New York – getting closer
April has gone by like a breeze! I can’t believe it’s almost May, which means my trip to New York is only a few weeks away. The trip is starting to feel more real every day, but it still seems weird to think that soon I’ll be on a plane on my way to make one of my biggest dreams come true. Even though I’m excited, I also have moments of anxiety: will I really be able to make my dream of writing a book come true?
People experience different stages of travelling in different ways. For some the planning and packing phase is the best. Others grab what they remember an hour before leaving and want to experience everything and more while they are at their destination. I think planning a trip is half the fun. I don’t really plan what I’ll do when I get there, but instead enjoy packing and getting into an excited trip mood. Of course, I do a little research on what there is to do at my destination, but for the most part I like to do things spontaneously while I’m there. I think preparing for a trip and having fun visualizing and daydreaming about it makes the excitement and happiness of the trip last longer.
My absolute favorite thing about travelling is the moment when you take off. It’s hard to describe the feeling I get when a bus engine starts, a train slowly start speeding from the station or a plane rolls down the runway. There are so many feelings in the air at that moment! I love airports and all kinds of stations related to travel. The constant movement of people is relaxing and inspiring. Airport and travel stations hide so many stories inside them – maybe that’s what makes them so intriguing to a writer. They also help with putting your own life into the right perspective: the world will constantly move forward, no matter what happens in your life. It’s fun to watch people and wonder where they came from, where they’re going and who might be waiting for them when they get there. When I was younger, I wanted to be a flight attendant because I loved the airport atmosphere so much.
But back to my book: recently I pulled out all the notes, character profiles and other material I’ve been collecting and writing down over the years. My plan is to have all the material planned and done before my trip, so I can focus on writing while I’m in New York. I daydream about writing in cafés all day, wandering the streets of New York, taking a morning jog in the park and sucking in as much inspiration as the city has to offer. My artistic side can’t wait for it! Though, I think reality will be more like sitting at my artist home’s kitchen table writing away with messy hair and sweatpants, the cat walking over my notes on the table and the dog sleeping at my feet. Even though these two ideas are complete opposites, I wouldn’t mind either one if I get to focus on writing.
An escape to New York City to write my book might seem magical and carefree, but I can’t really take a complete vacation from my job. As an entrepreneur my work goes wherever I go, but I’ve tried to do as much of it in advance as possible. I’m trying to get all the routine stuff out of the way, so I can focus on my book and possible last minute orders during my getaway. I think it will be good to take a break from writing my book and write something completely different every now and then during my trip. I will be updating my journey on my Instagram stories, so if you don’t follow me yet, click here and like my profile!