I wasn’t prepared for how small NYC apartments are or the challenges of owning a very gorgeous and high-maintenance dog in the city. I finally decided to sell or give away everything I owned and I gave Lola to my best friend who is the BEST mom to her to this day. I moved to NYC with my entire life packed into about 7 moving boxes. I was the most successful I’d ever been and had the least I’d ever had. What was I doing??
Fast forward 3.5 years. I live in the most gorgeous studio in West Village. It’s a tiny 400 s.f. (maybe less?) and I love it. I have everything I need. I live in my dream neighborhood. Living on my dream street. I live across from the FRIENDS building. Does that make me Ugly Naked Guy??? Since moving to NYC I have found more inspiration and creativity than I ever knew I had within. This city has made me better. I dig deeper. Try harder. Say more. Hold back less. Care less. Give more. There’s something about giving up everything you have to find out who you really are.
In the past 2 years, in addition to loving my job as SVP of Brand at JPR (best company in the universe). I have started a blog, a podcast, given a TEDx Talk and started writing a novel. I’m the same girl who used to proudly state that I “didn’t get along with creative types.”
The message is this: listen to that voice. That voice that tells you to call someone, to send that email, to make that move, to try that thing. Listen. It’s not just your brain bouncing around ideas. It’s a powerful force that sees what’s beyond that risk it’s asking you to take. There’s magic there. You just can’t see it because you’re in the moment.