To say it’s been “a while” would be quite an understatement, so I’ll skip over that and just say, “Hello again!” Since we last spoke, my life has seen a number of exciting changes (that hopefully will allow me to get back to a consistent blogging schedule!). I’m going to give you the full update, because I feel like many of you will be able relate to the types of decisions I have had to make over the past few months.
The last time I posted, I indicated that I would be taking a break from blogging to focus on my career in public relations. Though I didn’t have the same passion for public relations as I felt for both writing and healthy living, my job had really picked up, and I saw some interesting opportunities ahead. As my days got busier and busier, I didn’t want to sacrifice the content on my blog and post things that I wasn’t proud of.
For those of you who don’t know, I worked at a boutique public relations firm in New York City and spent my days executing large-scale national campaigns for everything from oral healthcare products to coffee and the Paralympics. On a given day, this could mean flying to LA for a video shoot or traveling around to different publications in NYC to talk about my clients’ products. The job was fast-paced, challenging, invigorating and over-whelming all at the same time. But I loved it. And I loved the people I worked with. They were not just my coworkers – they were my friends.
While my job was demanding, it added so many great things to my life, both personally and professionally. In fact, I met my boyfriend back in October 2011 on a west coast work trip in Las Vegas (more on that story another time). We hit it off right away and couldn’t believe our luck meeting a fellow New Yorker all the way out in Vegas.
When we got back to the east coast, he introduced me to his “New York world” in the Hudson Valley, a world I didn’t even know existed. There’s a joke that most New Yorkers don’t realize there is a world outside the city, and I was one of those “city dwellers.” I fell in love with the Hudson Valley on my first train ride “upstate.”
As things progressed, life became busier and busier between the job and the new additions to my personal life. That’s when I made the difficult decision to stop blogging.
I would spend most of my weekends upstate, hiking, baking, relaxing, and each Monday morning, I found myself dreading the return to the city more and more. I loved the “wide open spaces” and the beautiful outdoor scenery of the Hudson Valley with its sweeping mountain and river views. The worst times were extended vacations, such as the winter holidays, where I’d spend a long period of time upstate and then have to switch gears to the bustling city life again.
It sounds dramatic, but I felt caught between two worlds (I am so tempted to include a quote from Sweet Home Alabama right here…)
Late last year, the BF and I decided we were ready to take the next step of living together. The only thing standing in our way? A 90 minute commute and a demanding job. I was pretty adamant that I did not want my other half to even consider moving to the city. I knew in my (almost 30-year-old) heart that city-living was no longer the direction I wanted to take my life. I wanted a slower pace with time to do real-world things like cook dinner and bake copious amounts of Sometimes Healthy cupcakes and donuts. I wanted time to focus on my future and think about next steps and to not always feel like I was just scrambling to get through the day. I realized that my dreams of being an NYC-career woman had changed, and that I was seeking a lifestyle that would give me a healthy balance between work, hobbies and eventually family.
All roads were pointing out of NYC. There was just one problem: jobs in the Hudson Valley for communications professionals were few and far between.
To be honest, I spent many weeks and weekends frustrated and uncertain about the future and unsure of my next steps. While our relationship was not officially “long-distance,” we were ready to see each other every day! And I was ready to leave my city life behind. To me, commuting into the city daily for my job would have been a half-way deal, and working such long hours, I knew I wouldn’t feel like I was really living my life to its fullest upstate. I knew I would end up taking later trains home than planned and sleeping on both my brother and Michelle’s couches.
So…I just waited and hoped something would come up. And…it sort of felt like a miracle when something came up rather quickly…
Sorry to leave you with a cliff-hanger, but this post was getting too long. Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story!