My First Staycation (A Getaway Everyone Needs?)

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! I hope you guys all had a great start to your week. And although the weekends always seem to by a little TOO quick, I’m always grateful feeling like I an start fresh on Mondays.

For today’s post I wanted to answer some of your guys’ questions about the staycation I had about 2-3 weeks ago at this point. It’s taken me a while to finally get this up because there’s been a lot going with me, but here it finally is!

If you didn’t know, I planned a staycation for myself the weekend after Valentine’s Day and I got a lot of questions about why I decided to do it, where I stayed, how I felt, etc., and I’m going to be talking about all of that and more in this post, so let’s not waste time and just get right into it!

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Why I Did It?

I needed a break from everything and everyone. I know we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. I know a lot of people are still at risk. And I know I’m not the only one that is/was feeling trapped, but for my own mental state, I needed to get away…even if it wasn’t far or for long. I needed some type of escape for a little while, to just be by myself, do my own thing and stuff that made me happy.

When I told people I wanted to do this, a lot of them didn’t fully understand nor were they supportive of me doing this (for somewhat obvious reasons), which is okay because they don’t need to. I know and understand why I was doing it and that’s all that matters.

*Plus I was being 100% safe the entire time; keeping my distance from people, not going out a ton, etc. etc.*

I also think what some people weren’t understanding and/or was confused about was if the staycation was for me, why I was hanging out with some people throughout it? And the answer is simple, I didn’t want or plan on doing this with the intention of completely isolating myself from everything and everyone. I did it to get out and away from the environment that I was in for almost a year that was draining me mentally and emotionally. Again, I know I’m not the only one feeling this way and unfortunately other people that DO feel this way, don’t have the luxury of doing things like this, but that wasn’t going to stop me from doing this. I needed to lookout for myself and MY well-being which is what I did and why I decided to do this. There’s a LOT that goes on behind the scenes here that y’all don’t know the half about. So yes, it was taking a major toll on me and that’s why I decided to do it.

Where I Ended Up Staying?

The hotel was called INNSiDE New York NoMad. Located in West 27th Street near Penn Station and 34th Street. I REALLY loved this hotel. Everyone was so nice, helpful and accommodating and it was VERY clean. I felt safe being there. I definitely recommend this hotel if you’re coming to New York or are just looking to book a staycation for yourself. I requested a high room because the views from the hotel were amazing. It was overall a great, convenient and cozy hotel for me to choose for my first staycation and I definitely hope to come back again soon.

How I Felt Doing It?

In theory, I was so excited about being able to do it, and I’ve never done the “solo traveler” thing, so this was the closest thing I got to it. It was exciting, yet nerve-wrecking since it was my first time doing anything like this on my own. If I’m being honest, at night I would get hit with my anxiety and just be like “WTF?!”, but I guess thats just because I’m not used to doing things like that…and completely alone. I think it was fairly normal though. I also just always happen to feel anxious the few times/nights I’m not in my own room/bed. It feels weird and I think my mind and body are like ‘where the heck are we?!’ LOL. But the entire experience overall was pretty great, it just went by so fast, which is something I feel like always tends to when you’re really looking forward to something. Is that just me?! The days leading up to the event are always filled with excitement but drag on FOREVER, and then the trip/weekend itself FLIES by! Kind of unfortunate, but also makes you appreciate the time so much more (I think).

Would I Ever Do It Again?

I had so much fun doing all of the things that I wanted to do that weekend, in spite of dealing with minor anxiety at times. It was a great time and very much needed. I definitely recommend doing something like this at some point. It’s pretty therapeutic to be able to just spend time alone with yourself and your thoughts. Although it was bittersweet having to go back home after only 2 days being away, it was nonetheless a great experience and I can’t wait to hopefully do another “trip” like this in another month or 2.

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Check out my YouTube video showing everything I ended up doing throughout the weekend. I hope I answered all your major questions about the staycation and that you got something out of it!

Here’s the direct link for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvfB1-tIMY&t=1s

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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My First 2 Tattoo Experiences

Hey Everybody! The title of this post is self-explanatory, but I’m going to be speaking about my overall first experiences of getting tattooed; where I went, what I got, why I got it, and a ton of other things involving that.

Obviously everyone’s experiences are different and will be different, but I’m going to share with you guys how it was for me both times.

I really wanted to be able to document the first time I got tattooed, but it was so in the moment, that I completely forgot and by the time I thought about it, it was over. So, I’m going to be incorporating my first and second one in this.

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Firstly, I just want to start off by saying that I’ve always been interested in tattoos, like the artistic-ness of it, the meanings behind certain ones, etc. BUT, I really never thought I would ever be the type to want and/or get any. For a LONG time, I never even considered it. Like are you crazy?! Going through that pain, inking my body like that and having to literally live with it for the rest of my life!?! Naw, not for me, sorry….

