My time in New York City!

It happened. I can't believe it actually happened. I've wanted to go to New York for as long as I remember and last week, I finally got to go! As soon as you tell people you're going to New York, you get floods of recommendations which is great because its such a big city and you need all the help you can get squishing everything into one week. But I'm gonna tell you about some of the things I got up to (including all the touristy bits) that I think made for a spectacular week in New York. 

Arriving in New York: Arriving in New York was fine. Thats the only word I can use to describe for travelling that amount of hours at ridiculous o'clock in the morning and waiting hours in the line to get through the airport.

This was all made better by our Uber driver, David. He was so excited that it was our first time visiting the City that he took us around all the parts he thought we wouldn't get chance to see getting us to jump out and take pictures whenever there was a good opportunity. One of the times, we turned to see him skipping towards us with a polaroid camera. He took a picture of us in front of the incredible city scape and gave it to us as a souvenir. Literally, such an awesome man to go out of his way to make that experience more fun. In case you're wondering, the fare he charged was still the same as the estimate despite the hour detour.

First of all, the hotel. 

We stayed at a place just off 5th Avenue, W 34th Street (OMG IM SUCH A NEW YORKER) which was also about a 1 minute walk from Macy's if that paints a better picture. It was called Hotel Metro. We got a great deal, the room was great and the staff are lovely. They also include breakfast every day and serve free wine and snacks from 5pm - 6.30pm everyday. Yes, of course we were there at 5pm on the dot each day. It was a great location, really in the middle of everything but not too much to handle. The surrounding bars and restaurants where also amazing.

The Yankees VS The Mets

It's always questionable going to things like this when visiting somewhere. Although I was going to New York, I didn't want to constantly do tourist stuff or be surrounded by tourists even though I was one. We set off to see The Yankees VS The Mets at the Yankee Stadium. It was our first time on the Subway, which by the way despite the heat is fine and really easy to navigate around. If you ever get stuck in a City, use the app Citymapper, its amazing and tells you the quickest and easiest ways to get places and even gives you a price estimate. We arrived at the stadium and found it was probably only about 10% tourists and thousands of Americans going to see the game. After grabbing a beer and a philly cheese steak (nom) we sat next to a lovely couple from Massachusetts who explained all the rules of the game to us and solved our confusion - thanks Mr & Mrs Massachusetts! We did have a bit of a nightmare getting the tickets online but we got there in the end!

Shopping

I am not a massive fan of shopping. My video at the end of this blog will beg to differ, but generally I hate shopping. Of course, being in America I had to get all the sports merch etc that i've wanted for a while. It made me see why people go to New York just to shop, you can literally get anything. We of course did the usual Macy's, Bloomingdales (James the concierge was a legend) and avoided shopping in Times Square. I'd definitely agree with people when they say shopping is cheaper in America, especially for the big brands that you need to sell an arm for in the UK.

Nights Out

It's definitely true when people say New York is the city that never sleeps. Some nights we found ourselves out until 5am without the bar even seeming like it was going to close. We had a few different nights out, some we would just grab a few beers, others we went to Comedy shows at The Broadway Comedy Club & Gotham which were both great nights out. We also loved going to Salloons where the staff would dance across the bar to Country music and songs by the greatest diva's. So much fun. The drinks in New York are rather expensive. We found it to be around $7-12 for a beer and $15 for a spirit and mixer/cocktail so I would definitely recommend having a cheeky few pre-drinks. Although there are lots of happy hours and bars such as Jimmy's Bar which have $3 beer. We did also branch out to bars in Greenwich Village, Pier 25 and Meatpacking District which were gave a great New York vibe.

Tourist Attractions

We tried to cover as many of the 'you have to do this' activities as possible. We went to the Top of The Rock for a spectacular view of New York. Took the Staten Island Ferry to see The Statue of Liberty. Central Park, boat lake rowing and all of the walking. Grand Central Station - So pretty. Times Square. We visited the 9/11 memorial which was one of the most surreal experiences. It was amazing in the craziness of New York, to be in a museum full of people who remained silent as they walked through and paid respects to all who lost lives in 9/11. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to be there. Definitely worth a visit. We also visited some places such as The Highline which was beautiful and Chelsea Market where I had the best Oyster's I've ever tried.

