This Next Chapter Of My Life


As usual, this past June I received my apartment renewal lease in the mail. Now most every year (because I've been a longstanding tenant for 15 years), my rent increases have been minimal; therefore I know I've been fortunate. However, over the past 4-5 years there have been some major inconveniences in my apartment building, such as: getting stuck in an elevator for an hour because the leasing company refused to replace the ancient elevators; the water being turned off several times a month because the water pipes keep breaking in need of repairs; constant false fire alarms because the fire alarm system is old and outdated; frequently broken washers and dryers in the basement, which makes doing laundry frustrating because many of them don't work. The maintenance department in this apartment building is horrendous. Allow me to add here that Philadelphia is a blue-collar city with very strong unions that favor and protect the worker. To get anything done in this city takes FOREVER because union workers know that the longer they take, the more money they make. So they take their sweet old time; not caring how long you have to wait.

So to say the least, I was not at all happy when I read my new lease and saw how steep my rent would be increasing, considering how poor and deficient the maintenance has been. So I went down to the apartment managers office one afternoon to see if they could do something about reducing my rent in September and he said no, but they would be willing to offer me a two-year lease at the increased price so that my rent would be stabilized for two years. Without even thinking, I laughed and said, "No thank you, I won't be living here in two years.", and then walked out of his office.

Boy, was I PISSED. In fact, that same night after dinner when I took my walk, I was steaming mad. But then something dawned on me as I literally heard a voice inside my head say, "Stay calm, and use this next year to actively plan and pursue moving out of Philadelphia. It's time." And then all of a sudden a feeling of peace came over me and I was no longer angry because I could sense that everything was happening as it should. In hindsight, I needed this rent increase to finally motivate me enough to get my ass out of this city and back to the place where I need to be - New York City.

And please know that what's been going on with my apartment building and the rent increase are not the only things that make me want to move out of Philadelphia, it's due to many things that have accumulated over time.

You see, I haven't fully expressed how I've always felt about Philadelphia to you guys and gals because I don't like senselessly complaining about an issue until I can do something to change it. I won't go into everything right now, I'll save that for later posts during this next year.

Let's just say that even though I am a native of this city, I have never, ever felt like I belonged here. The consciousness of Philadelphia and my own consciousness are as different as oil and water. Yet, throughout these past 15 years, I have tried to focus on the things I like, such as the exquisite architecture and rich American history. But I'm at a point where I can't do that anymore, I need to just leave and move on because I am no longer inspired, nor have the slightest desire to live here.

I've been very open and transparent with my job in telling them during my review last month that my wish is to leave Philadelphia and transfer with the company to New York, and they were very supportive of my decision. They don't want to lose me, but they also don't want to stand in the way of doing what I think is best for me or my happiness. They've even offered to help me find a store in New York, which I think was extremely kind and unselfish of them.

In conclusion:

As I've shared with you many times before, my physical body may have been born in Philadelphia, however, my soul was born in New York on the very first day that I ever visited, when I was only 14 years old.

It was at that exact moment New York City became my home.

Now that I'm in my early 60's and feel that I have so much more to experience, I've decided that I want this next chapter of my life to be lived in a place where I have always felt the most alive; the most creative; the most connected.

Do I expect my life in New York to be perfect and smooth-sailing? No, of course not.

Do I realize that New York is extremely expensive and will have challenges? Yes, most definitely.

But do you know what? I don't care. I'm willing to deal with those challenges because of what New York City has always offered me.

Inspiration.

Passion.

Diversity.

Energy.

Growth.

And the belief that anything is possible.

I love you, New York. 💗

See ya soon!


Have a faaaaaaaabulous week, everyone!
X


43 comments

  1. What a passionate and heartfelt post, Ron! I've not known you long but can tell from reading the posts you've shared of New York that your heart is there. I applaud you for following your heart and desires and making the decision to spend the next chapter of your life there. I can't wait to read more about your journey.

    All the best to you, Ron!

