Moving away from your home is an emotional thing. There is no getting around that. As I am in my last few days as an Arizona resident, I have some reflections on taking this next step. Let's all try not to cry here... I'm talking to you Mom.
Phoenix shaped me for my future. I always thought that studying abroad was the turning point in my life, which it totally and completely was! But these past few years living in downtown Phoenix, holding down a few different jobs, and even starting my own business in Photography (who saw that coming 3 years ago??), have given me a clear (ish) picture of what my future will hold. I know what I want to do in life! If I can say that I at least have that figured out, I am in pretty good shape.
The friends I have made in Phoenix have made me feel supported, loved, and important. It's amazing what a wonderful compassionate group of friends can do for you. When crappy things happen, these amazing friends are what keep you afloat, and looking ahead rather than back. This year was full of those moments, but here I am still standing. Not only standing, I am dancing! I move to New York City in 4 days, so how can I not be dancing with joy?? It's all thanks to the amazing friends and supporters I have in my life (you all know who you are).
This move has not been the easiest choice for me to accept. Especially with friends and bosses begging you to stay. Especially when you finally start to make the right connections and attract the most amazing clients. Especially when this is your first time actually moving away, with no return date in sight. I always knew I would come home after Europe and College. but this is my first time actually uprooting and taking my life somewhere new permanently. But what has pushed me even more are the people who could not be more excited for me. Seeing their joy and support in my new chapter has kept me excited and not thinking about the things I will miss.
Don't get me wrong, I love it here and have loved being part of the Phoenix community. Phoenix will always hold a special place in my heart, but it's time for something new. It's time for me to take a risk and go big! I can't wait to see where this adventure takes me, and to share it all with you along with way!
I love you all and will of course always keep in touch. But I will also keep reminding how much you NEED to visit Brooklyn.