Before embarking on this journey I had quite a few people remind me that moving is one of the most stressful and difficult things I would ever do. I laughed it off, with the assurance that I was totally ready for this – it was time. Looking back on the past week, I can say without hesitation that they were absolutely correct, moving IS beyond stressful! By the time I arrived at my new Chelsea home (5 suitcases of clothes in tow), my head was spinning.
I was greeted by the incredible Cesar at The Chelsea who gave me my keys and welcomed me to my beautiful apartment, my new temporary home in New York City. My apartment, like all those in this building, is larger than your average NYC one bedroom, with lots of natural light and lots of closet space – it was definitely love at first sight. I was told they’d recently remodeled and I love the hardwood floors, dark wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances – all the things I’d want for my own place. Why do I already feel like it is going to be awfully hard to leave here?
I spent the afternoon discovering and settling in to the heart of NYC – my new Chelsea neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side near the old Garment District. This includes finding my new dry cleaner, nail salon, coffee shop, drug store and grocery store (I love that there’s a Whole Foods right across the street!) It didn’t take me long to find out that in NYC, all of this is usually within a one block radius. Two subway stops later and I found myself taking my first yoga class at Strala Yoga, an awesome studio near NYU. As with most yoga communities, they welcomed me with Yogi warmth and regaled me with their personal tales of first moving to the city. Their #1 piece of advice to me – STAY OPEN. You never know what NYC will bring to you on any given day. I’m already realizing how true that is.
This is Cat. Until next time … another day, another discovery.