Before I add my journal post from a few days ago, I wanted to just say how incredibly wonderful the past 2 weeks have been for me. Stressful, sad, scary, but wonderful. Now that my dad left this morning, I’m finally overwhelmed with emotions as I sit here in my new apartment in Brooklyn and sift through photos over the past few weeks. I actually did it. Lots of work to come to build up my business here! I’ll still be taking on weddings and family sessions in Seattle next year, but so excited to grow out on the East Coast. 3500 miles driven, from my CRV to a Penske truck over the past 2 weeks. Tears shed, belly laughs, obscenities cursed along the way, but here I am. Thankful for all my friends and family who I was lucky enough to spend some time with before I went and along the way. My going away party was a huge success filled with so much love, I couldn’t of been happier with how it turned out! Here’s a few photos from that as well as my last days in Seattle!
My invites were designed by my sweet friend, Matthew Sherman- HIRE HIM for all your graphic design needs!!!
Now I’m inserting my journal entry for the rest of this blogs text!
Sunday November 29, 2015
Leave it to me to start writing a little something in the last 2 hours before we arrive in New York City! My dad and I have been making our way from Seattle to New York for the past week. He flew out on Wednesday November 18, and we spent a few days running errands, packing, etc. Even after spending almost 2 weeks packing and selling stuff, I couldn’t have finished up without my dad there the last 2 days. He cleaned, packed, did whatever I needed help with. He did such a great job cleaning my landlord actually asked him where he lived because “he could hire him to clean apartments.”
My dad can pack a car like no other. I seriously don’t understand how he got everything to fit. Okay spoiler alert- he didn’t- he ended up actually having to sit in the front seat with my suitcase on his lap as we made our way over to my sisters house. It was quite hysterical and in the end we ended up having to toss out the whole suitcase idea and divided our stuff into plastic bags where my dad said we should label his stuff with a “smiley face” and my stuff with a “K.” He then stuffed those bags in little crevasses throughout the car. My sister Gretchen was laughing at us while my brother in law argued that my dad “always got the smiley faces!” We got to spend 2 lovely nights hanging out with my sis and bro in law which was much needed. We fit a hike in on a beautiful clear sunny crisp fall day where Rainier peeked out as well as Mt St Helens and Mt Adams. We even got to hike in a little snow! It was the perfect “farewell” to the Pacific Northwest.
So at 6:30am last Sunday we hopped in Blue Ribbon (my CRV) and started to make our way east. Our first stop was Salt Lake City (13 hours) to stay 2 nights with my friends Kirsten and Austin. They are doctors and very busy and tired, as you can imagine, so we didn’t get to see much of them but it was nice to give out a few hugs. On our way to Salt Lake City we had a little hiccup where my GPS was telling me to go right towards to “Salt Lake” sign, and my other GPS (my dad!) was insistent that we go straight. Well basically I was right and we ended up adding an extra 30 min to our trip, which seemed like a lifetime after driving 13 hours that day. In the end we made it and I got lots of hugs from a sleepy Kirsten, Austin and Ozzy! We crashed that night and enjoyed sleeping in. The next day we met up with an old Brooks friend of mine, Josh, and at lunch at the Blue Plate Diner in SLC. (My official review is delicious.) We took Ozzy for a walk around the neighborhood and then had a lovely dinner with Kirsten at a yummy Thai place.
We set off the next day for Lincoln, NE (Hometown vibes!!) Another grueling 13 hours of driving, but we’ve been passing by a lot of time on this trip by listening to the Harry Potter audio books narrated by Jim Dale. They just were released and are fantastic. He does all the voices and it’s incredible to relive one of my favorite book series. We’ve only made it through 3 of the 7 books on this journey! Our first stop in Lincoln was getting take out from The Oven, my favorite restaurant of all time. We enjoyed chicken tikka korma with naan and mulligatawny soup. I then met up quickly with Tone and Kayla downtown for a few hugs even though I was exhausted from a long day.
