If you follow me on social media, you may already know...that after 7 years in New York City, I'm moving back to my hometown of San Antonio, Tx. I am officially leaving on May 17th. I love New York City with all my heart, even when I don't, but it's time to focus on a new dream. San Antonio is booming right now. Things are constantly changing, but with help, I am planning to purchase a commercial property that I can live in and create a vintage-inspired boutique.
I'm fairly anxious about leaving. It'll be a major change, but I think it's the right thing. It's hard to think about starting over, going in a new direction. I came to NYC to be a writer and I've done some really cool things that I'm proud of. In my personal experience, the industry is not what it used to be. Full-time jobs are near impossible to come by and websites are constantly bought, merged or closed. I've been in retail limbo the past year, frustrated with the writer hustle. I admire friends who have the consistent hunger for it. Once my dream was to live here, another was to get published. I've accomplished that and surprisingly, don't feel the urge to push on, at least here. There's not enough return in happiness or money when it comes to hard work. Maybe, it's just me and my journey, but I feel it's time to move on to something new.
In the back of my mind, another dream was always there, a dream of creating something tangible. I want to own a piece of property and create an inviting, brick-and-mortar store. I want to be part of a community and share my style while doing it. I didn't think it was within my grasp, but after much research, I feel passionate and excited about figuring it out, step-by-step. The transition will be hard, but family will be near, as will old friends.
If you know of any resources in Texas, please let me know! I took a Women's Entrepreneur class in Manhattan, which was a wonderful start.
I definitely want to eat at all my favorite NYC restaurants before I leave. Please let me know if there's something I need to add to my Brooklyn bucket list!