However, I think that drastically changed (obviously lol) in the past year. I would say what really pushed me to get my first one, was when Spencer passed away almost a year ago (my cat who I wrote an entire post about and will leave linkedย hereย in case you wanted to check it out). It took me a while to really push myself to go and get it, but I knew that, for myself, I wanted and needed to do it for him.

I was researching like crazy, looking up ideas for what I wanted and trying to plan the entire thing out so it could be perfect. It was about a month after he passed that I settled on what exactly I wanted (which is pictured below).

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I finally ended up getting it on June 16, 2018.

I settled on what I wanted about a month after he passed away, but didn’t actually end up getting it done until about 6-7 months after I settled on it. There’s a variety of reasons for this, but mainly because of the nerves I had about it all.

I actually kind of got lucky because a friend of mine who I’ve literally known since I was a kid, is a tattoo artist, and so once I finally settled on what I wanted, I contacted her and she completely talked me through the whole thing and settled my nerves TREMENDOUSLY. Even on the day of, she was talking me through everything, answered every single question I had from the amount of pain I may be feeling, to the equipment she was using, etc. It was SO comforting and an overall great experience.

The name of the girl I went to is Shamalee Delacruz (her Instagram name is @tatubuny if you live in New York and wanted to check her and her work out, which you guys totally should). She is such a sweet person, and her work is really great. She’s so great at detail and making sure you get EXACTLY what it is you want, which is obviously extremely important when getting a tattoo. So I 100% recommend her if you’re considering getting any sort of tattoo work done.

I obviously spoke about the general meaning of it, as in who it was dedicated to, but to be more “specific”, my first one is just saying that Spencer will always be apart of me, in my heart. As for the placement of that tattoo, I got it on my wrist because it was somewhere that I knew I would always be able to see it. So now, whenever I miss him or anything, I just always look down, see it there and it always weirdly makes me feel better.

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So that was my first tattoo, which I got back in June. For my second one, which I just got done 2 days ago, I went to Shamalee again and got something that was extremely deep in meaning and important to me.

It always feels weird to talk about this one, just because it’s not something that I’m like trying to brag about to people, and I also just don’t generally talk about it much to anyone that isn’t super close to me (although I am trying to get better at being more vocal about it).

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Ultimately, the second one I got has to do with mental health. I’ve briefly spoken about it a few times on my blog before, but for those of you that are new and/or just didn’t know, I suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s something that I think I’ve always sort of dealt with throughout my life, but only recently did it start to get worse and really make me realize how real it is. This is something in my life that I’m probably always going to have to deal with, and if you know me, you know that I’m a fighter. But, when I have bad days, I have REALLY bad days, which I don’t always like to admit because of how intense it is, but the thought of suicide does come to mind every now and than. And I really don’t at all mean to say that light-heartedly, but it’s the truth, and because of that I decided to get this tattoo.

For those of you that don’t know, in literature, a semi-colon is used when an author could’ve ended a sentence, but chose not to. In this case, specifically, the author is myself and the sentence is my life. Something so tiny, yet so meaningful and impactful. So that’s the meaning of the semi-colon itself, as for the birds, I’ve just ALWAYS been obsessed with little bird tattoos for some reason, I think they’re so cute and just add more meaning to most tattoos. With that, a bird usually symbolizes freedom and perspective. See the finished product below.

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Got this one done on Saturday, September 29th.

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For both times, it was the weirdest thing because the days leading up to me actually getting them, I was nervous as hell. But the day of and throughout the entire process, I was strangely calm. Partly I’m sure because of how comfortable Shamalee made me, and I guess the other part is just because I knew how much they both meant to me and how badly I wanted them.

Which now leads me to one of the most important aspects of getting tattooed that most people wonder about….the pain. And rightfully so considering you should know more or less exactly what you’re getting yourself into before doing it. Now, as I mentioned earlier, everyone’s experience is and will be different, which means that everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Personally, being that I had never done anything remotely close to this before, I was pretty much going in blind since I had no form of reference for how much “pain” or not I was going to be in. The place that I got both my tattoos (the wrist area) is supposed to be an extremely sensitive spot for them; as in, it’s typically suppose to be more painful, especially since my second one kind of wraps around my wrist onto my bone. But personally, it really didn’t hurt much at all. It really just felt like hard, repetitive pinching….is that weird? Just me? Okay then….

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Overall, for both of my tattoos, I had two (thankfully) great and easy going experiences and healing processes.

And to be honest, I’m already addicted and planning what I might…..probably…..most likely will be getting next….don’t judge me!! ๐ŸŒš

Anyway guys, that’s it for this post. Those were my first 2 tattoo experiences. I really hope that you guys enjoyed it. Leave me a comment down below or write to me on social media about what your first tattoo experience(s) were like, I’d love to hear from you about it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys in my next one.

*Special thanks again to Shamalee for doing this for me and making meย feel super comfortable throughout it all, and for doing exactly what I wanted! As well as Diego for taking these great pictures! โค *

-Xoxo, Leo Girl โค

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