Other Activities

We wanted to do some random things whilst we were in New York so despite a very busy and planned itinerary. We did make time for those spontaneous moments. One thing which was definitely a highlight was when we took a Flying Trapeze class. On a random roof on Pier 40 alongside the Hudson river was New York Trapeze School. We only got to have 2 attempts before it started raining but it was one of the most adrenaline pumping moments of my life. Climbing up that huge ladder and just grabbing onto a heavy pole and swinging was the ultimate rush. I was shaking the entire time but I would definitely do it again and it was also lovely to be standing on the top forgetting my fears as I looked out and saw the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty. Amazing staff, really friendly, definitely want to go back. I also took a Jiu Jitsu class at Marcello Garcia Academy where I learnt a few new techniques. My friend went to a Warrior Bootcamp at the same time, needless to say we both returned to the hotel room as sweaty messes.

I could go on forever but I'm gonna stop there. For anyone thinking of going to New York or have always wanted to go, just go. You will not regret it. I made vlogs during my time in NYC where you can see my adventures but in the meantime, here is a shopping haul of everything I got from NYC. No matter how many things I came back with, those memories will be with me forever!

I love you New York!

 

 

I'm now on Etsy!

Aloha! 

I've had a lot of people asking if I sell my photography for the past few years so I finally decided to bite the bullet, chance it and put it up for sale! 

You can buy prints of my work at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/256687234/docking-station-for-iphone-iphone-dock?ref=hp_so_crsl_l

If you have any requests for prints that are on my website but not on Etsy, get in touch: georgiaflynncreative@gmail.com

It's already March..... Oops!

I promise you I honestly went into 2016 with the intention of writing a blog every week but that obviously didn't happen...oops! Lots has happened over the past few months and it's been a lot of fun.

I've joined the team at Bido Lito! - Im still very new to it, but so far i've photographed 2 gigs and gave a good old attempt at a review. It's been really good so far, I get to go to watch more live music which I absolutely love, and I get to share my work in a really cool Liverpool Music Magazine. I've always found it pretty damn challenging photographing a gigs, lighting always get's me and reminds me I still have a lot to learn about photography. Check out the Bido Lito! at www.bidolito.co.uk and various shops around Liverpool/Wirral. Keep an eye out for my work!

I've been loving getting back into photographing gigs again, it's definitely my favourite way to spend an evening - watching and photographing gigs. If you're a band looking for a photographer give me a shout! If thats a gig or a band shoot, i'm up for the challenge! A new exciting band I've been working with is Pure Joy, watch this space on that one but definitely check out their album, they're definitely ones to watch in the up and coming Liverpool Music scene. 

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On that note, music I'm loving right now:

Clean Cut Kid, Victoria, The Lottery Winners, Chris Stapleton, The 1975 and Foals!

I love adding my favourite music to playlists called some pretty random names. Check them out on Spotify by searching 'Georgia Flannel Flynn'.

 

 

MORE EXCITING NEWS! This site showcases all my personal collection of stuff I have made and loved over these years, but I am now part of an exciting department we have launched in work. Follow us on social media @mediahiimpact and check out our work www.hi-impact.media. Looking forward to what's ahead with the lovely team of creative humans behind hi-impact media!

On a rather random note, I am trying something new to tackle my lack of love for the gym. I've tried loving the gym, i've tried various contracts, prices and none of them work. Like many, I never have the motivation to drag myself there and work surrounded by people with absolute guns looking flawless. For any of you who followed my Youtube Vlogs as I ventured around Thailand and Cambodia last year, you will know I endured a week of Muay Thai boxing in Chiang Mai. I loved it there so I decided to start it properly! I'm now in my third week at MMA Academy Liverpool training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, very different to the whole 'gym' experience but so far its boss, really motivating and a great chance to learn something really interesting. Who knows one day I may be able to walk down the road without being reminded how unfit I really am?!

Right, thats enough for one day. As we celebrated International Women's Day this week, I think its only right to leave you with one thing. Women, it's important you support other women. Men, its important you support women. Why do we need to have a day to celebrate women? Because gender equality is not yet a reality, and we can not stop until it is. We need IWD to remind people that it the fight for equality is not just for them, but for every woman in the world. Fight for the 62 million girls who don't have access to an education. For every woman who has every experienced sexual harassment. For every woman who has been told they been to 'man up'. For every woman who does the same job as a male colleague and accepts less pay because of her gender. For the women across the world who aren't allowed to leave the house without their husbands. For the women who can not for any reason stand up for their own rights. 

