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This is my next-to-last column that I will write from this chair. Well that is not quite true. This chair will have this same ass in it two columns from now, but both the chair and my ass will be in a new place.
I’m not just moving. I’m catapulting my life to a whole new location.
On January 24, 2011, I will leave Kansas City, my home for the last 1,200 days, for the last time. Yes, I may visit again. I’ve made some great friends here, but to live, the light is quickly fading on this chapter of my life.
It’s been an interesting chapter to say the least. I’m leaving the day job that brought me here. But I’m taking the “job” I created with me.
Over the course of the last three years, I have given speeches and workshops all across the Midwest. I’ve taken one true vacation to my hometown of Denver, Colorado. I’ve picked up painting. I’ve more than picked up running as my main workout. I’ve had a surgery and been put “under” for the first time in my life. I’ve written two books.
But much remains. There is still so much I wish to do and experience. New York City was always a place I wanted to visit growing up and my family traveled there back in 1998. It was a great day/afternoon in the city. I’ve since been back twice and in about 21 days, I will be a resident of New York City.
The closer I get to the big move, the more nervous I get – but oddly – the more excited I become as well.
I’m excited for the endless possibilities. I’m excited to take some time for myself and find the right day job for me. I’m excited to pursue some consulting opportunities. I’m excited to run in the NYC Half-Marathon on March 20. I’m excited to finally live with my boyfriend of nearly four years. I’m excited to take new photographs, to paint and to write. Yes! I want to write more and dive into that craft.
Sure there are downsides to a city like New York City, but at this moment, I’m excited. That giant, sparkling ball in Times Square represents possibilities, opportunity and a light to a new day. New York City … here I come. But first, my hat is off to Kansas City. I couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers.