New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

Many of my friends know that New York City is my favourite city in the world. Everything about New York makes me happy. My husband Scott and I are planning on moving from Toronto to New York in July 2016, and it’s certainly a dream come true.

Scott and I just spent a week together in the Lower East Side because he was performing in a NYC Fringe show this month. His show Naked Hamilton received amazing press, fantastic reviews, and they’ve been chosen as one of the “Best of Fringe” and invited back to perform again at another venue in October. One reviewer from NY Theatre Now said,

“Scott McCord’s outstanding portrayal of Tom leaves us put off, charmed, and sympathetic in equal measures. McCord’s look and skill are a rare find – as a New Yorker who has great pride (and let’s face it, snobbery) in the extraordinary talents of our actors, I would not only welcome McCord here but tell everyone I could that he’d arrived”. 

Wow! What an amazing and perfectly timed review/invitation.

While we were there we dedicated a couple of days towards touring Park Slope and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. Our plan is to land in that area when we move next summer. We fell in love with that part of Brooklyn during this trip and both feel it’s the perfect neighbourhood for us and our 5 year old daughter. We experienced the best of both worlds jumping back and forth from Manhattan to Brooklyn and can easily see ourselves there.

A move like this can be scary. Moving to another city is one thing, but moving to a new country is an entirely different ball game. We’re trying to prepare and be proactive by deciding on the neighbourhood and knowing the right people and the steps to secure our apartment when we’re ready. We’re getting all the right paperwork in order for our Visas, starting to network and tell people we’re coming, and even researching schools for our daughter. It’s all very daunting but it’s super exciting as well. It’s interesting that I’m not feeling any hesitation about the decision at all. Maybe that’s how I know it’s the right move. It’s a new journey for us and I know we’d always regret it if we didn’t go. If in the end it doesn’t work out for us, that’s ok. Robert Kiyosaki believes that you should work to learn, not to make money. I feel like this trip will be a testament to that philosophy and we’ll see how it all plays out.

I frequently hear people say that at the time of their death they want to look back on their life with no regrets. I feel the same way even though I’m not sure how realistic it is, but nonetheless in order to try and create that I need to consciously live my life without regret now, in the present day, at this moment. I plan on living a very long life, but who knows! I try hard not to allow fear to shackle and prevent me from having amazing experiences and a fulfilling life but of course sometimes it’s easier said than done. I recognize how debilitating fear can be, but finally deciding to make this move to NY after discussing it for years feels so incredibly freeing.

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

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