REBRAND // Hello, Out There.

Well, it has been more than a hot minute since I have popped up around here. Two and a half years to be exact (can someone please tell me how that went by so quickly?).  I guess I should start explaining myself, huh? Two weeks after my last post, we made the gut-wrenching decision to say good-bye to all our friends who had become family and pack up Brooklyn life. In a handful of weeks, we loaded everything into a Uhaul, and set our GPS to the PNW.

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My Article in Canadian Student Magazine is here!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetMy first print article has been published! It is a piece detailing life as an international student at Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Canadian Student is a professional education magazine that will be distributed in high schools, universities, career fairs and Canadian embassies.  The aim of the publication is to promote Canadians to study abroad while also enticing international students to come to Canada to complete their higher education.  It was edited to include one small spelling error but other than that I am pleased with my first real deal, publication in print.  Currently, it is only available in print versions.  However, many of you have been asking to give it a read so I scanned a copy to make my section of the magazine available to you: Canadian Student Magazine-Renee Jordan

Enjoy and give me all your feedback!

Exploring Brooklyn: Favorite Coffee in Fort Greene

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As all our New York nearest and dearest know because they finally got to meet her -my mom came to visit for a week.  Having her in town is always a roller coaster.  I spend the week before she lands being a ball of quivering, excited energy.  Once she arrives, my emotions run high as we adventure, talk and just be.  We really do just love to hang out. Then the morning she leaves I wind up standing in my go-to coffee shop with my eyes welling up with tears as the barista asks how my morning is going. Regardless of the tidal waves of emotions I experience in the few short days surrounding her visit I am always so, so glad she is able to come.

This isn’t her first visit to our city, it is actually her third; she is pretty much a veteran New Yorker by now.  So this time around we took it easy.  We had a girls day complete with brunch at Walter’s in Fort Greene, followed by a spa day at the Plaza Hotel.  We tackled the Met Rooftop after church on Sunday.  Throughout the week she came with me to work, or met me for lunch at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room at the Ace Hotel.  But most importantly we drank a lot of coffee from some of our favorite places. Including: Continue reading “Exploring Brooklyn: Favorite Coffee in Fort Greene”

Get Out of Town: Best Summer Escapes from NYC

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We are slowly settling into a new fall rhythm.  Jay is still traversing multiple time zones per week and racking up air miles like it is a business, but as for me I am transitioning into a steady pace of life and loving it.  So as we ease into autumn it has me reflecting on the truly spectacular summer we had.  On top of graduating grad school, landing a brand new (amazing) career and celebrating five years of marriage, we got out of the city to explore the greatness that sounds us as much as possible.  A dear friend, Pat, mused that Jameson and I have left no stone unturned in our first year in New York.  This summer that especially rings true.   This summer alone has led us through eight different states.  Here is the short list of some of our favorite getaways, and some of the highlights of each adventure. Continue reading “Get Out of Town: Best Summer Escapes from NYC”

Summer in NYC

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Summer in the city is arguably my favourite yet (minus the humidity and skin scorching temperatures).

We have been so fortunate to have three of our nearest and dearest come to town to explore a New York summer with us.  My dad and his wife Maureen, came at the start of July to help us settle in and explore our new neighbourhood.  Then last week my brother, Sean, ventured over to help us tackle many of the items on our NYC tourist bucket list. We loved having them along to explore our surroundings.  Sharing the energy and pulse of the city with those we love, and exposing them what has made us fall love with New York really is the best treat. We SO loved having them. All bias aside I think Jameson and I have a pretty awesome family.

What follows is a few of our top picks for summer activities in the city. Continue reading “Summer in NYC”

Get Out of Town: Our Fifth Wedding Anniversary in Victoria

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It was our fifth wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and we managed to wrangle a trip back to the island at the same time.  This meant Jay and I were able to steal a room at the Fairmont Empress, which was actually directly across the hall from where we spent our wedding night (swoon).  We love the Fairmont brand, and after working there for 8 years and now with Jay having a jet setting career we have managed to stay at over 22 of their properties.  So that being said the Empress is very near and dear to our hearts.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Continue reading “Get Out of Town: Our Fifth Wedding Anniversary in Victoria”

Harlem to Brooklyn: We’ve Moved Y’all

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Jay and I have LOVED our little corner of Harlem this past year.  It has been so convenient being around the corner from my classes and across the street from work.  Today we actually had the privilege to show my dad and his wife around our former neck of the woods and all sorts of nostalgia built up inside me (even if I have only been a Brooklynite for a mere 20 hours).  However, with my graduation date just thirty short days away (HECK YES!) we have to vacate our university owned apartment.  We elected to move into the amazingly, west coast feeling neighbourhood of Fort Greene.  Added bonus, we are going to be neighbors with a few of our closest friends.

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Air B and B does a much better job of cataloging the awesomeness of our new hood, so I would recommend checking them out if you are curious about where we are setting down roots. All I can say is we could not be happier we scored an apartment in a doorman, full service building in Fort Greene.  It is a small, super popular corner of New York City which means the rental market is fierce.  It tends to be pricey, since a plethora of celebrities are moving into the area (every celebrity sighting I have had in NYC has been in Fort Greene).  So finding something in our range was something we weren’t totally sure we would wrangle.  All in all, I am thinking God has a little something to do with us finding our new home.

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The community itself has an abundance of markets, luscious parks and not a Starbucks in sight.  The majority of shops and eateries are local and totally right up our alley. My west coast heart is doing back flips. Add to all that goodness that the streets are swathed in foliage and my soul is singing.  So in honor of our move here are a few snaps of our new street.

New York City Living: Roof Life

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As you may know Jay and I began ardently church hunting when we arrived in NYC, and it had been quite the process.  It wasn’t until one day after a work out that one girl took a risk and asked Jay to come to church that we finally found a place to call home.  Beyond a church, what we gained was one of the most exceptionally amazing group of likeminded people that have become like our New York City family.  They have really turned around my perspective on living in New York and helped quell some of the homesickness (just a touch though. I still miss all you islanders don’t you worry).

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By growing in this new church I have also come to realize that although I would deem myself a Christian from birth, that really my  depth of understanding and grasp of the bible is not nearly as diverse as I crave it to be.  As such, two of those aforementioned friends have come along side me to study the bible.  Beyond being incredible friends and being utterly gorgeous, they are also so wise and loving.  I have so much respect for both of these women. They don’t balk as my misunderstandings, and answer all my questions with open hearts and non judgmental minds.  I am so fortunate to walk through this journey with them.

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That being said, this past Tuesday we met on Elaina’s rooftop and since I am still in my photography class I carted along my camera to do some of my “homework” at the same time.  These images are the result of a beautiful evening studying an incredible book with unbelievably wonderful women.