Thursday, December 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday: It's Two Years Since I Left NYC (And What a Ride it's Been)

Throwback Thursday, #TBT, leaving New York City, NYC, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, life, retrospective, retrospection, reflection
Two years ago today, I finished packing my bags and left New York City. As you can see from the screenshot of my Facebook post on that day above, I spent almost 12 years in the Big Apple.

I don't really need to get into my reasons for leaving NYC behind, since I did that here. I really don't even need to talk about how fabulous my first year in Pittsburgh was, since I did that here. But what I will say is this.


I've now left Pittsburgh behind as well and moved to the City of Angels. Yes, I'm an Angeleno now. (Well, aside from the fact that I still need to get my California driver's license, but that's happening soon, I promise.) Various circumstances contributed to my decision to leave the Burgh for warmer pastures -- and, honestly, the warm weather wasn't even the biggest contributing factor. A wealth of job opportunities, good friends and the promise of happier and healthier times awaited me in L.A.

That's not to say I didn't have some good times in Pittsburgh, too, because I did. I made some lifelong friends, had a -- shall we say, INTERESTING -- job experience, discovered more about myself than what I even thought I still could. And I'm grateful for all of that.

But what leaving NYC has really shown me, above all else, is that I can and will persevere no matter what obstacles and hurdles are thrown in my way. I won't settle for less than what I think I deserve -- in jobs, in relationships, in friendships, in apartments, in my life in general. I will work toward making my life what I want it to be and I will strive to accomplish that no matter what.

Two years ago, I never would have seen myself living in Los Angeles. I certainly wouldn't have thought I'd drive across the country to do it. But here I am, ready to end 2015 and start 2016 with a clear head and full heart.

So, thanks for the memories, NYC. And thanks for helping to shape me into the woman I have become. I can't wait to see what comes next.


  1. How wonderful that you've done so much in your young life! Good luck in your next chapter! I know you won't miss winter Back East ;)

  2. What a lovely post, Jamie! It is so interesting how these experiences shape who we become! I can't wait to meet you in person here in LA. Welcome, new Angelino, welcome!

  3. I think you are really brave to pick up and move cross country on your own. Most people would be a mess giving up their security but you are up to it. I hope it's your new forever place to be.

  4. I love this! It takes a lot to pack up and relocate like that, but it's also the only way to follow your heart and live your life for you.

  5. It's lovely to read this post.

  6. I'm so sad we didn't meet up while you were here =( bad time for me to have surgery with complications lol lmk if you're ever back!

  7. I'm so scared to pick up and move so far! We're near San Francisco now and considering relocating to Connecticut!

  8. Well done on moving! I used to enjoy moving (moved cities three times) until a couple of years ago, but too lazy to get out now lol.