It's been a while since I wrote about my life and travels — you could say that I've been a little busy. Within the last four months, I have moved twice, transferred offices while being on-boarded to a new role and clients, started investing, developed a budget (which was a long time coming) and learned how to cook meals with — literally — no counter space.
I've cried a lot, but have probably also laughed more than ever. New York has been full of ups and downs, but during this short period I've grown and learned more about my true self than any period of my life. I've discovered what it truly means to be homesick, which I have never felt before, even when spending a summer in London a few years back, my first real time abroad. I've learned that it's acceptable (and, frankly, required) to be aggressive on the subway. I've learned that long distance relationships are hard, but healthy if with the right person. I'm grateful to be independent from my parents for the first time in my life, except for like, a personal loan and healthcare — thank you, Dad (and Obama). I've learned it's important to be educated about what's going on in the world (but also that it's OK to take a break from the news). I've noticed that nothing else calms me down more than a Simon & Garfunkel playlist (try this out while running through Central Park in the fall — it's enchanting, folks).
I'm thankful that I live in a city that's so diverse, so welcoming and so vibrant. It's a place that's somehow equally the most expensive place in the country and also the cheapest. It's probably the only city where a large slice of pizza is cheaper than instant ramen, and that's not a complaint. I'm surprisingly thankful for all the annoying commuters whose cigarette smoke I have to walk behind, and the absolutely ridiculous amount I pay in rent.
New York isn't magical by any means, but there's no other place like it in the world, which I guess makes it its own kind of magical.
Until next time,
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