Earlier this week, I headed off to New York with my sister Alaina. She invited me as her guest for an event to “Champion Equality. Make It Your Business,” hosted by Keds and Lola. It was phenomenal.
But before I go any further, you may be wondering, “Why is this on a blog about traveling around New England and living with dogs?” Well, I’ll tell you.
For starters, I’m the CEO of this blog, right? It may be small and there may only be a few people reading it (by the way, thank you!), but it’ll grow. Second, Maine is my home base no matter where I go, and this New England girl loves to tell travel stories from her perspective. And last, my sweet Luna could not come, but that’s an unfortunate part of a dog owner’s life. Luckily my husband stayed home with her, so I didn’t have to worry.
But back to New York. As Alaina put it, standing at the “Top of the Rock” which overlooks the sky scrapers and streets, “There really is something magical about this city, isn’t there?”
We only stayed one night, but a lot was accomplished in those 48 hours. We drove down from Maine and arrived in less than six hours, leaving bright and early at five that morning. Although we’d considered flying – which would’ve gotten us there in about an hour and a half – we figured that by the time we went through all the airport rigmarole, we wouldn’t be saving time, anyway.
The Keds and Lola event wasn’t until 6:30 in the evening, and we wanted to get the most out of our time there. So we grabbed a quick lunch and took a long walk, ending up at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
I’d been to the monument before, which is a truly perfect tribute to the victims who lost their lives on that tragic day. Then, we headed into the museum.
I’ll admit, I didn’t want to go in at first. I knew it would be heart-wrenching, and as expected, I was choking back tears the whole time. But I’m glad I went. I was so young when it happened, I didn’t fully comprehend the depth situation at the time. I felt like it was my duty as an American to walk through the artifacts, and down into the foundation where one of the towers once stood. Above all else, the victims and their families deserve to be honored and remembered, especially the brave rescuers that risked and sacrificed their lives that day.
We headed back to the hotel for a drink, then off to the event, which we’d both been anticipating for weeks. There, they had a panel of female entrepreneurs: CEOs and founders from Keds, Lola, IT Cosmetics, S’well, Soul Cycle, and Finery all spoke and inspired an audience of women in varying stages of their own businesses.
In addition to gaining advice and wisdom, we were able to gain something else: SWAG! Along with a canvas tote, we were treated to exclusively designed sneakers, organic products for that time of the month, amazing IT cosmetics products, a chic S’well bottle, and a slick portable charger.
Yes, the stuff was cool, but these ladies were amazing to listen to. They talked about the nit and grit they pushed through before earning their triumphs and were living proof that faith and perseverance will lead to success.
The next day, we did a lot more meandering and strolled through Times Square. But the highlight of day two was definitely the view from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center. I get starstruck just being in the building where SNL and The Tonight Show are filmed, and if you didn’t know, the tippy-top of the iconic tower has quite the view.
For someone who grew up in a quiet coastal town, I think the “magic” of New York City is all the energy and opportunity that’s always buzzing there. The swarms of people, blinking lights, and sky-high buildings give you a feeling that anything could happen, at any time – the city never sleeps, after all.
Our time there was short, and we were sad to leave so soon. But of course it was nice to come home, where my husband and this adorable face were waiting for me.