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  2. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comAugust 08, 2017

    How exciting! And how brave of you to make the move... especially seeing how expensive NYC can be. I've got a friend who retired from her job in Philly and made the move to Brooklyn. And she loves it! Can't wait to hear more about your move. And nice that your job will help you as moving to NYC with a job already in place must be helpful.... Good luck my friend! <3

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  3. Ron! I am THRILLED for you!! I know how much you have talked about NYC and how much you love being there...how it has always inspired you. You have always been very passionate when talking about New York. SO glad that you have reached a decision that will make you happy my friend! I can't wait to share this journey with you here on the blog! Looking forward to this next set of posts...
    Hope all is well with you! We have had a lot of company and with gaining a couple of new family members...it has been CRAZY around here and I haven't been able to keep up...even though I am trying! Best to you!! Xo Jeanne, Chloe, Juliet & Romeo

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  4. Oh I do admire you, Ron. I know how much you love New York and bravo you for taking the plunge to go live there. Of course, I'm a teeny bit jealous too, and I don't even live in your country! Moving there will be like a dream come true and my feeling is that life will be exciting once the move takes place. The coming year will feel like it's dragging but think of all the plans you can make in that time. Good luck, my dear friend, and ENJOY. Ooooo, I'm off now to do a bit of sulking (((hugs)))

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  5. Ron, I am so happy for you! I have noticed a change in your posts the last few years and could tell you either were not happy or you lost your zeal for life. What a difficult decision you had to make, but I'm glad that you felt peace immediately upon making it. We are at that age where we just need to take chances. Not everything will be perfect, but you are following your dream, and that's more than most people do! XO.....can't wait to follow your adventures!

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  6. Hey there Candice!

    Thank you :) Yes, it's time for me to make this move. I've been wanting to move back to NYC for MANY years. I needed this rent increase and all the frustrations I've been feeling about Philadelphia to finally make me do it.

    And I've got this next year to plan and prepare.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support, my friend. Have a super week!
    X

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  7. Thank you for your supportive word, Fiona!

    Happy to hear that your friend from Philly made the move to Brooklyn and loves it! When I lived in NYC, I lived in Manhattan. However, I know with how expensive rent is there, I will be looking for a place in either Brooklyn or Astoria, Queens. And if I do, the commute into Manhattan (where I will be working) is not bad at all.

    I look forward to this next year as I plan and prepare to move.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic week!
    X

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  8. Thank you, my friend :) I'm happy I finally made the decision to do what I've been wanting to do for a LONG time - get my ass back to NYC.

    "I have noticed a change in your posts the last few years and could tell you either were not happy or you lost your zeal for life. "

    You're absolutely right, my posts have changed the last few years. And much of that had to do with not wanting to share the frustration I was feeling, and my total lack of inspiration to post anything because I sincerely don't feel inspired in this city - to write about it or take pictures. I'm at a point in my life where I need a BIG change so that I feel inspired and juiced again.

    " We are at that age where we just need to take chances. Not everything will be perfect, but you are following your dream, and that's more than most people do!"

    LOVED that!

    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, my friend. Appreciate that!

    Have a fantabulous week!
    X

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  9. Hello there, Valerie!

    Thank you for your sweet and supportive words :)

    Yes, it's time to make the move I've been wanting to do for YEARS. For the past couple of years, I've been spending many of my days off in New York City because it's where I feel the most inspired. And every time I'm there I kept saying to myself, "This is where you need to be!"

    The timing is perfect right now because of my ridiculous rent increase and all the frustration I've been feeling about Philadelphia. It pushed me to finally make the decision to do it. And I am sooooooooooooo happy about that!

    I will be taking this next year to plan and prepare the move so that I can gradually do it without feeling panicked or rushed. I feel really positive about this change in my life.

    Thanks again for your encouragement, my friend. I really appreciate that!

    Have a lovely week!
    X

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  10. Helloooooooooo there Jeannne!

    Thank you :) Yup, I finally made the decision to move back to the city I LOVE. For the past couple of years, I've been spending much of my days off going to NYC because it's where I feel the most inspired. So why not just live there again, right?

    I'm fortunate to work for a company that has stores all throughout NY, so transferring will be easy.

    I'll be spending this next year planning and preparing my move so that I can take my time and do it gradually. I've even started to clear out some things in my apartment, so making moving easier.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're enjoying the summer! Gosh, can you believe it's already AUGUST?!? Can't wait for Fall!

    X to you, Chloe, Juliet & Romeo

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  11. Oh good for you, Ron! I am so happy for you, friend! As I was reading your passionate words I got tears in my eyes because of how much I know you love New York and are finally going back. YAY! I know New York is expensive, but thousands upon thousands of people live there and they make it, so can you! And you are perfect for NY because you've got the energy and drive to be there. I've always felt you were a natural-born New Yorker!

