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GOODBYE BROOKLYN

Posted on: Monday

Hello Manhattan, my love, my one and only.
It's been too long.
But now we're back. And dear, we have missed you.

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One week ago we loaded all of our worldly belongings into a moving truck and bid farewell to our gloriously spacious limestone apartment in Brooklyn.  It was easier than I thought it would be to say goodbye.  For the second time, we left the home in which one of our children was born. We left the borough that we have called home for the past two years, with its expansive neighborhoods and clusters of trains, its promises for families and artists alike, its small neighborhoods and big apartments.  We crossed the river, and we came home.

We crossed the river, and we could breathe again.
We crossed the river, and wondered why we ever left.

We drove up the Bowery and into the village. The air was different. The sounds were different.  The trees all along the tiny village streets were blooming in shades of white and pink, and when the wind blew just right a shower of petals would fly down upon us and brush over the moving truck. With the truck double parked and the church bells ringing throughout the neighborhood for Easter sunday mass, we unloaded everything into our new home.  Nico sat outside leashed to a store gate, watching as her whole world was carried forth into a new home in the neighborhood in which she was raised.  She lay on the warm sidewalk in a patch of sun and smiled, as much as a dog can smile.  She knew that she would soon be running in the dog parks that she knew as a puppy. She knew that she would join us once again on our all-day summer outings in the city.  She was a happy girl.

Gaby and I made a decision together, a few weeks back, to embark on a journey with our family.  We wanted to begin consciously living an experience-based life.  We had tried the Brooklyn home, the three-bedrooms, the commuting lifestyle, the backyard, and the quiet neighborhood.  We had discovered that the grass is not always greener.  We had felt out of sorts for a long, long time, and we had worked and opened up to each other to find out why.  And when we let ourselves be totally honest, we realized that what we wanted, what we truly wanted, was not in Brooklyn.  We wanted to raise our family in the one place on this earth that we loved like no other, the place that had an energy that seemed to beat along with the rhythm of our own hearts.  We realized that being in that energy, and raising our children in that energy, was more important to us that any amount of space. We knew that when we were in the village, our life was not about the size of our home or the amount of belongings we owned, it was about walking out of the door and having experiences.  And so when the perfect little place seemed to find us and all of the stars seemed to align to allow us to sign a lease on it, we leaped. And we landed in our own little paradise.

Our piles of boxes and furniture, which had been downsized to only about a third of what we had owned a mere few weeks back, surrounded us in our teeny tiny new ground floor apartment.  We stood with our children and looked at our new space. We gazed out of their two big bright windows and watched the hustle of our new block, pointing out the different types of dogs walking by and the different colors of flowers on the trees. We would have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks to make our little space into a home, but already, we could feel, this was our palace.  This was our tiny palace in the middle of the great big kingdom of Manhattan.

And so with immeasurable joy and gratitude, I welcome the huge changes that spring has brought to us. Life is so magical, and we have so many adventures before us.  I'm so happy to be home.

38 COMMENTS:

  1. I am so glad you are back and ecstatic to be home! Can't wait to see you all!
    Love you
    XOXOXOXO

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    1. Can't wait to see you!! xoxox

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  2. Going home is the most amazing feeling in the world! So glad you were able to make the move back!

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    1. Thank you!! It does feel amazing! And it's springtime in the city to boot :)

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  3. Beautiful photos as always. Your life in Brooklyn seemed so wonderful but after reading this now I'm excited to read along and see how much more amazing it will be in Manhattan. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's funny because I usually ended up spending most of my time in Manhattan anyway, so the blog content may not change too much lol! Thank you so much for following along! xo

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  4. Hooray! Cannot wait to see you new place--be there SOOOOOON! :)

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  5. I've missed your writing so it was lovely to wake up this morning and read about your news. This post speaks so truly to me at the moment. We are just about to pack up ourselves again (the third time in 4 years) and move across the ocean. We don't know anyone there and our family is going to be on the otherside of the world. But after nearly a decade in London we are excited to be moving to Canada and starting our adventures in a country that really truly feels like home. You cannot replace the feeling of comfort and energy that the right place brings and so it is worth the gamble. Im so glad you are once again happy with your place in the world. Enjoy settling in. And I look forward to the Spring drop of Welkin!!

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    1. I'm so happy for you and your family! Congratulations! There's really nothing like starting afresh, especially when it feels like a move in the right direction. You'll be so much closer to NYC now too! :) xo

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  6. It's so great to be able to live where you love! Exciting!

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    1. It really is! It's funny how you don't know what you have until it's gone. I'm so happy and grateful that I get to make it mine again :) xo thank you so much for following along!! xo

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  7. Love this. I can only imagine! How I long to live there! But, the oil and gas industry does not easily lend itself to the east coast. So, we just live as urban as we can in the mid-west! Or south? I do not even know what my state is considered. South, I suppose? Whatevs.

    So glad you all are back home :)

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    1. Haha mid-south?? You should try to come one summer or something. I always tell people that if even a little part of you longs for NYC, you should give it a go. :)
      Thank you so much for your kind words! All of this internet love is overwhelming! xo

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  8. So glad to hear that you have found a place that makes your heart happy :) It's funny how different people desire different things. We are getting ready to move to a 3 bed. home with a big backyard and I am so excited to get out of our current apartment. I hope that this time continues to be exciting and you enjoy every minute.

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    1. Thank you so much Leah! It IS so interesting how different all of our passions and dreams are when we each listen to our heart, isn't it! I suppose that's what makes the world such an interesting place :) Living in Manhattan as a family of four is going to be a whole new adventure, and I'm so ridiculously ecstatic to be able to embark on it. Congratulations on your big move too!! xo

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  9. Bravo!!! I wish you the best!!! So happy to read you again!!!! For me, it's like in the song of Cohen :Dance me to the end of love.. go where your heart beat....

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    1. Cohen, my love! This must be one of the loveliest comments I've ever gotten! Thank you!! xoxo

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  10. I'm so happy for you and your family! Reading this transported me back to the Village, which is my first love. The energy there is incomparable. As we live on the West Coast now, I'm totally jealous :-) There's nothing like spring in NY.

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  11. Oh I have often had the dream of doing this exact thing after we got priced out of LES... one day.

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  12. This is a really excellent read for me. thanks for sharing.Belle

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  13. Your pictures are amazing and this post was so so so inspiring. I'm glad you blog and I'm glad I've found you.

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