This month has been a celebration in a lot of different ways. The first being my birthday (which I coincidentally share with Beyonce) and the second is officially hitting my two year “anniversary” in New York City. It feels like just yesterday that I moved. So much has happened these past two years and I’ve changed a lot. I feel more straight-forward, ambitious and I’m also an expert jay-walker now (not sure how proud I am of that last one).
I have a little confession to make – I had never even been to New York before I moved. That’s right, I literally packed up my bags and moved across the country without even stepping foot on the east coast. Looking back, it probably was not one of my more logical decisions and it was also a huge leap of faith.
I spent a lot of my first year in New York going back and forth on whether the move was worth it. I decided not to continue with the acting conservatory. I ate a lot of pizza. I started taking blogging more seriously. Second year? I stopped hopping around from place to place and finally signed my first real lease. I ate a lot more pizza. I made amazing blogger friends. I fell in love with New York. It’s been a crazy ride, but so so so worth it. While I don’t know if I’ll stay here forever, I know that it’s been a great adventure full of learning experiences. It was a leap of faith that has changed me for the better.
When I talk to my friends back home, they always refer to me as a “New Yorker”, but I think I’ll always be a California girl at heart. Sun-kissed skin, Mexican food and the word “like” and “hella” (the second one is thanks to everyone in the Bay Area) will always feel like home. Still, I’ve discovered a new love for brunch, fancy events and strolls in Central Park. This gorgeous necklace from Shine Bright for Good is definitely a little reminder of both. It’s a big nod to my California roots with a polished New York vibe. I slipped the little beauty on as soon as it arrived and I’ve gotta say, it feels like home.
Someone once told me that the good things start at the end of your comfort zone and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know if I’ll be in New York next year or the year after that, but I plan to keep growing and learning. From California to New York City and beyond.
It seems like almost everyone I’ve met in New York is from another state too. There’s something so magical about this city and the way it attracts people from around the world. Have you visited yet? What did you think? Leave me a comment or connect with me on Twitter, Instagram or FaceBook!
Photos by Guerrilla Photography