My New York City Trip & 4 Things That Grabbed My Attention This Week

After a long 10 days, I'm finally back in Los Angeles and I must say that my New York City trip was absolutely amazing. I bopped all around the city, took lots of pictures, and got very little sleep but loved every minute of it! I think the city is so motivating as everyone's constantly on the go, pursuing their dreams, and shares a common love for the busy city. I never wanted to leave!

 The High Line

The High Line

 The Butcher's Daughter, West Village

The Butcher's Daughter, West Village

Some of the highlights from the first part of my trip included taking a trip to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn with my friend Erica (so much good food. I will definitely be back!), and walking around the Meatpacking District, the High Line, and SoHo. I got the chance to work out of the WeWork in Chelsea which was so great and extremely inspiring to see so many people working hard on their business ventures. I find that I work 10x better in coworking environments, especially when working on time-consuming tasks, where you can just zone out and do your thing and no co-workers can really distract you. Working in an office is fun and all but when you have to just grind away, coworking spaces are where it's at.

I finally took my first Soul Cycle class in West Village, which I fell in love with (shout out to Kaili!) and I got to visit my friend Nick who works at LinkedIn in the Empire State Building (of course we went to the top of the Empire State Building before we checked out his office and had lunch). I'm obsessed with their office - not only were the views amazing, the workspace options were endless, and the food/drink options were great (cold brew coffee, sodas, healthy (and some not healthy) snacks, and lunch catered every day). The environment was very relaxed and no matter how old you were, what department you were in, or what your level in the company was, everyone was interacting in the same space or having lunch at the same tables. 

 SoHo

SoHo

 Brooklyn

Brooklyn

  Top of the Empire State Building

Top of the Empire State Building

 SoHo

SoHo

 

It was cloudy/rainy the whole time I was there and I honestly loved it.

On Thursday, I volunteered for the 99u conference at the Lincoln Center. I attended last year and absolutely fell in love with it but wanted to see it from the other side this time. My volunteer shift this year was for Michael Bungay Stanier's The Five Question Leader: Work Less Hard, Have More Impact. The session focused on mastering five essential questions that can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do. While I was only able to sit in the session for a little while, I got to hear some great insights on how to get to the root of a problem. Most of the time when we tell someone what our problem is, we only scratch the surface but the trick is to keep asking yourself A.W.E.? - "and what else?". It's amazing how the problem morphs into something completely different when you start asking yourself that question over and over. 

I got a copy of his book The Coaching Habit and am really excited to read it. I'll write a review when I'm finished too! 

Here are 4 Things That Grabbed My Attention This Week. 

  1. Instead Of Renting An Apartment, Sign A Lease That Lets You Live Around The World by Adele Peters via Co.Exist
    Roam is an international network of communal living spaces where you can join interesting people in interesting places - for a week or a lifetime. Considering the world we live in today and the ability to work from anywhere becomes more of a reality for almost every role, I love this concept and would like to try it one day.
     
  2. How to Hire a Millennial by Gene Marks via Inc
    I'm a millennial, surprise surprise, and me creating this website is like the epitome of what a millennial would do (and call it). Most all my friends are millennials too and as I was reading this article, I figured it was worth the share and think that all business owners, want-to-be business owners, and those who always say "back in my day, I never used to..." should read it.
     
  3. I used to think I was awesome. Google burned that dream. by Jon Westenberg via Medium
    This one is for the millennials, myself included. We have a rep of being too confident and I agree with that to extent for most people, but this was a good read regardless and a reminder to be humble and just work hard to get to where you want to be. 
     
  4. The 30 Things We Learned at the 2016 99u Conference by Matt McCue via 99u
    This is the recap of the 99u conference that I volunteered at while in NYC. I highly recommend attending this conference next year (and I hope to too!)