Commuter Life, Zines, & New York

university and 14th

I have a confession: I used to hate New York City. Yep, I did not like going there. I didn’t like the crowds of people, the commotion, the hurriedness..it all made me feel stressed and uncomfortable, I suppose. My mom likes to bring up the fact that when I was looking at potential colleges, I scoffed at the idea of going to a state [New York] school. Also, I refused to look at places that were far away. I guess that just shows how much i’ve personally changed. Now, If I was at that point again I know that it would have gone a very different way. I’m not really afraid of leaving my comfort zone anymore. I don’t hesistate at new opportunities.

Now, I’m spending a whole lot of time in the city.

city bus

move your feet

My weekdays have been looking like this:

I wake up around 6 am, leave my house at 7:15, and catch a train at 7:57. When I get into NYC at 9:20, I then hop on a subway and after that walk a couple blocks to work. In the evening I take the 6:53 train back to Long Island, get to the train station at 8:15, and finally arrive home at 8:45. I predicted daily terrible migraines–which I only had my very first and second day of work. It’s definitely hard not having nearly as much free time as I used to, but I have to say I strangely like this. Work days go by faster and the commute is hectic, but a good hectic. It’s never the same routine.

I recently purchased a bunch of new zines in order to have more reading material for the daily commute. Without an iPad or an e-reader, i’m always kickin’ it old school. I picked a few random zines based on the descriptions, and one of them stuck out in particular–it’s about long commutes; one that’s pretty similar to mine. I really couldn’t have picked this zine at a better time.

The hour and twenty minute [one way] daily train ride allowed me to finally finish a book, too. I’m pretty embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the last time I got to the end of a novel…

Work is fun, and the office is totally cute to boot. It’s a lot easier to focus on designing at a computer not surrounded by three walls and to see the sunlight shining through windows. While I can’t really complain, I do really miss having time during the week to work on personal projects! I have a good amount of potential freelance web projects right now, and I don’t want to have to say no. Also, I would like to finish a little poster series this summer & do some screenprinting. Sometimes I lug my laptop with me to try and get some design work done on the train, but so far it’s been more trouble than it’s worth–I end up not using it or I just want to close my eyes. I have to manage my time the best I can, and tell myself that it’ll get done soon enough. It’s not permanent; just a little more & i’ll be moving. Luckily I get to do all of this during my favorite season.

6 comments

  1. Aw, it sounds tough, but I’m glad you’re still pleased. I’m really impressed by your openness to the distance and everything, because I feel like I’d have a really hard time with that. I am very comfortable in my comfort zone and have difficulty leaving it usually.

  2. I would LOVE that commute time to read! You are so lucky! It takes me 5 minutes to drive to work, no exactly read worthy time ;)

  3. Glad to hear things are going well for you in the city! I miss that place! When I used to commute from Brooklyn to the city, I would play Scrabble on my phone. That game’s so addictive!

  4. Your subway shoe shot is amazing.
    I would love your commute as well. Good luck in the big city! It is on my list of places I’d like to try to live… to see if I have what it takes to be a new yorker for a year or so. I highly doubt I could cut it, but I’d love the opportunity to try.

  5. Glad your enjoying New York now! I remember the long commute times veeeerrrryyyy well. And that was just the subway rides! Mad props! And mad props to finally finishing a book. Keep up the good work.

  6. woah, that commute sounds crazy!! your day sounds so long, but i’m glad you enjoy it :) by the way, i love that train/ ghost leg picture.. so cool! x

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