Well hello there, it’s been… a long while.
When I last posted, I was very pregnant, living in Brooklyn, and working in Midtown Manhattan, my office nestled between Rockefeller Center and Times Square. The heart of it all, really. When I hit pause, I thought that I would begin posting again within a couple months after our baby arrived while I was still on maternity leave from my job, writing dispatches about life as new mom and possibly my thoughts on baby gear. There was a lot that I didn’t anticipate.
In the throes of new parenthood (which I took to calling newborn land), Doug and I learned that we might be moving to follow a career opportunity for him. As the summer wore on and we found our stride and our confidence as parents to our darling son, “may be moving” turned into “likely moving” which snowballed into “definitely moving”. Moving as in leaving the city where we had made our home, first separately and then together, for solidly over a decade. It was a lot to process, a lot of change.
Leaving New York City (it sounds so dramatic when I put it like that) meant suddenly being much farther away from friendships decades in the making, from our people. That was, and honestly still is, tough. Our people were our support network as brand-new parents. They are the friends who brought over enough of our favorite braised-meat sandwiches to feed us for days (literally) when we were too sleep deprived to cook and who came to visit in those early weeks when just going down the block to get coffee felt like a mountain to climb.
Leaving New York City also meant that I would (and did) leave my job. I had been at the same firm for seven years when I left and it was bittersweet to say goodbye to the people I worked with and alongside. Given the timing, I didn’t get to properly say goodbye to many of my colleagues, which made the change feel surreal and a bit anticlimactic. That said, I’ve found that it’s often harder than one might think to get closure when leaving a job.
Leaving also meant moving for the second time in less than a year. When we moved into our apartment in Park Slope last April we thought that we would be there for at least two to three years and perhaps much longer than that. When we moved out just before Thanksgiving, we had been there less than nine months.
We had spent the early part of 2018 preparing for our move to Park Slope while we were both working long hours and I was pregnant. It was stressful to have done it once and I was daunted by the prospect of doing it again, only covering a much greater distance and with a baby. I needed to focus step by step, on whatever the next task was that I needed to do to make it all happen.
All of which, dear reader, is my long explanation of why it has been so long since I’ve posted to this blog. I needed time and space to adjust to becoming a mother, and then more time and space to adjust to the prospect and then the reality of leaving one city and moving to another, saying goodbye to beloved people and favorite places, while managing the practical, day-to-day realities of life with a baby.
So where does all of that bring us? To beginning a new year in a new city.
Chicago, to be exact. We arrived just after Thanksgiving, and we’re really excited to be here. Doug went to school in Chicago and spent a considerable amount of time here for work even prior to his current role. Moving to Chicago feels a bit like a Midwestern homecoming for me, since I grew up in Ohio. Chicago is a city that I’ve always appreciated and felt at ease in, and one where each time I visited I could see myself living here. I just never realized that I would actually have the opportunity! We’re enjoying this new adventure as a family and exploring the city together. I’m taking this time to think about my career in news way and figuring out my next professional direction. My hope is to find something that builds on my experience to date while taking it in a new and different direction. In the meantime, I’m cherishing the opportunity to be focused on caring for our son.
And where does that bring us regarding this blog, Skyline Blossoms? I still love writing and photography. I still enjoy creating this space and sharing things that I passionately recommend. My new goal is to post at least monthly and, at least for now, I’ll keep the posting schedule flexible rather than promising a certain day of each month. I’ll make sure to mention on Instagram and Facebook when I publish a new post. I expect that the subjects I post about will be more focused, as my free time is rarer and I value my time differently. This space is evolving, and I am so grateful that you choose to follow the journey.
photos by Sojourner Society. They are talented, lovely people and we loved working with them!