Happiness is booking the ticket

Happiness is booking the ticket

A few weeks ago, I admitted to not being that happy: it was one of those funks that I just couldn’t quite shake, even though I knew I wasn’t doing everything in my power to be happy. Basically as soon as I hit publish on that post, I realized there was plenty that I could do to shift my attitude through my actions–so I did. I booked a couple of international trips, I rode my bike home in the sunshine, I went to a yoga class, I ate bread and cheese for dinner.

Sunset over Manhattan, New York City

Now that I’m back from a wonderful trip back home to Sacramento, I’ve been keeping plenty busy with work and home. I’m feeling especially grateful for the incredible network of friends that I have in New York City, friends who are up for intensely themed dinner parties and upstate apple picking and wine and cheese nights. But as delighted as I am to fall into a rewarding routine in Brooklyn, travel is still what rejuvenates and recharges me. Luckily, there’s still time in 2013 for some more frequent flier miles and new experiences!

Playing tour guide in New York City

When you move to New York City, everyone tells you that suddenly, people will come visit you. I laughed it off: heck, I had offered people a place to stay when I lived in Nice and Melbourne and a travel partner when I backpacked through Southeast Asia and Europe and no one had taken me up on it. But holy moly, were they right! This weekend, one of our former roommates from when Aly and I lived with eight crazy girls in college is visiting with her fiancee. Next weekend, three of my closest sorority sisters are flying out from California–expect to see plenty of diamond poses in my Instagram feed. Next up, it’s a good friend from Australia who lives in Boston, and in November, my parents are coming to New York City for the very first time! I am SO thrilled to see so many of my closest friends and to show them my favorite parts of New York City–but to be honest, hosting can be a little overwhelming. I’m planning on lots of quiet weekdays (think yoga classes and eating in) so that I can focus on enjoying jam-packed weekends.

100:50:1 in San Francisco

One of my favorite things about my job at ONA is being able to connect with incredible photographers. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to represent ONA on the West Coast at the 100:50:1 gallery opening, an event that celebrates the world’s best mobile photographers. Although business travel is never quite as glamorous as I’d like it to be, I’m looking forward to meetings over really good coffee and Mexican food. And I mean, my main “work” event is a party and a photowalk–can’t be mad at that.

Thanksgiving in Montreal

One of my 2013 goals was to go to Canada. Even though New York is right next to Canada, it’s harder to get to than it seems–especially without a car. However, Montreal has been on my wish list FOREVER and I was determined to make it happen in 2013. I’m SO excited to speak French, wander the cobblestone streets, sample poutine and eat copious amounts of bagels. I’m especially looking forward to taking the train: the 10-hour ride is supposed to be one of the most scenic in the world! (Update: a special someone has decided to join me on this trip! Eek!)

Art Basel in Miami

Another work trip that sounds far more glamorous than it will likely be! ONA is a sponsor of the Miami Street Photography FestivalΒ (along with Leica), which is taking place during the same weekend as Art Basel in the Wynwood Arts District. Even though there will be lots of event planning and management, I’m sure I’ll be able to squeeze in a bit of sunshine and a couple of mojitos.

Christmas in Puerto Rico

Plane tickets around the holidays are always super expensive, and my parents told me that if I was going to spend that much money to get out of the city, I might as well go somewhere with a beach. I took them up on the offer, and booked myself a ticket to Puerto Rico! I’m flying in and out of San Juan, and I don’t have ANY plans yet–recommendations are welcome! However, I am going to try and live like a local with a rental: I’m already looking forward to exploring a new neighborhood and being able to cook with some delicious Caribbean produce. (Update: my friend Renee of USA road trip fame is flying in for the week to drive me around Puerto Rico! Yay!)

The best news is that I’ll be back in New York City for New Year’s Eve–and so will most of my friends! I’m looking forward to ringing in the New Year in a sparkly dress, a craft beer and all of my favorite people.

  • AnΔ‘ela Δ†enan

    oh wow :))) 3 words: ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY !

  • Dana

    I’m living in France currently and I often get the travel bug even though I’m already abroad. If eel so much better when I book a ticket. Good for you!!!

  • Casey

    Ahh can’t wait to hear about Montreal! It’s high on my list!

  • Lilian

    hi Christine! I’m new to this site but I’m already loving everything I’ve read! Do you have any posts specifically on how you afford to live in NYC and also travel around? Your life looks pretty fabulous πŸ™‚

  • Liz Carlson

    Chin up! Love how you take control of the situation and ACTUALLY make an effort to become happy. Happiness is a choice. Can’t wait to hear more about your trips and (cough, cough) NZ should be the finale πŸ˜€ hugs xx

  • dee

    Aww, (hug)! It sounds like you are going to have quite a busy & fun couple of months. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip to Montreal! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    When are you looking to good to good ole MTL? I’m there almost every other weekend, wouldn’t mind meeting up with someone new and showing them around.

  • Reka

    Hello Christine! I have read your blog for a while, but I have just registered now. I am impressed, your stories, thoughts are amazing and inspiring. I have been in NY for a month some years ago – I’m in love with the city – and finally in December I am going to there again. This will be a really big trip, with my boyfriend – 1 week NY, 10 days California, 10 days Mexico. I am looking forward to being there, but until then I am reading your blog from Hungary πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I will!

  • camorose

    Oh yes! I loved taking little trips when I lived in France and Australia–you have to take advantage of being abroad!

  • camorose

    Me too! I can’t wait to share πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    By making lunch every day and taking the subway, ha! Here’s a post where I went a little more into it: http://www.cestchristine.com/2013/04/how-to-save-money-while-living-in-nyc/

  • camorose

    Oh I hope so! Maybe NZ 2014 πŸ˜€

  • camorose

    That’s probably the one I’m most excited about!

  • camorose

    Last weekend in November! Would love to meet up for a bagel if you’re around!

  • Ha! ‘…I ate bread and cheese for dinner…’ – that usually helps my mood too πŸ˜‰

  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    Yes, happiness is buying the ticket!!

  • Love the title of this post – I agree 100%! Montreal has been on my wish list forever too…hopefully next year for me!

  • Shaz Lake

    I know what you mean about Montreal and New York City. I lived in Montreal for four years and only managed to make it to New York once! I was in school and opted for the cheaper bus route which took forever, so I’m sure your train ride will be lovely! Montreal is an amazing city and I miss it all the time, enjoy your stay!

  • Umm yeah that work trip sounds super glamorous! I would LOVE to get to Art Basel. Looking forward to reading about these fun trips!

  • Erin

    THIS post was amazing. I read it a few days ago. Your words about shifting your attitude through actions are so true and inspiring. Thank you for the reminder. Before I sit down to book some travels of my own, I wanted to make sure to show my gratitude for your insight. You blog is so relatable, inspiring and entertaining to read. πŸ™‚

  • eva

    rest assured that i am totally jealous of all of your fall plans and you sound quite happy to me. πŸ™‚ glad you went with your gut and booked the tickets. congrats!

  • camorose

    All about doing what you love!

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  • camorose

    Can’t wait to share my experiences in the city!

  • camorose

    Looking forward to exploring! Everything I’ve heard about the city has been amazing.

  • camorose

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to it too!

  • camorose

    Oh thank you! You’re TOO kind πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks! Looking forward to all of the upcoming travel!

  • can’t wait to read about your adventures πŸ™‚

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