Let me get straight to the point with this blog post. Sunday marked my 1 year of living in New York City, and quite frankly, I would have never made it without a handful of people. I’ve ‘lived’ in Flatbush, the Upper West Side, Green Point, Bushwick, Soho, Maspeth, the Lower East Side, and soon to be Williamsburg. This has not been an easy road, trust me. I signed a lease on Monday night with two awesome people, and I’m ready for a more stable “year 2″.
I’m definitely not here for good, but I am here for a little while. I owe it all to a long list of friends, family, supporters and strangers, and I feel as though I should write a blog post to send my thanks. This is about to be super cheesy and you’re probably going to think I’m crazy for getting this serious about the people I’m thanking, but whatever. Suck it. Also, there is an annoying amount of superlatives and adjectives below. Just try and ignore that.
First and most importantly, I want to thank my parents and family for making believe that I could do anything I wanted. I know moving to NYC isn’t insane, but it’s certainly never something I thought I was capable of. And I know you both miss(ed) me so much, it has been hard for you to be supportive. I appreciate everything you’ve done, all the money you’ve loaned me without question, and the hours of phone calls you’ve given me when I’m homesick. If it wasn’t for your support, I would have never made this a reality, so thank you so so much. I cannot wait until you’re finally able to come visit me!
Next, I want to thank Niki Rudolph, for being an absolutely amazing mentor, friend, and advisor throughout college. Without your help and advice, I would have never figured out my major, studied abroad, or moved to a city like NYC. Thanks for being a kickass advisor, and helping so many lost students through their toughest of times. You’ll always be one of the most influential people I’ve ever met.
Laura Schmidt, you’re the #1 reason I’m here. I was so lost post college, struggling to find a job, and with the idea of living back at home. It sound super lame, but literally, you’re tweet is the only reason I’ve moved here, the reason I found a job I love, and the reason I was able to make the move to NYC. I know you didn’t end up coming with me, but I think about you every week as the #1 reason I’m here. Thank you!
The number two most important reason I made it a whole year in this daunting city, is because I had one of my very best friends with me the first 6 months. Haylie, you’re an amazing friend and I miss you every day. Listening to garbage music, going to brunch (or cooking our own), going to State games, and doing all kinds of random crazy things were some of the best times I’ve had in the city. I miss you every single day, and wish so badly you hadn’t left!
Liz, thanks for letting us crash at your house for 4 days in the ghetto. Even though it was just about in the middle of nowhere, and probably the worst neighborhood to move to for two scared girls, it was the grounding we needed to get on track. And we ended up thinking it wasn’t all that bad :).
Robert, I want to thank you everyday, because it was because of you we stayed in NYC. Literally, the only reason. Had you not let us pay you weekly (instead of the whole month up front), we would have been broke and jobless and moved home immediately. And then beyond that, when we were homeless for a day and you let us move all of our things into your new one bedroom apartment, you were a complete godsend. I hate that we haven’t really spoken since we all moved back in November, but I am so thankful for your kindness and wish the best for you always.
Mark, thanks for giving Haylie and I our first city internship. I know I left so soon into working at CreativeWorx to start working at WeWork, but I am truly thankful that I got to work with you. The internship was a great stepping stone that gave me a chance to get to know the city, and go to and from work with my best friend daily. This was definitely a rare opportunity, and a blessing.
Valerie, thanks for liking my quirky email enough to get me an interview at WeWork. I look through the email chain every so often, and laugh about how it literally took me 5 interview set up and cancellations with Megan to get some time with Adam. I am eternally thankful that I was finally able to meet with him, and that you pushed them to give me a shot. Beyond that, thank you for always supporting me and pushing for me at work whenever I needed it. And even more importantly, thank you for being one of my closest friends. It’s such a relief to know you’re always there!
Chris, I have to thank you for (always) giving me an opportunity for growth in this company. Thanks for recognizing potential even I don’t always see, and making me feel supported and appreciated as your employee.
Patrick and Becca, thank you for giving Haylie and I a place to stay with awesome roommates. We knew that your only goal was to show us a good time in the city and make us feel comfortable. You were both always so sweet, and I’m so lucky to have gotten such an excellent Brooklyn experience with you.
Joseph, thank you for being my very best friend and giving me a place to live (twice) when Haylie left and I felt totally alone. I know that things have not always been easy, and I’m sorry if I’ve ever made you feel unappreciated, but you’re the only reason I was able to survive here without my closest friends and family. I know it has been a lot of pressure for an 18 year old dude, but having someone I could call my best friend, in a place I couldn’t call home, made all the difference. With all of the different friendships I’ve had, I can honestly say that yours has been one of the truest and most fun. Thank you!
Stella and Jeremiah, thanks for absolutely everything. You’re both wonderful and so amazing, and so incredibly fun. Stella, thanks for picking me up (literally and figuratively), reminding me to ‘pretend’ and getting endless dinners with me. Jeremiah, thanks for reppin’ the mitten with me, making up ridiculous stories, and laughing until we cry. You guys are both awesome, and make my day-to-day life a thousand times better.
Alex and Lauren, I am so psyched to start my next chapter of NYC with you. Finally settling in to an apartment with friends is going to be the most gratifying experience yet. I’ve already had an amazing time with you guys, and feel like my life is more ‘real’ and that I’m more ‘me’ when I’m with you. I can already tell this is going to be such a great year, so thanks for being my future roommates! :D
Jeannine, Alex and Amanda, I cannot thank you enough for talking me through the hardest times, and listening to the best of times. Being away from you guys for this long has been frightening and terrible, and I wonder how I am still alive without my best friends. You guys are all awesome and wonderful and I’m so happy and proud of what you’re doing, your relationships, your lives. I am eternally lucky and blessed to call you guys my best friends.
And last, I want to thank a handful of people who made this a reality for me, by offering their support, love, guidance, patience, or kindness: Paul Jaques, Doug Abeles, Nate Erickson, Sara Buys, Shane Schleger, Ashley Benson, Holly Eubanks, and My WeWork family, especially Matt and Jesse, Tracy, Megan, Suzanne, Fraser, Carlos, Jose, Avital, Jered, Ari and more.
I know I elaborated on and on about how I couldn’t have made it without any of these people, but it’s absolutely true. There are some people that dream of moving to a big city since they’re little, and have no doubt that they’ll make it. I was never one of those people. I had a hard time moving away to college, and I was positive that I’d NEVER study abroad. Somehow I did, and ended up being a nomad in East Lansing, Brighton, Texas, and Italy again. Pushing the limits led me to a weird state of “what else can I do…”
Without all the moving parts and support from everyone listed above, I can guarantee that I would not be in the same place today. I wonder literally weekly how I am still here, and what horrible situation is going to break me, or send me home. I know it’s not luck. I genuinely have met (and already know) the kindest and most amazing people on earth, in this huge city. Thank you all.