    I'm glad to hear that your company is willing to help you find a job in the city. That's awesome! I'm sure you're a great worker and they don't want to lose you, but better to transfer you with the company than lose you completely.

    I can't wait to hear all about your prep for moving to New York. This year will probably fly by with how busy you'll be getting ready.

    Congratulations of your decision, Ron! I'm ecstatic for you! X

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  12. Laurel ClarkAugust 08, 2017

    Congratulations Ron on making that hard yet obvious decision. I'm so like you about moving on. It's really hard and takes a mini bomb to go off to get me moving. I will pray you find a great place to live, I know you will be happy in NYC!

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  13. Ron, what an exciting time for you! I applaud you for looking at the big picture, seeing the possibilities, and grabbing hold of the challenge!

    "I'm willing to deal with those challenges because of what New York City has always offered me." You ROCK, my friend, and Good for you. I'm proud of you for not sitting back and settling for mediocre when *fabulous* lies just within your grasp!

    And you know, early 60s isn't a time to find a rocking chair. Did you see that old gal (age 105) who runs marathons?? Age is merely a number (and if you knew you only had a year or two left, wouldn't you want to live them where you feel most ALIVE?!?)

    You inspire me! I'm champing at the bit to leave the corn fields and find my own slice of heaven on earth. Problem is, I don't know where to go! Don't pity me, I'll find it. In the meantime, I'll be ever so glad to follow your journey and learn from you! xx

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  14. AWESOME, Ron!!

    As soon as I saw the title of this blog post, I knew what you were cooking up. And I have to say, good for you! Obviously Tara and I are seriously considering a major life change ourselves, so I wholeheartedly support the idea of following your dreams, even if that means cutting ties with the city where you were born and raised.

    It's been obvious for years that you belong in NYC.

    I'll be eagerly following along as you plan for your big move!

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  15. I am so excited for you! It is wonderful you are relocating to New York. I'll anxiously await your post regarding Philadelphia.

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  16. Hey Ron, You have always loved New York and this is a perfect opportunity to go where you always have wanted to be anyway, go with your gut my friend, it's going to be a good thing.

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  17. Hey there Jean!

    Thank you, my friend :) I've been wanting to make this mover for the longest time, and now it TIME.

    I'll be sharing some posts about Philly throughout this next year.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a terrific week!

    X

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  18. Hey there Pat!

    Ha! You're right, I've made it pretty darn clear that New York is my favorite place.

    I lived there for 5 years many years ago, but moved away because of my career. But it's time to move back to the place I've always considered "home."

    "You've got some planning to do, and I bet you'll have fun doing it."

    Yes, I've got some planning to do. And I'm glad I've got this next year (by the end of next August) to make it happen. I'll be taking many trips, back and forth, to the city to scope out store locations and places to live.

    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. Appreciate that.

    Have a fantastic week!!!!

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  19. Hiya Jimmy!

    "You have always loved New York and this is a perfect opportunity to go where you always have wanted to be anyway, go with your gut my friend,"

    Thank you, and you're right...go with my gut. I know they'll be challenges along the way, but I'm at a point where I''m willing to take on those challenges because I'll be back in my favorite city.

    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, my friend. Appreciate it!

    Have a fantastic week!

    X to you and Cindy

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  20. Hellooooooooo there Laurel!

    So great to see you, my friend! Because you were here a few years ago and I discussed my feelings about Philly, I know you understand why I need to move out and back to New York. I'm just so over Philadelphia, it's time to move out and move on.

    I needed this thing with my rent increase to happen to push me to the point of finally deciding to do something about it.

    "I will pray you find a great place to live, I know you will be happy in NYC!"

    Thank you! And thanks so much for your encouragement and support!

    ((((((((((( YOU ))))))))

    Say Hi to Florida for me!
    X

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  21. Hola Denise!

    Aw...thank you, girl! I also feel that I'm a native New Yorker!

    I'm so relieved that I finally made the decision to move back to NY, I feel so much better!

