Happy New Year! Only five days late. The Holiday season was a frenzy of parties and travel. Now I just want to take to my bed like my parents’ new dog.
Dustin and I ended 2011 right where we started it— in New York City. This time last year we were living in Manhattan, packing up to move to Austin, and I was dreading it. I was hesitant to leave behind the exhilarating city, new friends, and proximity to my family. But this trip gave me some perspective. I often feel sorry for myself that my loved ones are so far-flung around the country, but I’m thankful that I have a loving family and so many friends. I’m consistently amazed that they are willing to take time out of their busy lives to catch up with me when I visit.
Despite the pulsating excitement of New York City, returning reminded me that living there was a daily struggle. New York City is incomparable, but it is utterly exhausting. Most importantly, I’ve been lucky to meet so many friendly, passionate, and creative people here in Austin. I have big plans for 2012, and I’m excited to see what the year will bring.