It’s hard to fathom that it’s been a year since we became empty nesters, and moved back into the city. In some ways, it feels like we’ve lived here forever, and yet I still pinch myself knowing I get to call NYC my home. I’ve learned more in the past twelve months about myself than I learned in the five years prior. And that is because I grow the most when I’m in a changing environment. When things are unknown, when my curiosity is at its peak, I expand and stretch. Since I started this blog, I’ve written about finding new friends, adapting to a new set of family parameters (aka squeezing six large people into a two bedroom at Christmas), looking for meaningful work, running errands without looking like a bag lady, and other assorted empty nester challenges. I’ve learned a lot since last July…
- Love is actually all around. No day goes by that I don’t see people hugging and kissing.
- Comfortable, cute shoes are a must. If you find a pair you love, buy three.
- July 4th is the best traffic-free day. You can drive from downtown and make every light.
- Bicycles are more dangerous than cars. Look both ways, then look again.
- Focus on the sidewalk when walking – there is dog poop everywhere.
- When it rains, $5 umbrellas magically appear on every corner.
- Everyone walks and texts.
- In winter, don’t leave the apartment without gloves and a hat.
- It’s impossible to keep up with every new restaurant and bar that opens in NYC, but there are some incredible ways to try: The Infatuation Eater Time Out NY Times
- There is nothing you can’t get in NYC (and usually at any time).
This weeks new restaurant recommendation: Yakitori Nonono loved everything! Make a reservation because it’s new and popular. Would be an excellent place for a group. Perfect sharing menu.
Can’t wait to see what year two brings!
Have fun. Be bold.