Entries Tagged as 'NYC Life'

International Women’s Day & What This One Is Up To These Days

posted on: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Hey friends! Its been a while, huh? I can’t believe it’s already March and my birthday is less than three weeks away (AND I’M TURNING 30…WHAT THE WHAT). I don’t understand how time seems to go by faster with each year that passes. I also can’t believe how many times I say that each year, but I digress.

First things first, it’s International Women’s Day! I’m thankful that I own one piece of red clothing (yep, just one). It just so happens to be a men’s flannel button-up from H&M, because I like me an oversized shirt (which makes it the most ironic piece of clothing), but it works. Solidarity, sisters! I have some amazing women in my family, including my Grandma Rita who is a holocaust survivor and my Gram who is 96-years-young and hasn’t lost an ounce of her spunk. My momma is also incredible and one of my very best friends. So thankful for all of the incredible women in my life! May we celebrate the beauty and strength of womanhood today and everyday.

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Okay, onto what what have I been to here in the city. Well, job-wise I’ve been focusing on pursuing my career in acting. Okay, not really just lately. This has been something I’ve been working toward, seriously, for about a year and a half, but have wanted to keep close for a while. It was a childhood dream of mine that happened to find its way back to me about six months before we moved to one of the best cities in the world to pursue it. I was in drama productions through high school and wanted to be an actor for most of my childhood until I got to college and believed I had to major in something more secure.

That childhood dream of mine faded away as I began focusing on other things. Of course, I ended realizing during my senior year that what I majored in was not what I wanted to do. It took a while to realize that I had it right the first time. I see the divine timing in it all, though. I’m glad I waited until now to pursue it. The fact that we happened to be moving to New York City right around the time I discovered this is what I wanted to do was not a coincidence.  I start a new class here in the city next week. I also had my first commercial audition last week, which was really exciting! I guess it feels real enough to finally talk about.

For money, I’m doing freelance social media work. Trying to find flexible work while leaving my schedule free for acting class and auditions hasn’t been easy, but the right doors are opening at the right time. It’s definitely going to be an adventure, but I’m in it for the long haul.

Anyway, as I’ve written a novel already, I’m going to sign off. To sum it all up: God is great, life is good, NYC is still a dream, and big dreams are scary, but always worth pursuing. Talk soon?

 

What Halloween on the Upper West Side looks like

posted on: Monday, October 31, 2016


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][ She’ll get you, my pretty…(and your little dog, too!) ][

This was before they shut the entire block (plus one more) down for the night when ghosts, goblins, a few Elevens, and some Transformers took over, among other creatures. Adam and I didn’t get a costume together in time (which has become a yearly tradition), so we just strolled the neighborhood where we stumbled upon a street that shuts down for Halloween each year and has for the last fifty (fifty years old!) It was so much fun that we might just be motivated enough to start prepping our costumes early for next year.

I took these photos around four this afternoon, but it was so much more chaotic and fun once the sun set. You can check out the scene on my Snapchat until tomorrow night (@iamkatyhill).

I hope you all had a fun Halloween! What was the best costume you spotted? We saw some pretty clever ones, like two Olympic kayakers who walked in their own cardboard kayak. But best of all was the dad decked out as Prince Charming with his sweet princess in her stroller. So sweet!

Settling In AKA Getting Comfy

posted on: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Something has been slowly happening since we moved here almost four months ago. That, my friends, is a little thing they call settling in. Or, as I prefer to call it, “getting comfy”. We’re settling into our new lives here, we know the best grocery stores for different things*, we can now successfully give directions when asked (for the most part), we have figured out the quirky weekend train schedules (again, for the most part), and overall it feels really good. We’re loving it here and while there’s so much work to be done in our actual home, we’re still in that phase where most of our time is spent out of it, so it’s really okay that our budget is a bit tight still and furnishing/decorating our place will take a little bit longer. Pinterest is tiding me over until we have the money to buy a few more pieces and things to decorate these bare walls. I’m starting to get itchy, though.

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| From a week or so ago when it actually felt like Fall and not summer. Go away, 80 degree temps! I want my sweater weather back. |

As settled as I’m starting to feel here, I also still have moments where I honestly ask myself, “Is this real life?”, because even when you do get settled in here, it still doesn’t exactly feel real. Living in Manhattan is so different than living anywhere else, I mean obviously, but it just is, for better or worse. I honestly hope that never changes and that I never lose that sense of wonder about living here and being in this place with it’s all of its positives and negatives and quirks. This city can break your break your heart one minute and then fill you with so much joy the next, but that’s kind of what makes it special, you know?

I know, I know. “Honeymoon phase”, “just wait until February”, “see how you feel in a year”, yada yada yada. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to feel too different about it, but we’ll see.

Anyway, all this to say that I’m finally starting to feel like I’m home and I’m so honored to be here. I also hope that I’m here for a really, really, really long time because this crazy, magical place just speaks to me. We are settling in and my goodness, it feels good. I love you, New York.

*What we’ve learned about the local markets: Zabar’s is best for coffee beans and cheese, Maison Kayser (okay, not technically a market, but still) for fresh baguettes, Citarella for prosciutto di parma, pre-made sides, and rotisserie chicken, Fairway for almost everything else, and Trader Joe’s when you have the patience of a saint. This lost will be updated as we make our discoveries and may have to have its own page, but we’ll see as we go along.

Side note: If there’s anything anyone wants to read about here specifically, please let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. I’m curious about what you’re curious about. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Well, here I am, Lord, knockin’ at your back door

posted on: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Ain’t it wonderful to be where I’ve always wanted to be?
For the first time, I’ll breathe free
Here in New York City

That photo up there was from the first time we came to the city together in January 2014. I was (not so) secretly hoping he’d fall in love with New York and we’d pack and move, just like that. He knew I had something like that in mind and it made him a little anxious during this trip, but we had so much fun. It took one more visit that November to get him to really imagine us living here and, two years later, here we are. Dreams don’t always happen overnight, you know?

The thing is, he had to want to live here and I could never force him to choose this city. This is a tough place to live and is made way tougher when your heart isn’t in it. I told myself that if we were meant to be here, he would fall in love with the city the way I’ve been for most of my life, without my prodding. So I backed off, he fell, we took the leap, and we landed in the city that never sleeps.

Last night I was at an event and had a moment where I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “We’re exactly where we’re supposed to be. This is home.” I can’t stress enough how good that felt.