September 14, 2018

Welcome to New York!

I can't believe I am even writing this, but I am officially a New Yorker!

Today marks two weeks since moving to New York City and I couldn't be more thrilled about it. Those of you that know me, know that this has been something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Connecticut meant frequent trips to the City, which I can credit for my long time love affair with New York. I truly feel like I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had the opportunity to come to know and love this extraordinary city. I am so grateful!

Two weeks in and so far so good! I keep telling people that I feel like I don't belong - not in a bad way, but more in the fact that I can't believe I actually live here now. Despite having planned on this move for a long time, I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I am here and that it is all real. My roommates and I keep saying how it feels like we are just on vacation and staying at an Airbnb. It's like a dream!

Speaking of roommates, I am living with two of my childhood friends and I am so grateful it all fell into place the way it did. It is so crazy to think that we were in elementary school together and now here we are living here. Who would have thought!? They are the best and I am looking forward to experiencing this city with them by my side.

Of course there is so much I am looking forward to and so many things I cannot wait to experience in this city. One of the reasons I love it so much and why I've wanted to live here is because there really is no limit of things to do or see. There is so much life here and so much living to be done! I want to take it all in, meet new people, see new things, open my mind up to new ideas, eat all the food (of course!), and really make the most of everything New York has to offer. The possibilities are endless.

As I reflect back on one of those trips into the city those many years ago, a memory stands out to me. I vividly remember crossing a busy city street with my closest childhood friend and saying, "I am going to live here one day." If the younger version of myself could see me now, I hope I'm making her proud.

 I am just as much in awe with this city now as I was then. It is magic, an adventure, and the greatest city in the world.

As one of my favorite sayings goes, "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." New York, you just might be my greatest adventure yet. I am so blessed to now call you home. Cheers to the next chapter, my new home, and all that is to come.

I have no doubts that the best is yet to come!

xo. G

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