    "I know New York is expensive, but thousands upon thousands of people live there and they make it, so can you! "

    Yes.....you are absolutely right! Not everyone who lives in NY is rich, yet they still make it. I say that to people all the time who tell me not to move there because I'll never be able to afford it. Besides, I lived there before, I know how to make it work.

    The company I work for has been so supportive of my decision and are willing to help me find another store. I also have some other people looking out for me as well. I've been in this business a very long time and know people that know other people. It's a small world.

    "I can't wait to hear all about your prep for moving to New York. This year will probably fly by with how busy you'll be getting ready."

    Yup, it's gonna fly by fast because I'll be so busy getting ready.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate that!

    Have a FAB week!
    X

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  22. Hi Mark!

    "As soon as I saw the title of this blog post, I knew what you were cooking up."

    Ha! I had a feeling you would know what I meant by the title! Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned something in my comment on your post? I wanted to tell you more about it then, but decided to wait until I could do a whole post about it.

    And this is why I totally understand why and how much Tara and you want to make a change. There comes a time when you just gotta do it.

    "It's been obvious for years that you belong in NYC."

    HA! Did it show?

    Thanks so much for you support, encouragement and kind words, I really appreciate that. Looks like you and I will be making a major change this next year, hu?

    Have a faaaabulous week!

    X to you and Tara

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  23. Aw thank you so much, Debbie! Your kind words of support and encouragement are so greatly appreciated!

    I've been wanting to make this move for some time now, but didn't feel the time was right until just now.

    You're so right in using the words "settling for mediocre" because that's exactly what I feel like I was doing instead of going for the *fabulous* to where my heart was calling me.

    "And you know, early 60s isn't a time to find a rocking chair. "

    Damn right! In fact, I actually feel as though I have more energy and courage now, than I did when I was much younger.

    "Did you see that old gal (age 105) who runs marathons?? Age is merely a number (and if you knew you only had a year or two left, wouldn't you want to live them where you feel most ALIVE?!?)"

    LOVED that! And yes....I did see the gal of age 105 and runs marathons and was sooooo impressed by her strength and attitude. What an inspiration!

    No, I don't pity you at all because I KNOW you'll find your place. I just know you will! And I have a feeling with your book publishing, you'll be going on a wonderful adventure!

    Again, thanks so much for your wonderful support, my friend. I so greatly appreciate it!

    Have a super week!
    X

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  24. A big congratulations on your decision to make the move, Ron! I was so happy when I read this post because I know how much you love and admire New York and have always said it's the city in which you feel the BEST! Just from reading your posts throughout these years, I can tell it's where you belong.

    I really admire you for taking the plunge and doing it because I know how scary change can be. It scares the hell out of me, so your choice to do this has inspired me to make some changes in my own life.

    I'm anxious to hear all about your process this year.

    The best to you, Dude!

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  25. Hiya Matt!

    Thank you :) Yup, it's time for me to make the move, I can just feel it. It will have its challenges, but I'm at a point in my life where I don't care because my desire to be back in New York is stronger than any fear that I might have.

    Throughout my life, fear has been my biggest teacher. I fear many things, but I don't like being afraid so I make myself do the things I fear. Fear also shakes my life up and gets me going again. It's good to be afraid, but then walk through it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for you words of encouragement and support, buddy! I really appreciate it!

    Have a fabuloso week!
    X

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  26. Wow. That is a wonderfully written post about where your head and heart are right how. Yes, I believe you need to be in NYC since you love it so much. The description of the conditions of your apartment building sound atrocious and, for me, no amount of reduced rent would be worth the hassle. I have such mixed feelings about unions. I believe they were necessary years ago when employers were taking advantage of workers. But, it seems nowadays, they are just bully pulpits that pander to whatever politician will give them what they want. But I digress..........

    Go to NYC! Your heart and mind are already there, and have been so for years. I wish you all the best and can't wait to hear about the new Casa Ron! My only question is, "what took you so long?"! :-)

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  27. Hello Lisa!

    "The description of the conditions of your apartment building sound atrocious and, for me, no amount of reduced rent would be worth the hassle."

    You're right. And that's the point I finally got to. But instead of just moving to another residence, I decided it would be New York City.

    Here in Philly, unions have become a way for workers to take their time on jobs, so that they can get paid more. I once witnessed city workers (five men) take TWO WEEKS to paint a small section of a fence surrounding a city park. For two weeks I watched them take sit-down breaks, talk on their cell phones, drink soft drinks, eat food, and every so often they would take a few minutes to actually paint the fence. I kid you not.

