Hello loves! It’s been a while. I’ve missed you since last year. How has 2018 been treating you?
I’d like to say that I made a conscious decision to take a break from the blog for a while, but that’s just not true. Life happened. I’ve been living the classic New York hustle: multiple jobs, too many social obligations, and a schedule packed full of everything except space to breathe. I’ve been working too hard and moving too fast. I needed to take a seat. Actually, I probably need to stay in my seat now that I’ve found one.
To be honest, I didn’t think that I would still be living in NYC by now. This month marks four years since I packed my bags and moved here with my freshly-minted college degree hoping I’d be able to survive this place. In the last four years I’ve done things that I’d only dreamed would be my reality: I graduated with my master’s degree in a field that I really believe my heart was created for, I’ve traveled the world with new friends, I’ve started my professional career, and I’m building relationships with some of the coolest people I’ve come across along the way.
So far, 2018 has been a whirlwind of surprises and unexpected changes for me. I’m not typically a fan of change. It’s uncomfortable and growing pains are real, but the important thing is I’m moving forward. It’s exciting and crazy and there are even more new things coming over the horizon. In a few weeks I’ll be graduating as a certified yoga teacher and next month I’ll be going back to school to start working on my second master’s degree (*insert happy dance here*). I still have a few more things I want to check off of my list before I leave this city. Some days it feels like I’ve been in NYC for forever and other times it feels like I got here just a few weeks ago.
I often cross 5th Avenue on my walk home to my apartment in Harlem. From this high up in Manhattan there’s a great view of the Empire State Building standing tall and timeless in all its glory downtown. More often then not I stop in the crosswalk to take in the skyline and remind myself that I’m still facing my fears in the crazy loud, ridiculously chaotic, breathtakingly historic city that never sleeps. And I’m still trying to soak up every single second of it.
Love & light,
Felecia Shanice ❤
…Also, shoutout to the dope queen @mea2cham for choreographing this photo 😉