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View From new apartment in LIC

I just moved to Long Island City with Justin, because I needed a change in my living situation. I was living with my two sisters, my sisters on- again -off- again girlfriend and one of my good friends. There were 5 of us all in one manhattan apartment. At times it was very exciting but other times very hectic.  I had to get out of there! If you could only see the view from the new place in LIC, it is breath taking!  The skyline picture at the top is the view but it doesn’t even do it justice. When I look at the beautiful city of Manhattan I can’t help but remember how I got here.

In August 2008 I left my small town in Indiana to embark upon a journey of a lifetime in NYC! I didn’t know then, exactly why I went, or what the great city would have in store for me. I know now that it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  My sisters had been planning to go to the city.I had not considered it an option for me. Until one day while listening to one of my favorite songs, Vienna by Billy Joel with tears rolling down my face it just hit me that I had to go to NYC.

It hasn’t been a smoothe ride, and at times it has been a bit overwhelming.  I came to the city with no job and no degree. The job searching seemed endless and to top it off I had to re-etablish all of my healthcare with doctors up here.  The first couple of months were hard but I found a good job and had great luck finding wonderful healthcare. Even with all of the hard times, the experiences I’ve gained and the people I’ve met have changed my life forever.  I have gotten to see the Rocketts at Christmas time, taken an acting class in times square, ate Valentines day dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. I have seen them blow up the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade balloons I took walks in Central park and watched the leaves change and then fall.  I met  Justin and can’t imagine the city without him. So I have done and seen things I never would have dreamed possible.  Sometimes change and taking risks can be scary, often times it is daunting but most of the time it’s worth it.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the movement there is life and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen