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Home Sweet Snow

image-70The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?  ~J.B. Priestley

I’m back! After a hectic final week, and traveling back home for the holidays, I am finally able to get back to the blog! I felt slightly lost not being able to find time to blog last week. Since I’ve been back to Canada for a few days now, I’m trying to find the balance between my NYC
lifestyle, and the laid-back vibe of a small-town. I thought it would be interesting to make this post a bit more creative, and write about the personal differences I’ve noticed, as well as the
environmental changes around me.

  • It’s time to slow down. Anyone who has lived in NYC for a period of time knows that it’s an extremely fast pace lifestyle. When I was out around town this weekend, I had to remind myself to walk slower. There seems to be a natural tendency to adopt the quick pace of the people around you.
  • Snow, snow and more snow. As soon as my plane landed at Pearson airport I knew I was already underdressed for the weather. Welcome to Canada. Since being home, I’ve already experienced well over 5 inches of snow, with no signs of stopping.
  • Different ideas of busy. After agreeing to a shopping trip on Saturday morning with my mother, she informed me that we better go in the early morning to avoid all the lineups. All I could think about was Black Friday shopping at Macy’s at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I think I walked up to the cash register at every store.
  • Noise, or the lack thereof. I expected to be woken up Saturday morning by the sound of honking cars trying to get around the city, or barking dogs out for their morning walk. To my surprise, silence was all that could be heard.
  • The comforts of home. It’s no surprise that the one biggest difference is the mere fact that I was officially home. A delightful home cooked meal, getting to see my puppy, and waking up in my own room was just the bit of relaxation I needed!

I promise the next post will come sooner, rather than later! Enjoy these wintry days, readers! :)

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Seasonal Bliss: Autumn in the City


“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe L. Wheeler

Autumn in the city is absolutely stunning. I think I’ve said this on numerous occasions, and yet it will never be enough. Coming from a small town in Ontario, where the snow is plenty, it is nearly impossible to experience what the fall season has to offer. Generally speaking, by mid-November snow has taken over what little remains of the fall foliage. Since moving to NY I’ve actually gotten the opportunity to experience the season in its entirety. Between the pumpkin spiced lattes, array of colors, and beginning of knit scarves, it’s safe to say fall is my favorite season.

One of the reasons I love autumn is because it marks the onset of the holidays. As the temperature dips, and little fluorescent lights begin to go up around the city, the excitement builds for decked out halls and holiday tunes. Oh, and if you haven’t already heard, the tree is up in
Rockefeller Center! The anticipation for the first snowfall is on everyone’s mind, and everyday the hope for a snowflake is what builds holiday cheer!

As I walk the city streets, I can’t resist the urge to window shop. This is usually followed by a brief stop-in, which normally turns into an hour of browsing, and then of course the occasional purchase. Sometimes I’ll catch myself thanking my long-list of family members for giving me an excuse to shop well in advance. In true PR-girl fashion, gift giving takes time and planning. Here are some pre-holiday tips to keep the stress to a minimum, and the days full of joy!

  • List it. PR people love organization. Our life requires calendars, lists, and notes to stay up-to-date and in-the-know at all possible times. There are no rules against making lists for gift giving!
  • Set aside card time. Crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s means you’re reaching out and thanking people who have helped you through the year. Before the New Year rolls around, set a time to send out cards to those who deserve your appreciation!
  • Need a break? Take it. We all know the end-of-the-year time can get busy and frantic. Before you hit overload, set aside some “me-time” to keep yourself cool, calm and collected.
  • Stay in the loop. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of the holidays, especially in NYC, so remember to stay on track. If you find yourself daydreaming, refocus your energy on the tasks at hand. You’ll thank yourself for not getting behind later – and your family will too!

Have other tips? Tweet me @Sam__Dickson

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Walking The High Line & Other NYC Attractions


After my first month of living in New York City, one thing is for sure: boredom is never an option. With a vast array of activities, sights to see, and new places to explore, I find the most difficult task is making a choice. This past Sunday was my first encounter with The High Line. If I wasn’t sold on New York City before, I am now.

The park is a perfect combination of modern and recycled architecture, built upon historic railroad tracks. As I was walking, I couldn’t help but admire the sense of unity between all the buildings, whether newly constructed or quaint with age. Although still in the city, the High Line provides the perfect contrast between concrete and nature. It was a great way to take a study break, and explore a piece of what this city has to offer.

image-41If you have a chance to visit NYC, I encourage everyone to take a trip to see the park. If you are living in the city, it is the perfect spot to escape the hustle of the streets. Here is a short list of other must-see sights in NYC, some of which I still need to see for myself!

  •        Central Park
  •        The Met Rooftop Garden
  •        MoMA  – Museum of Modern Art
  •        Empire State Building
  •        The High Line
  •        Top of the Rock Observation Deck – Rockefeller Plaza
  •        Times Square
  •        Ground Zero and 9/11 Memorial
  •        Broadway Show
  •        F.A.O. Schwarz
  •        Statue of Liberty
  •        Live Sporting Events: Yankees, Giants, Mets, Jets, Rangers
  •        Yankees game at Yankee Stadium/Giants game at MetLife Stadium
  •        Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  •        Staten Island and Coney Island

What else would you recommend? Sound off below or tweet me @Sam__Dickson!

- S.