Hello, August. I know I say this every month, but I genuinely cannot believe it has been a year since last August… A year ago I was starting one of the best months of my life. I watched my boyfriend graduate, I went on a fabulous family vacay, got offered an incredible job, and packed up and moved to the city of my dreams… This month I will officially be able to say it has been a year since I moved to New York. That. Is. Wild!
Even though due to circumstances, I haven’t lived there the entire year. However, I have kept paying rent and I re-signed my lease and in less than two weeks, back to my lil NYC apartment I go *insert wide eye emoji* here.
Pandemic or not, I knew I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the city. Things may be different right now, but it’s still my home. I chose it and I made it happen and I’m not ready to let go. I’m looking forward to returning and spending time in my (what feels like) new neighborhood again. With everything going on, I am really trying to keep a positive outlook. Some days it’s easier than others.
But if I know anything, it’s that I know I’m lucky to have my health, my family, my job, and my apartment. I don’t want to take any of it for granted. This time period has been tremendously helpful with my gratitude. I thought I was pretty in tune with my gratitude before but this, but now my window of reflection its much bigger. Anyway — as usual, I want to share my focus for the month: sunshine.
When I was 16, I wrote a song lyric about having nothing but sunshine in my pocket and a hand to hold. This is how I feel now. Ryan and I are returning to the home we’ve built with nothing but sunshine in our pocket and each other’s hand to hold. I could not be more thankful. I can’t wait to sit on my balcony and take in the view of the Manhattan skyline. I can’t wait to eat outside at our favorite neighborhood spot. I can’t wait to get my french vanilla iced coffee from the bagel place on the corner.
I’m extremely sad to be leaving my family again but I know this is the right move for me, at this time. Last August was the start of a new chapter. An incredible one. And I didn’t know it would be cut short. But this August, I’m finally turning the page on the next one — and I’m so excited to see what’s in store. Will you join me in capturing the sunshine this month? ☀️