A Farewell to Chicago

I’m not sure how to break the news, so I’ll just dive right in…

I have officially decided to move to New York City!

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It’s literally a dream come true on so many levels. The first level being that I would have never imagined having the opportunity to join such a sharp, passionate and kick ass team at Droga5. It’s been my agency crush ever since I entered the ad world. As a writer and quite frankly a chatterbox, it is very rare that I am at a loss of words. But here I am, speechless by this chance I’ve been given.

Another reason why this is – let’s be honest – the best thing that has ever happened to me is because I finally get to be in the same city as A! We’ve only been talking about this for the past four years and finally, it’s happening! I am so lucky to have her as my #1 person (she is my self-proclaimed lucky star), I would be crazy not to try my best to be with her. For years people have been telling me, “You two need to be in the same place – you’re always happier together,” and it is entirely true. I’m also thrilled to be joining a few of my favorite ladies – K, S & S. Is anything really better than taking on (what some call) the greatest city in the world with some of your oldest friends?

To be completely honest, the opportunity couldn’t have come knocking (well, it didn’t really knock – I sort of chased it down and tackled it) at a better time. Over the past few months I’ve slowly been uncovering more and more truths about myself that I failed to realize for the first 22 years of my life. It’s hard to face these truths, and it’s even harder to share them, but A and I have always wanted to be honest and real here, so here goes. I realized that never in my life have I made a decision based solely off of what I want. There has always been at least one person influencing my biggest life decisions. I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a bad thing. But I can say that it’s tolling to constantly be working for others. I’ll admit it – I sometimes focus so much on other people that I completely lose myself. I’m so lost that I can’t even begin to tell you who I am. And it seems like there is no place better than New York City to discover yourself.

There are many reasons why this move felt right to me. But the biggest one of them all is that it is completely for me. I had an idea and I pursued it. There’s a thought I like to recite to myself these days – I want you to rediscover yourself in the absence of all those that have defined you. This is incredible and something we don’t consider frequently. At this moment, I don’t think there is anything more important than understanding your past, present, and future self outside of external influences.

So – all of that being said, I am currently wrapping things up in the city that has given me so much. Chicago has seen me grow from a young girl of 15 to an independent adult. It’s given me lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories (and many other cliche emotional things).

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But now doesn’t feel like the time for comfort and settling, now feels like the time to experience.

The move is right around the corner – less than two weeks until I hop on that one-way flight! I promise to try my best to keep you all updated on the move and my transition into becoming a New Yorker!

Lots and lots of love,

K

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