It's been a busy few months but I will try and be less flakey and post more! 

Thanks for reading! 

xoxo

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2015 Favourites

New Year is a strange one. Many people hate the idea of setting resolutions and reflecting on the past year, questioning why we celebrate it. I am a massive believer in welcoming in a New Year. For 365 days, whenever you write the date it ends the same way, and for that to change for a whole year I think its pretty important. It's a great time to reflect on how you've spent your life the last year and your hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Set as many goals as you like, don't set any, do whatever makes you happy and for Pete-sake (is that actually even a word?) stop moaning about people telling you their resolutions.

Anyway, before I throw myself into 2016, here are some of the things I have loved from the past year;

Books. I have a strange relationship with books. I see them on the shelves looking all pretty and I get excited to read them, so I pick up a book or two and take them to the tills. I get really excited to read the books as i've anticipated the release of some books by my favourite authors for months. There seems to be a routine with me and books where I get them, put them on my book shelf and never get round to reading them. I want to read them but i'm stuck in the routine of scrolling down social media news feeds and thinking that's more interesting than the amazing books I have on my shelf. Anyway, these are a few books I actually bothered to read this year and I still have quite a selection on my shelf waiting for me to be less distracted by technology.

Girl Boss - Sophia Amoruso - An amazing read that is guaranteed to make women feel empowered to go out and take the world by storm.

Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg - I actually listened to this book on Audible. I've never listened to a book before. At first it was pretty strange sat listening to a book rather than reading it but it was great. I could listen whilst on walks, at home, driving to and from work, in the gym (that one time I went the gym). It was really empowering to hear Sandberg reading the book and telling her story of becoming Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. It made me one to work harder than ever before.

You Deserve A Drink - Mamrie Hart - Anyone who knows me knows that I spend way too much time watching YouTube videos. Mamrie Hart has been my favourite YouTuber for quite some time. She is hilarious and I was so excited when she released her book this year. I looked like a complete plonker reading this book as I sat on trains reading and cackling aloud forgetting the commuters around me. If you do anything in 2016, either watch her YouTube videos or read her book I promise you won't regret it. 

www.lennyletter.com - Ever since I watched the first episode of HBO's 'Girls' I have been obsessed with the work of Lena Dunham and Jennie Konner. So much so that I wrote my entire dissertation on the TV Series. Twice a week, Lenny Letter's are sent into my inbox. They're great articles and essays written by great women, sent straight into my emails that I can access at the click of a button. If you haven't guessed already, I am a feminist. I hate that when I tell people i'm a feminist they immediately want to start a huge debate and think I am a man hater, never shave, dress like a man and want to burn my bra's. I assure you that isn't the case. I have 5 brothers, I have nothing but respect for men.  I am also a 22 year old woman trying to grow up in a world that doesn't make sense. Why is there still a wage gap? Why are women not as respected as men? Why is the highest percentage of people in power in the world men? I say I'm a feminist, because I believe that both men and women should have equal social and political rights. That doesn't mean I think that men are after women, some men are a great at supporting women, others, not so much. Even the amount of women putting other women down in a world like this is just crazy. I'm saying no more. Lenny Letters are great articles written by great women.

Quick Highlights:

Jennifer Lawrence - She's still the queen of everything.

Amy Schumer - I don't care what you say. Her comedy is on point and Trainwreck was awesome.

OITNB - Season 3 was probably my least favourite out of all of them. Saying that, I am still in love with every single character and Jenji is a genius.

Master of None - Aziz Ansari - I tried to branch out and stop watching OITNB on repeat and it paid off. This Netflix series was really pretty decent.

Made With Code - The Google initiative to get girls coding more is amazing. It's great to see so many girls become more interested in code and so many people working hard to get girls and women involved in the coding generation.

James Bay - As well as sharing a love for hats. James Bay's 'Chaos and the calm' has been one of my most played on Spotify. No matter what mood I'm in it always works.