    "My only question is, "what took you so long?"!

    Ha! Good question. Yet, I sincerely believe it wasn't time until NOW.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your well-wishes, my friend!

    Have a fantastic rest of your week!
    X

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  28. Ron, I have to chime in with your reader Lisa who said this is a wonderfully written post about where your heart and head are right now. You express yourself very well!

    As you know I'm a native New Yorker who now lives in Philly, who misses New York very much. So I understand your attraction and desire to move to New York, especially after knowing you through your blog and seeing how much you love my hometown. I can so see you living there. I've known many people in New York who were not born there but felt that it felt like home, just like you do. I don't think you have to be born there to understand and love New York. You either do or you don't.

    I am so happy about your decision to move back. You should be there. I have such a good feeling about things working out for you, Ron.

    You've got the spirit of a New Yorker. You'll do GREAT!

    Congratulations, Ron! And keep us posted on what's going on. X

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  29. Hellooooooo there Elaine!

    Thank you :) This was a post that just came out of me without even thinking. My thoughts and feeling just kinda flowed onto the page.

    "I've known many people in New York who were not born there but felt at home, just like you do. I don't think you have to be born there to understand and love New York. You either do or you don't."

    Exactly! New York is a city in which you instantly feel a connection, or you don't. And it's most definitely not a city where everyone could live. For me, it's a city where I feel the BEST. I LOVE that city!

    Thanks SO MUCH for your kind, supportive and encouraging words, neighbor. I will most definitely keep you guys updated on how the move goes. I want to document it on my blog so that I can one day look back and read it.

    Have a fantastic week!

    X

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  30. well i'm thrilled for you and jealous, but in a good way. you'll be even closer to me, so it's all good. i know NY will bring you much happiness and successes. wishing you nothing but what you deserve: the best!

    i loved my time in philly. it felt just like NY and i often had to remind myself that i was in Pa.

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  31. and if you need anything, i'm always a phone call away.

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  32. Hello there Val!

    Aw...thank you SO MUCH, my friend! When you and I met up in Philly a few weeks ago, you were one of the first people I told about my decision to move back to New York. As you know (because there is no one I know who loves NY the way I do as you) of my longtime wish to live there again. I know that YOU of all people understand.

    Yes, that's right...you and I will be even closer when I move there.

    I would love to go back to NY for a few visits with you before I move back next year because I so enjoy hanging out with you there.

    Thanks so much for your support, encouragement, and well-wishes! I really appreciate that!

    X

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  33. Ron, I forgot to mention in my first comment how much I loved this in particular, "And the belief that anything is possible." Wow!

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  34. That's exactly how New York make me feel, as if anything is possible. There is something magical about the energy of NYC!

    Thanks for stopping back, Candice!
    X

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  35. Having read your NY posts... that is definitely the city for you and it was only a matter of time before the energies started shifting so you could make the move. So very, very happy for you and this new chapter of life!!! It's wonderful that your company is supportive and willing to help you make the transition. In your field, many opportunities must be available!
    You know how much I adore Philadelphia.... however, that is probably because we don't live there. It's very different to visit and enjoy all those wonderful things like architecture, food, festivals, art, etc... and then come back to our home, vs. being there all the time. Now NYC seems to me like Philly on crack! LOL But that's the pace an outsider feels, not the groove one's soul feels, I know. I've never felt like I could leave NJ but haven't felt the pull of another place like you have with NYC. It's your destiny to go there! I do look forward to hearing all about it. Luckily, you have time to plan it out and make it be as close to perfect as possible! Best wishes always, neighbor... (still neighbors, you haven't gone yet! lol)

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  36. Hellooooooooooo there Mary!

    I love the way you said this because it's what I believe as well...

    "that is definitely the city for you and it was only a matter of time before the energies started shifting so you could make the move."

    You're right. I think if was just a matter of time before everything came together so I could make the move. I could sense the Universe telling me, "It's time...trust."

    " It's wonderful that your company is supportive and willing to help you make the transition. In your field, many opportunities must be available!"

    Wasn't that wonderful of them? They have several stores throughout the NYC area which I can apply to in the Spring of next year, right before I move there at the end of next summer. My apartment lease ends next August.

