Friday, May 27, 2011

I Left My Heart in New York

So we're counting down the final hours now.  I will be leaving fabulous NYC Sunday morning and I'm completely overwhelmed with emotions.  For one, I am incredibly excited to move to a new city, San Francisco.  I've always dreamed of living there since my first visit back in college.  I love that there are so many exciting things nearby to experience, the wine country, beaches to south, and mountains to the east.  The architecture, the food, the views, San Francisco has so much to offer me.  Not to mention, a handsome boyfriend that will be picking me up from the airport June 6th to experience all of it with.  We haven't seen each other in over a month.  It will be such a great feeling knowing that he won't be dropping me back off at the airport a few days later.  I get to stay!  And we will no longer be long distance, how fun but also how scary, it's a big step for us!  And one we haven't taken lightly.  Lots and lots of long talks have finally led up to this and I know now, this is absolutely the best decision for me and "us."

Even though I'm sure of my decision, that doesn't make leaving New York easy.  I've come to discover after almost 5 years of living here, that New Yorkers actually develop a relationship with the city.  I'm not sure that exists in other places, I hope so.  In a way, I expect this move to feel similar to a break up. I'll certainly miss all of our favorite places and of course all of the friends I've made through this relationship.  Last night I met my friend Kate down at Shake Shack for drinks and burgers, followed by gelato and gourmet "shopping" at Eataly.  I feel so lucky to have met Kate.  She and I get along like we've known each other for years and we met, of all places, right here!  Through blogging and commenting on each others blogs, we developed a friendship that I know will last the distance.  We can both agree that we met for a reason, and it is somewhat sad that we only just cultivated this friendship in January.  I hope you'll check out her post here, she has a better way with words than me :)  She also has a much better camera, see!

Shroom burgers and fries, whoa!
 The charming lights as the city enters dusk.
 The hazelnut gelato is that good!
 I came straight from work, please don't judge my "corporate wear." 
(Which I hopefully won't be seeing much of in SF!) 

So this will be my last post written from New York.  Of course I'll keep up the blog in SF, and I hope you'll keep following me as I know I'll be able to share some fun adventures! I've hesitated to write this post because there's so much I want to say that I really didn't know how to type out.  My heart is so full and heavy and happy.  I am proud of myself for moving here in September 2006, not knowing anyone, no job, and moving into an apartment I had never seen.  It was a leap of faith I guess and I know that's exactly what I'm about to do again.  To summarize, buying a one-way ticket to San Francisco was nerve-wracking and scary, but I have the comfort of knowing that if I can do it once, I can do it again.

Signing off New York, let's not think of this as a break-up, but a "break."  I'll visit you hella soon.


Katelyn said...

Kate has the East Coast and you have the West Coast now!! Great post Sloan!

Vanessa said...

This was so great to read. I'm the same exact position as you, except for the fact that I am moving to New York just as you are leaving. I'm moving back to the States from Sweden, and will also be moving in with my boyfriend. Talk about parallel lives :-)
I hope you'll love San Francisco just as much as you love New York, it's an amazing city!
Good luck, can't wait to see how it goes!

Punctuation Mark said...

wonderful post! i love the sake shack!!

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

changes comes with their pros and cons. I am sure you will miss NYC terribly some days :) but fall in love with San Fran as well!