Drumroll please… ladies and gentlemen, I know that I have been a bit out of touch on here, but I would like to tell you something I’ve been dying to share for the last few months. I had to wait until a few key details were finalized before I could really spread the news, but now I am really excited to fill you in! Deep breath! Here goes! I am planning on moving to New York City on March 15th, 2013. Yes, I know that’s in about a month. And slightly crazy. And kinda…me.
I have been living in the Charlotte, North Carolina area since September of 2010 and it has been a wonderful place to be. I have become part of a sweet community and the thought of tearing my heart away from my family and friends here is very sad. Thankfully, CLT is a quick flight from NYC and I expect to be back to visit before too long.
My desire to live in and experience New York was ignited in a conversation with my Grandma Ellie after my Dad’s dad, Papa Bob, passed away two years ago this month. I spent a week with Grandma Ellie in Florida and she told me lots of stories about how she and Papa Bob met and their life in New York City. I remember talking to my friend Susan about it after I got back to Charlotte and she kept saying, “Take the deal.” My response was, “what deal?” Susan continued to say, “Take the deal, do it! Take the deal!” I went to the city last year with my friend Tiffany to visit and see if I liked it. I discovered that I loved New York and felt super comfortable and at home there. So, I am taking the deal and going on an adventure.
The immediate question I get from most people is, “What are you going to do there?” Well, I want to have fun, explore an incredible city, and connect with four generations of family history. I am planning on getting a radiology job and hopefully continuing with photography, Bright Ideas, music, and the other creative things I’ve been pursuing. I want to connect with creative, Jesus-loving, community there and see how much more of who I am created to be I can become in that wide open city.
I’m planning to sell my car and go all in on city life. I’d like to live in Brooklyn, where my Grandma grew up and my Dad was born. There are still many details to be worked out but I told God last July, after coming home from visiting NYC, that His surprises were better than my plans and that I would rest and let Him work it out. So far He has, in far more amazing ways than I ever could have imagined. I’m sure I will have more details to share on that later. For now, prayers would be appreciated! I’m excited!