In 2012, I moved to New York City after finishing classes for a Master’s program in Indiana. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I’d been to New York City once before, but had never really considered living in the city full time.
While still in school, I envisioned moving to Chicago or Austin for a few years- experiencing city life, but at a smaller scale.
In truth, I only considered interviewing in New York because I knew the marketing agency landscape was promising. The city itself was somewhere I never really saw myself curating a life.
After accepting a job offer to move to New York, I rationalized I’d stay here for one, or two, years max. And then, something I hadn’t expected happened- I fell in love with New York.
All these years later, I look around me while walking down the street and feel amazed. There’s only one word I can think of that summarizes all these years in the big apple: grateful.
Yesterday, I moved to the U.K. for a work opportunity, and while I’m so excited to dig in and start building a life here, New York has left a hole in my heart I didn’t see coming.
Culling down my favorite photos from years of living in this energetic and exciting, yet challenging, city was difficult, but these photos represent the things I love most about life here.