h o l y c r a p
Pardon me but trying to convey my thoughts into words feels close to impossible because never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself to be where I'm at today.
Let's rewind for a second and go back to last year today. I wrote an entire blog post previously on my thoughts GRADUATING and closing this big ol' chapter of my life THINKING I would be on track for a career in the entertainment industry. Then, I ditched all those thoughts and travelled across the world and wrote THIS blog post to close out the year. You can tell after reading both that I really, really tried my best to encourage myself and give lots of words of affirmation while I was in a very difficult post-grad rut.
Cut to February 2018. I literally packed my life into one suitcase (and a carry-on and a backpack) and hauled my booty to NYC completely jobless and barely over the 3 digit mark in my bank account. For this part of my life story, I filmed a video.
Now can you see why I started this vlog with two very not-so-PG words? I had literally ZERO indication that I would end up in what I'm beginning to call my new home (still need to get some plants though, then it'll feel more real lol). In retrospect, without all those rejections, what-if's, and dead ends, I would have never received the greatest opportunity of my lifetime thus far--moving to New York City. It has been a tough but incredibly rewarding journey. There have been lots of humbling moments like when I'd look at my dwindling bank account with no job lined up but knowing fully well that I had made the decision to be here and that that was not a choice I'd be giving up easily.
I have made some amazing friends already (shoutout to my beautiful Madewell fam!) and have been growing my communities which includes my new coworkers at my new, full-time job. Yes, yo gurl has a full-time job!!! It's been around 2 months and the working adult life has been surprisingly all that I had expected and then some. I'm so grateful that I have coworkers turned real-life friends and an environment that is made up of mostly women (go #GIRLBOSSES). I'm doing work that's related to what I love and although I still have a lot to learn, I'm simply so grateful for this opportunity.
Seriously cannot get over it ya'll. So much has happened in what feels like only a few weeks. Just goes to show how much life twists and turns despite all the set plans you may have for it. I don't know what other personal blog posts I'll provide you with throughout this year but if it's going to be anything like what I've posted in the past year then WOOHOO boy am I excited for what's to come.
If you made it this far down perhaps I can leave you with this: whenever you're feeling uncertain or rejected, know that where there's a will, there IS a way. OK, you've heard that many times before I'm sure but truly, sometimes you have to trust your gut and just go for it even if you're a type A(-ish) person like me. Who knows, maybe you'll end up in NY too!
Until next time,
P.S.- Here's a random little video I found on YT that can hopefully brighten up your day!