Three years ago I finished packing up all my stuff from my small apartment in Brooklyn and drove down with my love and my puppies to Delray Beach, Florida. I left the last 14 years of my New York City life behind. I didn’t know south Florida well, I had no friends who lived there and I had no idea where this decision would take me. But I knew I was ready. I loved New York City, but the hectic city lifestyle became too much for me and I needed a break. I longed for the calmer atmosphere, the sunshine, and the salty ocean on my skin. I needed something different that would allow me to grow fully into the person I had longed to become, but for whatever reason was not able to in the congested environment of New York City.
The beginnings were hard though. I felt lonely and missed quite a few things about the NYC life. I went from daily drink and coffee dates with my friends to very quiet evenings at home, where I ached for the lights and sounds of New York City streets. I questioned my decision and whether this was really the right move for me. But I persisted and three years later I must say that south Florida has become much more of a home for me than I initially expected. I’ve made new friends and started working at a new hospital that I very much like. I devoted myself fully to my photography, adapted a much more active lifestyle thanks to @ignaciosports, and even started dancing lessons with @fredastairedelraybeach
The change wasn’t easy at first and I definitely was nervous about transplanting
my entire life to the south corner of the country, but at the same time I feel that I had listened to my heart and it lead me precisely where I was supposed to go. Exactly three years ago, on my birthday as it is today, I closed on a home here in Florida and haven’t looked back since.
This is another proof for me that our hearts do not lie and always want what’s best for us. And that to be able to listen carefully to our hearts with all the courage and insight is a gift. Which I wish upon all of you today :) .