#thisdamlife: 2

IMG_5719Goodbye to All That. Didion does it again. She was 29.

I remember when I first visited New York City, I stepped out of the bus onto the curb outside Bryant park and looked up. The lights lit, the city grit, this was it. I turned around and said to my mother, “I want to live here.” 2 years later, there I was living in the city of my dreams.

Cut to 4 years after, when New York is mine, Brooklyn is home, and a New Yorker permanently residing within me. And so this will always be true. I’ll always love New York.

My favorite part about New York is the stories and for those of you who know me, I’m obsessed with them – I believe in the power of a good story. With every new person, a new New York story.

Somewhere in between New York and it’s stories, I became the person I am today. It opened my mind to a whole new way of life, one that began with New York, but doesn’t necessarily end there. It’s time to grow.

This past week in Amsterdam I’ve had the pleasure to meet some fascinating people with their own fascinating #damlives. From Kombucha to film to news makers, stories of these boundary breakers and risk takers – it’s the new way of life – built on passion and courage, just a little outside of your comfort zone, a new story awaits.

Will you make it yours?

As I think about how far I’ve come and what a long way ahead I can go, I have to go, I ponder over something a good friend said to me a while ago.

“Be attached to something/someone. But be detached from the effect of that attachment.”

That is where growth lies.

Such is #thisdamlife!

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