(wish I actually had a dog…borrowed his cutie from a dog walker!)

(wish I actually had a dog…borrowed his cutie from a dog walker!)

Dear New York,

Today we celebrate the best 4 years of our lives.

4 years ago we packed up and sold most everything we had back in Utah. Home, cars, furniture and many clothes!! Stuffed everything into a small SUV and drove towards your lights. To be honest there was a part of me that was completely terrified. It was the first time I had ever really moved far from my family, there was no job lined up for us and I had no idea what was in store. All I knew was that I loved you and the 3 months we had the summer before. I knew I had to come back to you. 

Fast forward to today…and I love you more than I thought possible. I was able to work and learn from some of the city's (actually the world's) best interior designers. Working a humbling catering job when I needed the extra money- thank goodness I did because some of my best New York memories happened there…like getting black listed from a very high profiled political organization!  I now have a dream job working as the Visual Director for an amazing shoe designer…where I can grow my creativity daily. Best part of that job is my co-workers, who are like my family and one of my best friends works by my side. We've had two apartments (aka shoe boxes) that I designed to make feel my own. I've learned that a person doesn't need that much space to live (except I need a big closet…!!). I have traveled the world thanks to the hub's awesome JetBlue job. Met strangers who have become life long friends and people who have inspired me to do more.

It hasn't always been easy…I've met jerks along the way who made me cringe. Being far from family during crises, 1 tornado, 1 earthquake, 2 hurricanes and did I mention I have been living in shoe boxes?! There are plenty of days when I'm smashed inside a subway missing the freedom of my own car. Throwing up inside of taxi cabs because I suffer from car sickness. Oh…and there was that one holiday season where I was attacked on the subway by a crazy person. 

But…the thing I have loved most about the last 4 years together, you have taught me to have no fear and to fight for what I want. You have taught me to only be myself and never be ashamed of what I believe in. You have brought some amazing people into my life. You've given me opportunities I never thought would be possible. You make me feel alive and I find inspiration and beauty almost everywhere I look. I have grown into the woman I am today with your help. I never dreamed we'd end up together…but somehow it happened and it has been the best 4 years of my life.

New York. I love you.