Busy Before Travel

Cosmo Con 2012 is just around the corner and I’ve been incredibly busy over the last week preparing for the trip, events for the trip, and all things planning prior to.  I’m incredibly excited, and I think all the stress and busy-ness I’m enduring right now will help me appreciate the trip even more.

There’s so much to consider and I wish I had more money.  But I’m getting closer to the event and I can’t really think about money.  It’ll just cause me to worry about something I can’t control.  It’s time to just enjoy it.

So excited and yet dreading so much

I’ve never been so excited and have dreaded something so much at the same time.  What, you ask?  Shopping.

I love to shop, like most girls do.  And, as an added bonus, all that walking and carrying heavy bags is a workout.

I have a laundry list of things to get for Cosmo Con.  What’s Cosmo Con?  In the biggest nutshell, I’m an avid listener of Cosmo Radio and love the magazine.  For the second year in a row, I’m traveling to New York City to meet with around 100 girls that also listen.  Over the last couple years we’ve found each other through social media and have pages so we chat all the time.  It’s our one time of the year to see each other, hang out with some of the hosts we listen to on the radio everyday and just have a blast in the city.  And NYC is hands down my favorite city.  A lot of people hate the hustle and bustle city life…. but I love it.

I’ve been planning out today’s shopping trip for around a month.  My fiance is at work, so I’m taking the part of my day to myself.  We’ll eventually have to go shopping for him, but that’s for this evening or another day entirely.

I need a cocktail dress, couple pairs of jeans and tops, leggings, flats, pumps and boots.  I also want makeup, but that will just have to wait until next week.

So as excited as I am to shop, the part I’m dreading is money.  I’ve blogged about this over and over again that I never get in over my head.  As I get older and more fun opportunities arise, and unexpected bills come into the picture, I’m not over my head, but I’m at the most I’ve ever been at.

Don’t get me wrong, everything I buy today will be worth every single penny.  And most of it I’ll continue to wear.  I might not wear the dress again, or anytime soon.  I suppose if I don’t like it, I could always return it.

If I didn’t go on this shopping trip, I wouldn’t have anything to wear.  I’ll be gone total of six days and for as many outfit changes I do in a day on vacation, I’m going to need more clothes.

Perhaps this blog is just a reminder that I’ll be fine after today’s shopping trip.  After all, new stuff, hello!  Christmas in September.

I’ve really been keeping my eye on a ton of new fashion trends, I’ve seen so much I’ve liked and I’m finally ready to just go for it.  I’ve been stuck in my same dress routine for years and I’m ready to mix it up a little bit.  I’ll finally get to do that today. So really, I’m just making an investment in myself… right?

How Was New York?

I was on the phone with my friend Denis last night and he asked me how New York was. Now that I’m over a month out and can talk about it without welting up in sadness because I’m not there anymore or just jump from one story to another, I’ll finish what I started.

The point of my trip to New York was to meet the Cosmo girls. Over 50 girls from all over the country–and Canada, traveled to NYC to meet each other. Basically, in a nutshell, that was it!

I’ve been listening to Cosmo Radio (Sirius) for over five years and at the beginning, it felt so far. There were a handful of regular callers but I only felt connected just through listening.

Now, I talk to these girls daily. We make each other laugh, share tips–it’s so neat to have this group of girls. We share this amazing thing in common that no one else gets. What might seem weird to those who don’t listen is something so special to us.

I’ll never forget being greeted by probably 20 of them for the first time. We all hugged. One by one. I had never met these girls face to face and yet I knew each of them. The trip was so surreal. For one, I’d always wanted to visit New York. I’m hands down a city girl and I loved every minute of it. Sure, it’s a completely different environment. I think that’s what I loved about it so much. No one sleeps there. It was crazy standing in the middle of Times Square at 11:30 p.m. and it was just as busy then as it was at 1 in the afternoon.

When you put 50+ people together, everyone has different talents and there were so many perks. We stayed at a great hotel, ate at amazing restaurants and saw incredible things.  There were a ton of great stores and it was also incredible to see the 9/11 Memorial.  It was sad–especially being there and thinking back to everything I’ve seen on television.  They’ve really made it beautiful.  I wish it didn’t have to be that way though.

Back to the trip–it was just so amazing to have finally met the other people who share this common interest with me–and also to  meet the people I’ve been listening to every day. I can’t go without listening. It’s very much of a family. So being able to meet the hosts and producers meant a lot to me. I don’t feel like someone who just tunes in. Like I said, it’s a family.

It was so cool when I called in to the afternoon show a few weeks after, Lea, the producer, answered the phone and remembered who I was and where I was from. There are tons and tons of people who call in.  She probably didn’t realize it, but that really made my day.

Cosmo Radio is an escape for me. It’s where I can get advice, a laugh, a story, health and relationship tips–everything.  It all came together in New York. What’s even cooler? Now sections of the country are putting together groups and getting together. We’re planning another mini-trip in May to Chicago then another huge Cosmo Con event next September in Los Angeles.

I wish everyone had this. But it’s my thing. I hope to go back to New York soon. I miss it. It felt so right being there. I loved it all. It was worth every penny I spent and I can’t wait to go back.

Until I see them again in person, I have this. It makes me smile.

A Different Place

It’s crazy how fast a month goes by. I had been looking for my trip to New York for so long and now over a month has gone by.

I miss it. I love it.

I love how busy it is. There’s a different type of atmostphere. It’s a whole different world….one that’s only 12 hours away in the car or a few hours on a plane.

I love how the buildings tower over my head and every inch of space is so important. I love how I could visit a new restaurant or store every day.  And the walking. I love walking everywhere or jumping on the subway. I’m used to driving and when I’m on the subway, while there are crazy people, I can just zone out as it sways back and forth and throws you in a direction as it takes off and stops.

I love New York’s diversity. From the people to the food.

In general, I always feel safer or comfortable knowing there are people around. Not only are there tons of people around, but they’re there at all hours of the day and night.

There’s truly no other place like it in the world. I love it. I miss it.