The Jackobins - I've been lucky enough to go and see The Jackobins live about 15 times this year. You may have seen lots of photos of The Jackobins appear on my website. There is such a great vibe about this band, their style and love of music really shows in every performance. From small crowds to festivals such as 'Party in The Pines' these Liverpool lads give it their all. Their final gig of 2015 at Liverpool O2 Academy had an electric atmosphere with a crowd going crazy for their new material including their new single 'One More Chance'. Watch out for The Jackobins because 2016 is definitely going to be their year. Check them out on www.thejackobins.co.uk or @TheJackobins

Victoria - If there's one song thats been in my head the entire year it's 'Into The Wild' and its not a bad thing, because its an absolute tune. I saw this band live when they were supporting Newton Faulkner on tour earlier this year and I can't wait for them to play Arts Club in Liverpool this February. I thought they were amazing when I listened to them on my computer, but seeing them live was a whole new experience. They are a bunch of great and genuine lads. They do have several new great singles, but first take a listen to 'Into The Wild'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQWBuHubv5Q Find them on Twitter @VictoriaBandUK

That's all for now! I am so excited to see what 2016 will bring and what I will be inspired by this year. Have you set any new years resolutions? What were your 2015 favourites? Let me know in the comments! Have a fabulous 2016.

Post Graduate Blues

I’ve been in education my entire life. I followed the school, college, university structure and found myself comfortable safely enclosed in the education system. My mind was an endless pool of dreams, aspirations and possibilities. I felt like I could achieve anything I wanted to.

 

After school, I packed my bags and moved out of my family home in Merseyside to embark on a new adventure studying a creative course at a university in London. I have always known I have wanted to work in a creative industry. I would constantly preach to friends and family about how I would never work in a place that didn’t make me happy every single day. During my time at university, my dreams continued to grow and felt that the world was my oyster then more than ever before. I was quickly making lots of friends who were all living with the same belief that we could achieve anything we wanted. I make university sound easy and glamorous. But yes, it was years of stress, anxiety, highs, lows and endless nights in the library. I worked in bars to support myself financially alongside help from my parents and student loans. It always felt like the stress and tiredness would never end. But that was okay, because at the end of my studies I was going to dive into a fantastic career that would have me skipping to work every day.

 

My time in education was finally coming to an end. After handing in my dissertation and exhibiting my interactive artwork at a well-known London gallery, I felt on top of the world. It then came to graduation day – the best day of my life. London’s Southbank was filled with hopeful graduates ready to start their careers.

 

After graduation, I flung my backpack on and set off to travel around Cambodia and Thailand alone for 3 months. I was completely out of my comfort zone but having the absolute time of my life. I met hundreds of fellow backpackers, shared stories, explored local cultures and vlogged every single day of my trip. My time travelling was amazing, but on my way home I didn’t find myself upset that I was leaving these beautiful countries. I was excited to start this career I had been dreaming of my whole life.

 

Once I returned to the UK, it was a completely different story.

 

I moved back into my family home, which I absolutely loved because I was once again surrounded my all my family and friends. Sat with a heart full of hope, I began applying for jobs. Months started to go by, applying for around 20 jobs a day, most applications taking a fair few hours to complete. Every morning I would check my emails in hope that I would be flooded with job offers, but nothing. After years in education being told you’re the leaders of the future, how could I have been so ignorant to reality?

 

I was applying for jobs that I didn’t even want and I just couldn’t get them. I signed up to various recruitment agencies and nothing even came from them. I spent months doing the same thing, applying for jobs all day, waking up to rejections/no replies. I began to feel at the lowest point I ever had. I wouldn’t bother to get out of bed until the afternoon, began getting slower at job applications. I felt like I was blocked in a cave and would never be able to succeed. I felt like my entire life in education was a waste of time, like I wasn’t good enough to do anything and it was a really lonely and daunting time.

 

One day I sat up, and decided this wasn’t who I am and I needed to do something about it. I did the one thing I never thought I would and joined a gym. Exercise began to help a lot; it gave me a reason to get up and out. I started volunteering at my local cadet unit and it felt good to feel like I was making a difference. I began to feel good about myself again. I was so concerned about not having a job and money that I had lost any sense of what I was trying to achieve. I decided that I would start contacting companies that weren’t advertising any jobs or internships and I would tell them why I would be a benefit to them even if it meant working for free. I decided I would rather work day and night balancing evening bar work and internships. I began visiting companies, attending start up business conferences and networking events and I was back to feeling hopeful. If you’re a post-graduate, unless you’ve been lucky, I’m guessing you’ve been through a similar wave of post-graduate blues. I am here to tell you, that you are good enough, you have not wasted your time and university and you can go out in the world and achieve whatever you want. As cliché as it sounds if you really believe in your ideas, they CAN happen.

