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Happy Anniversary, New York

This week marked the 1 year anniversary of my move to New York from San Francisco. I am moving into a new apartment at the end of the week so I spent my Saturday packing boxes and trying to watch everything on my DVR before I send it back to Verizon. While I packed, I couldn't help revisit this last year in my head and I'll admit that it made me wax just a little nostalgic.

I learned a lot about myself in this apartment. I faced a very big city with nothing more than a few (thousand) online friends and a great job and it didn't kill me. There were many times when I thought it would.

It took me a long time to be able to say this but I think I'm finally ready: I'm so glad I came here! It actually seems to have been the right thing. Funny how life makes you step to the edge of what you think you can handle before you realize that you may just be heading in the right direction.

It is so great to communicate with all of you who read my blog, Facebook page, and Twitters but at the end of the day, it is still just me and a glass of wine in this small studio apartment. It has been scary. I hit many speed bumps and made some decisions that I wish I had approached differently. But if I am feeling sad or alone, I always know that I can reach out online and find someone somewhere who is willing to be supportive in one way or another. If you are reading this, you are one of those people. So thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Who knew that something with such a stupid name as Twitter could be so sustaining?

Now back to my packing. To add some levity to this post, here is a working list of things I cannot for the life of me remember why I packed from San Francisco to New York. These things will not be moving into my new apartment:

  1. A burka I bought in Dubai. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I bought it in the first place. A friend pointed out that I might want to keep it in case we lose the war on terror. I think I'll chance it. It goes.

  2. The first season of Nip/Tuck. I used to watch this terrible show. I'm embarrassed to admit that.

  3. A Rachael Ray cookbook. It was a gift from an ex-boyfriend, four boyfriends removed.

  4. Stretch mark cream. I swear I didn't buy this. It was in a gift bag at a sample sale I went to 2 years ago.

  5. A three-ring binder punch. I don't see myself needing a three-ring binder any time soon.

I'm sure there will be more.

Reader Comments (42)

Okay, so now I'm really curious to know what you find so terrible about Nip/Tuck?

My girlfriend loves the show. Maybe its the vanity of it.

If we do lose the war on terror, I'm sure all of our favorite designers will have burkas out the following season.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Congrats on that first year in New York. I'm sure you will always be a success because you are good at what you do and your niceness always shows.
The Princess of Digital can NOT be seen with a 3 hole punch. Get rid of it!
Best of luck in your 2nd year in NY.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (Toydriver)

Just make sure to burn the Rachel Ray cookbook. Nothing but badness can come from that thing.

I am shuddering at the thought of hearing "De-lish" from Rachel Ray now.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJJT

Congrats on making it a year! I'm sure it wasn't east, but most good things in this world aren't. Keep up the good work!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPj_iPhone

Great post. I love both cities and each can be intimidating in its own way. Sometimes we will not know until we step out what is meant for did that - BRAVO! Great being affiliated with you! Thanks for sharing your heart and mind on this post. Enjoy the Big APPLE - would love to live there myself!

Eric Dye ~ Brazil

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric Dye

Nice Read !

I thought it was required for everyone to have at least one "three-ring binder punch" per house hold ?
Yep - Just found mine in my desk drawer.


January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShane Goode

Glad to hear you are happy in NYC now, you did not sound like a happy camper when you first moved there.
One thing for sure, it was great for your career!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTop Posts «

We make daily choices....some cause pain for ourselves and others. Hopefully you'll be happy with the ones you make in 2009.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Just wanted to say congrats on your one year move. With your smile and personality the sky's the limit. Do you happen to have a clone who lives down South :) Look forward to reading more of your blogs.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLOS

Nip/Tuck rules, don't ever stop watching it.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdjs1w

Why you hate nip/tuck?, it's a great show, If you don't want it any more you can give it to me I don't have seasons 1, lol

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Hernandez

Well that's how life is, I have just make a year living with my girlfriend and as things get serious, changes too, so I'm giving away my all-time single bed, and now we own a double bed.

Life is full of changes, always give your best face, and good things will come!


January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariano Renteria

As soon as you get rid of the Burka, that's when you'll suddenly need one. Isn't that ALWAYS how it goes?

But if you are serious about dumping it, you could put it on E-Bay. Describe it as; "Dubai Burka. Worn once. Never beaten or stoned in it."

Just don't throw it out. That would be a waste. ;-P

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon M.

Good luck with your move natali into a bigger place.It nice to see a new post on your blog,it's been awhile.It's always nice to know that your surviving NY. Enjoy your big move,can't wait to see you next week on loaded. AKA Double guns Loaded. Robert

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Lindsay

I'm sitting the Grove right now (going to Tom's bday party at the Saddlerack tonight) and I almost spit out my Jasmine green tea when I read #1. You are so funny I can't handle it. :)

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathalee

Nip / Tuck: as guilty pleasures go, this is one of the ones best tucked into the closet. (My closet has double dead-bolts on it. And Nip / Tuck inside.)

I've never been able to understand how people keep cookbooks from an ex. It's like keeping their shampoo or something: if you cook anything in there it tastes like sentiment. Or nostalgia. Or a cold vendetta.

Maybe that's just me...

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJameson

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