On Wednesday I got to spend the morning with my godmother then have lunch with my friend Leigh, and give Andie baby bump snuggles. My dad and I drove the Penske truck up to Omaha where we loaded Katherine’s furniture in there for the drive to NYC! For those of you who don’t already know, my best friend Katherine and I are going to be living together in Brooklyn! After loading the truck, I went back over to my godmothers and spent the evening with her. We went out to dinner with her son Toby and his wife Tara and their two kids Lucian and Violet, as well as my godfather Tony at MoMo’s pizza- a new restaurant in Lincoln. It was pretty good and we even ran into Kayla and her boyfriend Cole at the restaurant! The rest of the night after dinner my godmother and I baked a pie and had endless belly laughs. It’s too hard to even explain what was going on, but a favorite quote from her was after I asked her if she had any wine. “I don’t have any wine but I have some Wild Turkey, which I think is appropriate.” We both burst out laughing as Thanksgiving was the next day. I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed that hard!
Thanksgiving was spent finishing up packing up the truck and then I headed over to my godmothers sisters house for Thanksgiving lunch! After so much food we all felt sick, my godmother proceeded to take a nap at her house and then watched our favorite movie together, Meet Me In St. Louis. It really was something special to get to spend those 2 days with her, something that hasn’t happened in a long time!
Friday morning we woke up to some icy streets, so we got a little later start just to be safe with the roads. We changed our route a bit and ended up taking I-80 towards Davenport and our goal was to hit Indianapolis that day (9 ½ hours). We only made it to Champaigne, IL where we decided to call it a day. Everything takes longer and moves slower in a truck so 8 hours took us 10 with the speed limit and a few stops for gas and restrooms. Yesterday we get on the road by 9am and drove almost 10 hours (on the road for 12 though) to Harrisburg, PA where we stayed a night.
That brings us to TODAY! Only a 3 hour drive total to Jersey City where we are staying one more night before Katherine and I move into our apartment in Brooklyn TOMORROW!!! We are going to try and walk the Brooklyn Bridge and go up the Freedom Tower today! I can’t thank my DAD enough for doing this trip with me (and most of the actual driving.) It’s been pretty amazing to get to spend a whole week with him. I think we are both ready to get out of this damn truck. Love you, DAD!!!!
I just can’t believe it. I’m moving to NEW YORK. I’ll never forget the first time I flew into New York City. It was about 4 years ago and even though we flew into JFK I could still see a bit of the city from the plane window. My friend Andie and I went to go visit Dani and Kelsey. We spend our first day in New York walking all about, got bottomless saki and sushi at this restaurant, and finished the evening at the Comedy Cellar where Chris Rock and Judah Frielander did stand up, among a bunch of other comedians. Even though I got ridiculously sick the rest of the trip, it was incredible and I knew that I had to come back! I envisioned myself living in Brooklyn after Kelsey showed me her neighborhood in Park Slope. Now it’s all actually happening and I feel like I’m floating in a dream that I’ll soon wake up from.
Why New York?
Everyone has been asking me that question, and I’ll be honest when I say I don’t know if I really have the answer besides that I’m curious about living here and knew that if there’s a time to do it, it’s in my 20s. So after 4 ½ years shooting weddings and families in Seattle, watching my business grow from 3 weddings my first year to 20 this year, I decided to make a illogical decision and move 3000 miles across the country. Right when things have started to fall in place for me, I’m deciding to mix it up. Life isn’t about being comfortable, it’s about embracing the unknown, and just when I started to feel like I was too settled, I decided I should probably move. Financially, probably not the smartest decision of my life, but hey, I made it work in Seattle, so I think I can make it work in New York.
It’s not going to be easy. I’m going to have to build my name up in a new place. But some great advice I recently soaked in from a pricing workshop I took from Mark Janzan is, “You’re moving to a city of 8 million people, all you have to do is book 20 couples.” Well, when you put it like that, Mark, it makes it a little less scary.
So I’m doing it. Forcing myself to rise when the statistics are against me to fail. I have no idea if I will love living here or not, but I’ll never know unless I try. Seattle isn’t going anywhere (as long as that earthquake/tsunami action doesn’t happen) so I can always go back. Or go somewhere else. The world is my damn oyster and I am going to make the most of this life I’m living. Maybe it’s because my mom passed away at the young age of 40 when I was just a baby that drives this fire in me to never stop challenging myself because I never know if I’ll be here tomorrow. Cliché, maybe, but that’s really my outlook on life. Build friendships, stay loyal, take chances, do work.
So let’s see what you got, NYC. I’m ready for you. Why New York? Why not?
Blog post on my new apartment to come, once I get everything unpacked and settled! If you made it through all my writing, thank you for reading!!