 

I continued to put my work online, no matter how much I thought I was wasting my time. One day, I was sat doing my everyday routine of applying for countless jobs and a message popped up on my ‘creative’ page on Facebook. I was amazed, it was actually someone who used to teach me way back in primary school who had found my photography work online and told me all about a great technology company they had started. After a few meetings, I began working for the company 5 months after returning from my travels. I now get to work in a creative environment where I can challenge myself every single day and I absolutely love it. You may say it was only 5 months, but when you leave university with so much hope and expectation… 5 months is a really long time. Keep going graduates. Do what you love, make it happen!

 

Trying something new

Over a year ago now, I moved back from London where I studied at University for 3 years. When I first arrived in London as a young, optimistic and immature art student I was immediately engulfed into it's culture. The city was amazing and so different to every other place I've been before. It's a city that holds such beauty, history, hope, wonder and also millions of miserable people. You can't deny it, they're absolutely everywhere. That's not to say that everyone in London is miserable, i've seen my fair share of smiles in the big smoke. But catching yourself people watching can be a magical thing in itself. I've sat for hours watching people across London. In the train stations, on the tube, on the streets, by the river, in a cafe, everywhere. No matter where I go, I always try to find beauty in my surroundings. I am a serial people watcher, there's nothing I love more than sitting watching the world go by and making up stories in my head of what that person has done that day, what they're feeling and where they're going. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I like to try and challenge myself to always see things in a different way. I  often go back and visit London to see friends and lose myself in the City for a few days. This time, I set off with my camera in hand and a goal to take photographs that I wouldn't usually take. I walked along Southbank, along to the Tate, up to St Pauls, to Covent Garden, you get the picture - it was a long walk. Walking along I tried to see my surroundings in a different way, I would lift my camera up, and try something new each time. I found myself looking at things, but really looking at things. I found that I loved looking at the shapes of buildings, particularly as London has so many to offer. I found myself occasionally stopping myself from taking the shot I would always take and trying something new. Now, don't get me wrong, there are definitely some classic tourist shots in here. But still, I had a great time taking them.



Book Review: Grace Helbig - 'The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up'

Lets face it – being a young adult in the new age digital era is one of the most difficult things to be. There may be harder things in life, but being a young adult is often very challenging! In aid of this, YouTube sensation Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s gives an excellent insight into the tales of what its like to become an adult. ‘’Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown Up’ is beautifully illustrated in full colour packed with fun tips and exclusive stories from her misadventures of falling into adult life.

 

The book is infused with her sweet, saucy and hilarious voice as she talks about surviving break ups, job interviews and the walk of shame. The guide holds a humorous tone and a conversational voice to someone you have been friends with for a long time. It is completely relatable for young adults – there were parts I just wanted to call my best friend and laugh about because we had done a similar thing. It is amusing and unexpectedly educational. Although Helbig makes fun out of a lot of the things that she has done in her journey of becoming an adult, there are parts of the book where Grace gets serious. She talks about how she coped with her anxiety and balancing part time bar jobs and internships as she pushed to make her way in the world.

 

The guide is split into ‘How To’ Chapters with the occasional interactive activity or ‘Moms words of advise’. It’s conversational tone makes for a really easy and enjoyable read. I couldn’t help but see a little bit of myself in everything in the book which is something I find works magnificently for a ‘self-help’ book.

 

If you’re a fan of Graces YouTube channel ‘ItsGrace’, you will definitely enjoy this book. It is laced with the same personality and humour that is in so many of her videos and you will truly feel like she is some kind of Internet friend. I can see myself buying this for all of my friend’s birthdays this year as we all graduate from University and are thrown into the difficult world of learning to becoming an productive adult. If you want to cheer yourself up and have a good giggle, I recommend you buy this book for yourself, give it a read and pass it on to a friend.