    "It's very different to visit and enjoy all those wonderful things like architecture, food, festivals, art, etc... and then come back to our home, vs. being there all the time. "

    Exactly. Everyone automatically LOVES Philly because of how charming it looks (I was too when I first moved back 15 years ago). But it's as you shared, you see things completely different after you're hear for awhile. One of my close, close friends (who is also a native Philadelphian) just recently moved out of Philly because she felt the same way as I do. She was over it.

    In as much as I love NYC it's not for everyone, so I can totally understand your feelings. It's is like being on crack, you're right. It's insane.

    I'm taking this year to scope things out (search area's to live and what I need to do to move there), which makes me feel relaxed about not having to be stressed out and in a hurry.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your support and encouragement, neighbor! Really appreciate that!

    Have a super weekend!
    X

    P.S. Even when I moved to NYC, we'll still be "neighbors" because New Jersey is right between Philadelphia and New York.

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  37. One of my daughters just moved to Brooklyn. She's been there 2 weeks, lives with a stranger she connected with online via some rental thingy (another girl her age, thank god) and loves it. Small town meets big city. The world is her oyster - yours, too. Go for it, have fun, live. She has no idea how inspiring I find her spirit, even though I tell her.

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  38. Hi Karen! Greetings...nice to meet you!

    I think it's AWESOME that you supported your daughters choice to move to Brooklyn. She's so fortunate to have you as her mother.

    My parents too, supported my choice to move to NYC at a very young age to pursue an acting career. I feel very blessed to have had parents who allowed me to spread my wings and do what my heart my called me to do. I have always been drawn to NYC. It's such an amazing city with so much to offer.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your comment. Stop by anytime!

    Have a great weekend!

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  39. Yup...my thoughts exactly, Elaine. It was also suggested to me by someone I know who lives in New York to investigate apartments in Washington Heights because she lives there and said that rent is not too bad.

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  40. Can you hear me screaming while I jump up and down holding a tissue under my nose!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    When I read this part, "Stay calm, and use this next year to actively plan and pursue moving out of Philadelphia. It's time." I literally got CHILLS. Then I read it a SECOND time and got chills again.

    You will NEVER regret this, EVER. There will be hard times but there will be JOYOUS times. You will be HOME. What a brave and amazing decision. It reminds me so much off my oldest. Ron, my surgery kid MOVED TO DENVER A WEEK AFTER MY SURGERY FOR COLLEGE. Denver Freaking CO! But I am the one who encouraged it. LIVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE CHANCES! FLY!!!!!!! Nothing happens in your life if you just stay put in neutral.

    And so, my dear, dear friend I say to YOU now...."LIVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE CHANCES! FLY!!!!!!!"

    I truly could not be happier for you. Spread those wings!

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  41. Hellooooooooooo there Katherine!

    It's SO GREAT to see ya, my friend! I just got your email about both your surgeries and was happy to read that all went well (oh, except for the horrendous pain you experienced after) and that you're recovering. I was thinking of you all last week, hoping everything was okay.

    Yes!!!!! Can you believe it? I FINALLY decided to move my ass back to New York and I am soooooooooooo happy. Next year at this time, I will be getting ready to go. I'm glad I have these next 12 months to plan and prepare my move.

    "You will NEVER regret this, EVER. There will be hard times but there will be JOYOUS times. You will be HOME. "

    You're so right. I realize that New York can be challenging about certain things, but I know I can deal with them because New York is one of those places that makes me realize that ANYTHING is possible!

    ""LIVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE CHANCES! FLY!!!!!!!"

    A-MEN!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement, support and wise words! THANK YOU!

    And it's great to see you back! You take care!

    ((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))
    X

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  42. Yay for you, Ron!!! I'm so happy to hear you are following your passion. Home has little to do with where you are born, in my opinion. It's the place that feels right to you, where you feel nurtured and, well - at home! I so look forward to hearing your plans for the move.

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  43. "Home has little to do with where you are born, in my opinion. It's the place that feels right to you, where you feel nurtured and, well - at home!"

    Amen! I couldn't have said it any better!

    I feel soooooooooooo happy about this decision and am looking forward to my next adventure!

    Thanks so much for your words of wisdom and support! I really appreciate that, my Libra friend!

    Have a faaaaaabulous week!
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