I seem to be in this terrible habit of not updating my blog, but I’m optimistic that this will be the last time I take such a long hiatus…. The last 3 months have been some of the busiest and most hectic months of my life. Those who know me (or follow me on social media) know I have been going through some serious life changes. For starters, I left New York City and America (semi) permanently last Thursday. But let’s rewind….
Back in last April, I decided I wanted to move out of New York City. I’d been in the city for the last 5 years, and felt it was time for a change. NYC will always and forever be my home, but sometimes you need to leave the place you’re from to appreciate it even more. I’ve always been a believer in the “go big or go home” mantra, so I decided on not just leaving NYC, but leaving the States. Since 2012 when I studied abroad in England, I’ve always wanted to move back to the UK. However, one of the biggest factors of me staying in New York, along with my friends and family, was my job as a wedding photographer with Chellise. I approached her about my prospective move, and instead of me leaving the studio, we settled on me working for Chellise but in London. This was seriously the *best* possible outcome of our talk, and I was ecstatic. And thus set in motion a series of events to somehow get me across the pond. We researched different visas, scouring forums and blogs on what is best for our type of work, and spoke to many other ex pats and lawyers.
Fast forward 8 months to December. At this point, we had found a small business visa that we felt I qualified for, and had spent the last few months preparing all the paperwork that went into applying. I submitted my application right before Thanksgiving, and 3 weeks later in mid December, I received the email that my visa had been issued. After the shock and tears and high emotion calmed down, I began to realize… how the f*#$ am I going to move?! I had lived in the northeast my entire life, and this was going to be my first major move. Major in that I was going to be leaving all my friends and family, packing my life into 2 suitcases, and living in a foreign country for the first time. I was (still am) completely and utterly overwhelmed. But luckily I have the best support system around, and with the help of all my friends and family, I moved out of my Brooklyn apartment at the end of January. And on February 19, I said goodbye to New York City and boarded a plane to South Korea.
I’m sure you’re like “hey wait, that’s not London!” and yeah, duh, it’s not. I’m in South Korea now for the next 3 weeks, staying with my best friend Kathy, who’s from Seoul. I’m excited to explore another Asian city that I’ve never been to, before making my official move to London on March 10.
Now here’s a recap of what I was doing with my last 3 months in America…
I went to Miami with Henah for New Years Eve. Got my last bit of warm weather and sun, ate all the Cuban food, and met a random assortment of celebrities on New Years Eve (including Jaleel White!).
I visited my cousin who lives in Denver with a group of my cousins. We ate all the Voodoo donuts, drank all the beers, some of us got tats, and explored beautiful Colorado for the first time.
I started shooting fashion and lifestyle again, and started collaborating with Claire Millar, stylist and blogger behind Style & Air. I hated having to leave the awesome gig I had going with Claire, but luckily she plans on coming to visit London this summer.
A scene from my final wedding in New York City. It was an intimate ceremony in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, right around the corner from my neighborhood. It was the perfect ending to my wedding season.
Of course, having a final departure date set, my friends and family went all out to ensure I had an incredibly packed last few months in America and New York City. I truly soaked up all the city could offer, even embracing the slushy snow. I could not be more grateful for a better home and humans to surround myself with.
I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life, kicking it off in Seoul (during the Lunar New Year, at that!) Stay posted for more of this new journey.