As you know I have been suffering from NYC blues lately, but I have decided to focus on what I like about living here rather than being a misery! Over the past couple of weeks I have given it some thought and realise I have a lot to be positive about.
Since moving here over two years ago I have met some really interesting people and made some great friends. I would miss them if I moved away, which I realise is part and parcel of being an expat-you are always going to miss someone! I have spent some more time with my friends here lately and it has made a real difference to my outlook.
Also, I love volunteering and have become very attached to certain organisations in the city. I am now a team leader with New York Cares and enjoy leading projects and making a difference to the community. I really appreciate the ease at which you can volunteer in New York and have worked with some brilliant charities. If you are looking to volunteer check out:
-New York Cares (http://www.nycares.com)
-Reading Partners (http://readingpartners.org/locations/newyork)
-The Pajama Program (http://pajamaprogram.org/WordPress/)
Over the past year or so I have become extremely interested in health and fitness (my new blog New Girl New Lifestyle is a work in progress!) and living in New York gives me access to every kind of exercise class you could possibly imagine. I take a wide variety of classes and have recently begun to practice yoga. New York also has an abundance of health conscious restaurants which makes it much easier to follow a healthy diet.
Running in central park has always been one of my favourite things about living in New York and although it's a bit too cold for me at the moment, a run around the reservoir always makes me feel better.
Although I will always find certain aspects of NYC annoying, focusing on the things I enjoy has made a big difference to how I look at life in the city. I don't quite "heart" New York, but I am liking it again!
P.S. Thank you @JCairnduff for all of your positive messages!