Holy macaroni. As of today, I have officially lived in NYC for 5 years. Guys, that's half a decade, say whattt?! While it certainly wasn't my intention to stay this long when I first packed my bags.. I'm still here!
5 years ago I was just a bright-eyed 21 year old willing to take a chance on the unknown. I've come along way since then (as most twenty-somethings do in 5 years) and hitting this milestone is quite the point of reflection for me.
Over the last 5 years I've both loved and hated the city at times. I've pushed my limits and then pushed them some more both professional and personally. I've explored and appreciated all of the things the city has to offer while also realizing there's much to explore. I've been lucky in love and have met new lifelong friends who have made enjoying the city so much more fun. This city has pushed me past my boundaries and opened my mind to ideas and ambitions I never even knew I had. Being so far from family has been something I've struggled with year-after-year but it has forced me to really take on the "I'll figure it out" mentality.
The last year has especially been a monumental one for me. One of some growing pains but one that has been preparing me for my next chapter and I'm excited for what that chapter holds. So thank you New York and all of the amazing people who have supported me along the way to make it to this milestone. I couldn't have made it here without all of your love <3.