Wow. It’s been a month since my last post on the blog. I can’t remember the last time I took this long of a break from this website.
Part of me feels very guilty about that. Part of me feels refreshed. Part of me wants to keep taking a break.
But at the end of the day, this website is a product of something I created. While breaks are good and necessary, there’s something that made me want to come back to this little space and connect with you again. I feel like so much has happened over the last month, so I wanted to write a little bit of a longer post to chat with you!
work, work, work
Work has been insanely busy. Just when we think it’s a slow week, something urgent pops up. Always the case, right?! I’m really focused on learning my business and excelling in my career, so that was definitely a major reason of why I took a little break from the blog. Sometimes I’d have a few hours a day to just sit and write, but now I’m pretty much working nonstop throughout the day. When it comes time to shut my laptop, I don’t feel like opening it back up to try to be creative.
But here I am, missing the creative outlet this website gives me. So…clearly they always come back;)
on the personal front
Just when I thought I’d be taking a little 1-2 week break, my family lost my grandmother. To be honest, I’ve never really lost anyone SUPER close to me in my adult years. A lot of my family members passed before I was born or when I was too young to really feel. So this definitely hit hard. My grandmother lived till she was 98 years old. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids more than ANYTHING. She still had all of her marbles, still yelled at me for wearing ripped jeans, and knew how to work a smartphone (for the most part). I’ll really cherish the last days I had with her. She was staying at my parents’ house, and we went over to have her FAVORITE dinner — seafood. She LOVED raw clams, and I LOVED watching her enjoy them. We watched Jeopardy. We talked. We listened to her tell stories that she already told us, but we didn’t care. Two days later, she made FIFTY MEATBALLS. And four days later, we lost her.
Easter was the 1st holiday without her, and while it was tough, it was nice to reminisce with my family. Of course, it’s so sad to be without her, but 98 years old is just IMPRESSIVE as hell. I’m so happy she gets to be with my grandpa, my uncle John, and her parents (they also lived till they were in their 90s!!!).
Hmm, what else on a personal level? Well…my best friend introduced me to one of her friends. And we hit it off. You know when you just want to spend time with someone because they make you happy? Well that’s how I’ve been feeling over the last two months. I really swore off relationships for a while, but I was open to dating. So that’s what I did. And then I was introduced to this guy. That’s where we’re at now;)
I FINALLY have my own apartment in New York City. Over the last year and a half, I’ve been ALL over the place. I went from my parents’ to my sister’s to my ex-boyfriend’s during COVID. I never felt like I had a place that was really mine. In early February, I started really looking at apartments. I dragged my friend Erica all over the place – I wasn’t in a rush, but it was definitely annoying to keep doing the whole apartment search thing. I had found a really great 1 bedroom, but unfortunately, someone beat me to the application. I searched for another few weeks, and was kind of getting overwhelmed/over it. I was in no rush to move, but it was definitely annoying to go look at apartments that just weren’t for me. I had found an apartment on the Upper East Side and asked the realtor to send me a video. I absolutely LOVED it, and actually decided to put in an application immediately…sight unseen.
I ended up getting approved within a few days, and then was able to go into the city on the weekend to see it — I fell IN LOVE. My new place is a spacious studio apartment (but two separate rooms), an updated kitchen, nice bathroom, and something I’m just EXTREMELY excited about. I’m familiar with the area, and I’m excited that this space is all mine. There’s still a bit more I want to do with my apartment in terms of decorating, but for the most part, she feels like home already!!!