Love from NYC :: Stay in your lane.

Well hello my lovelies sending you a hug from NYC! How is your week going? Well I’m about to put the kettle on and have a cuppa… wanna join me?! Imagine if we could do that! Oh my gosh it would be very fun ūüôā So I have been in this fabulous city for about a week and a half now and boy is everyone right when they say it’s the city of dreams! Woh woh woh yes sirree! I seriously think if you took all the power from the speed people walk in this city and put it together we could power an entire country! Here are a just a few of them chilling in Bryant Park today…

And here’s the jazz pianist playing fabulous music.

Of course NYC a city full of inspiration, dreams, ambition, which is why I wanted to come here… everyone literally believes that anything is possible. But another thing I have felt whilst I am here is to really focus on “staying in my lane”, and not getting caught up with trying to run someone else’s race.

Inspiration comes from everywhere, but at times I find the line between inspiration and comparison¬†is quite fine. Do you ever find that? I mean, we spend SO much of our lives online these days, there is so much information out there, but¬†when I have crossed that line¬†I get a little check in my spirit. No matter where I am or what I am doing, the moment I begin to feel my joy being robbed I know something is up. If I suddenly feel insecure, intimidated, fearful or I start judging myself to see whether what I am doing is good enough… I have to stop right there and step away.

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes it happens when I don’t even realise it! Then all of a sudden I feel totally terrible and I am knee deep in “oh my gosh this person is doing that, I need to do this and this and this?!” Um, NO. No you don’t. All you need to do is focus on being the amazing, creative, inspiring and fabulous person God created you to be.¬†There is no one on earth like you. There is no one on earth like me. And if you try and be me and I try and be you, then we are both going to fail miserably! But, if we stay in our lane and focus on what we do best, then we are going to flourish and we are going to fly baby ūüôā

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

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You are amazing. Of all the people walking on this planet there is not a single one like you. Just look at us! I mean, as I write these words I am thinking of you guys reading this blog. Each of you are incredible, with your own amazing gifts and abilities, and today you are going to go out into this world and release your creativity and amazing-ness!! (Not sure if that is actually a word!) Anyway, the world needs what you have to give… so get out there and run!

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So, what do you say? Wanna join me and stay in our own lanes and be amazing? 

Love Nat xoxo

(PS… Here are a few of this week’s highlights)

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 :: THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY ::

 

Soho. How I love you.

 9/11 Tribute.

 Dreaming of shopping at Bergdorfs. I will go in there for lunch very soon though!

58th and Fifth.

¬†One of my fave views of The Plaza… and the ice rink getting ready for winter!

 Fun exploring the brand new POLO Ralph Lauren flagship store. 711 Fifth Ave.

 Very bright and colourful!

 Subway selfie (sporting my new RL shirt). 79th St subway.

 Love this view of Grand Central and Chrysler at 42nd and Park.

 Sunday arvo at Bryant Park. 42nd and Sixth.

 Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Ave.

¬†Tea and dessert at Sarabeth’s on 59th with my lovely friend Brittany.

My street.

 Pretty posies in Nolita. Prince St.

Bryant Park as the sun is setting. Beautiful.

Have a lovely day!

N xx

Images – All by Natalie Box unless otherwise listed.

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Book Sneak Peek :: ‘The Resident. The Tourist’.

When was the last time you went somewhere¬†new? Last week I was reminiscing about my travels. It’s been a while now since I’ve travelled, not gone on a holiday.. travelled. There is a big difference. And every time I work on my¬†coffee table book, it stirs up my passion to go somewhere new again. My book is coming along well.. it’s a tale of life, travel, beauty and adventure..¬†full of stories and inspirations of the many of the different cities I have lived in and been to. I’d like to say I am like this girl when I travel.. but unfortunately not. Well, not yet anyway.
Below is an excerpt from my book describing the first time I arrived at Hong Kong airport. It was October 2003 and this place was to be my home for four months.

Excerpt from ‘2 Hours on an Aeroplane’:

“The plane touched town smoothly, and after disembarking I joined the hundreds of others following the signs to baggage claim. Hong Kong International Airport is like a space station. Slick, shiny and organised. Apparently I had landed at a gate (one of hundreds actually) which was so far away it required a train ride to reach the main part of the airport.

You can pick a Hong Kong tourist from a Hong Kong resident a mile away. The tourist: slightly nervous and excited, eyes darting from sign to sign clutching bags whilst holding maps and cameras, wandering slowly and somewhat peacefully, as opposed to the latter. The resident: the fast-paced, super power-walker, zooming at top speed past said tourists, straight towards the baggage area they know so well. Their aim: to clear customs and be on their bus home within 20 minutes of leaving their seat on the plane. I would soon become the resident, walking confidently through the airport; but for that moment in time, I was most definitely the tourist. I felt like one of a thousand cattle being ushered into a yard. All of a sudden my stomach was full of butterflies. I was here.”


How much FUN!! I get excited just thinking about it ha! So.. I have decided, I have to travel this year. I am not sure where, or how, or when.. but at some point this year I just have to pack my bags and head overseas somewhere new!!
Where do you want to travel? Where would you just LOVE to go? If I gave you 10K and said you could head off anywhere for any length of time, where would you go? Okay, now write it down and keep declaring it and you will get there!

Happy Tuesday my friends..

nat x
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