Happy April! With weather in the 60’s this week, spring seems to finally be creeping its way into New York City. Not only is the season changing, but my life is currently going through a transition as well (hence why new posts have been MIA recently). I’m not going to lie – I’m not sad to see March go. Health issues, apartment redecorating, a death in the family, and more made it pretty tough. A lot of new life changes come with April, but I’m looking forward to the new beginning and a fresh start!
Winter in Manhattan is the absolute worst! Everyone just goes into hibernation mode, and I joined them. Some days, I was only outside for the three-block walk to and from the subway on my way to the office and home. All of my activities revolved around being inside for the last few months and I had no desire to run along the frozen Hudson River (usually one of my favorite activities). The lack of sunshine, warmth on my skin, and endorphins from exercise was literally depressing. Just the thought that sundresses, runs through the city streets, and outdoor adventures are in my near future is enough to put a smile on my face and brighten my mood.
In addition, I got a lease on my dream NYC apartment! I used to think the high rent in New York City was the absolute worst thing about living here, but the worst thing is actually the process to rent in this city. It was long, stressful, and costly, but it was definitely worth it! The apartment got a fresh coat of paint last Saturday, I moved in the little furniture I already had last Sunday, and more furniture should be arriving today to complete the decorating process. It’s really coming together nicely, and I cannot wait to do an Apartment Tour post later this month!
Lastly, I had a really tough decision to make and follow through with this year. I came to the conclusion that it would be in everyone’s best interest if I found Lily a new home. This was a tough call to make because the thought of giving Lily away made me feel like a failure as a puppy parent, but life just took me on a completely different path than I was previously going down four years ago. She’s been my little buddy for years. In the end, I decided that the blow to my ego was not worth her living in a small apartment where I’m away at work 8-12 hours each day. She is the best dog you’ll ever meet and she deserves the most amazing life, so I teamed up with Michelle and Melissa at Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue in the Hamptons to find the best new home for Lily. The search (which included going through tons of applications, phone interviews, and home inspections to find the perfect match) took about a month. I ended up finding (and absolutely loving!) Mariel and Alexander, an adventurous couple from Brooklyn. Their apartment has a backyard and is only a couple blocks from a huge, dog friendly park. They can even take Lily to work with them everyday! I checked in with them last Monday night, and everyone is doing great! This was a really tough decision, but I’m glad I was able to make all three of them extremely happy!
I was able to spend a couple days in Connecticut this weekend with family for Easter. Sometimes it’s great to get away for a bit to recharge my batteries. I hope you all had relaxing weekends as well! I will post later this week after I meet one of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin, Tuesday night at the Upper West Side Barnes and Nobel location.
Stay fit and fabulous,