. This is a special month for me because it means I’ve been blogging for one year. It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for a full twelve months – so much has changed since I first started my blog! According to my calendar, this time last year I was revising for a Māori Studies test and putting the final touches on my US visa application. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Seeing as my blog is now going into its second year, I’ve been thinking about spicing things up a little bit. How would people feel about some other posts in addition to my usual monthly updates? This wouldn’t be every month – probably more like every few months – but I thought it could be fun to delve into some different topics. Here are a few ideas:
Some more personal posts about my everyday life or subjects I’m passionate about that I haven’t touched on before. For example, I’ve been binge-watching Cheer on Netflix lately and would love to write some reflections on the top skills I learned as a competitive cheerleader and the value of team sports generally.
A career series of ‘tall poppy tips’ from building a badass LinkedIn profile to networking 101. While I’m definitely not an expert, maybe I could offer some insight into what I wish I’d known before I finished uni.
Posts on all things NYC. These could be about expat life or some more light-hearted stuff such as my top tourist recommendations in the Big Apple.
Let me know what you guys think. Is this content you’d be interested in reading? If there’s anything else you’d like me to write about, send me a message and I’ll see what I can do.
Now onto my January recap. This month has been a bit of a weird one for me. Normally, I like to take some time off in early January to reflect and plan for the year ahead. But this year I worked all the way through the holidays, so 2019 and 2020 sort of blurred together. I’ve also been feeling a little lost identity-wise. After spending the past two years hustling for my dream gig, I don’t know who I am now that I’ve got it. It feels like the exhaustion is finally catching up on me. While this is a good problem to have, I really want to find my new normal.
January has been a phenomenal month for Outfit. We’ve hit some exciting milestones like entering three new markets and signing onto a bigger office space. My main focus has been on driving client success, which I really enjoy. This essentially involves building relationships with our clients and making sure everything runs smoothly operationally for their events/activations. I’m actually writing this on the plane home from San Francisco, where I’ve been overseeing a team of seven brand ambassadors at an American Express pop-up. That seems wild considering how the last time I was in SF was on the US Leadership Tour and the prospect of living in the US was a distant dream.
There were two main highlights for January outside of work. The first was my birthday: I turned 25! Although I didn’t plan anything to celebrate, my friends organised a bunch of surprises that made my birthday really special. The standout would have to be a staycation at MADE, a beautiful hotel in NYC. It honestly made (excuse the pun) me feel like a princess to clock out of real life for a night. It was hands down one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.
The second was a day trip to Yale University. In the spirit of taking better care of myself, I’ve set a target of ticking off at least one item from my NYC bucket list each month. I love exploring different colleges, so I headed to Connecticut one Sunday to check out the Yale campus. The history was fascinating. I learned that Yale opened in 1701 with just one professor and six students, and still maintains this staff-to-student ratio today. Its gorgeous Gothic buildings house many free public attractions including art galleries, a rare books library and a natural history museum famous for its dinosaur bones.
The resources Ivy League students have never cease to amaze me. Additionally, the sense of community among these institutions is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Australasia. The students who go to Yale are lucky to have such an immersive college experience. There’s no doubt I’ll definitely be eyeing a US school when it comes time to do my masters!
February is shaping up to be an equally great month. There are a bunch of cool things happening within the NZ-NYC space that I’m looking forward to, especially a visit from UN Youth’s 2020 North America Leadership Tour. I’m going to be presenting on what I’m up to at Outfit and my journey since I co-directed the trip in 2018. I can’t wait to give back to the organisation that gave me so much. Stay tuned for next month to find out how it went!