New Year. New Chapter.
I know it’s been a while since my last post, but as you have seen on my Instagram account, 2018 ended very differently than it started. I moved to a new city, started a new career, both of which have impacted every part of my life. And to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out how to manage everything… including my blog!
In early August of 2018, I was offered a position as Trade Advisor at the French Embassy Trade Office in New York City. After having worked in 3 similar offices in Athens, Tokyo and Hong Kong, I am beyond excited to join the New York office.
How did I get the job, you asked?
Back in June, I sent my resume to the head office in Paris inquiring for any openings within the US market, based on my experience and skills. As much as I hoped for a response, I knew the chances were very slim simply because of the large number of resumes I was sure they receive daily. But shortly thereafter I received a response! It was regarding a position in their New York office. To say I was excited, would be an understatement. For me, their response meant so much more than just a job offer. I seriously couldn’t believe my email had been forwarded from France to the North American teams.
A month later, I flew to New York and I started my new job. Yup, you read that correctly. It all happened so quickly. Ken and I decided to rent a furnished apartment while we researched neighborhoods for our new home. For about a month, we lived in a very New York feel, 4th floor walk-up apartment in the Upper West Side. Even though the apartment was clean and quiet, it was definitely an adjustment for both Ken and I, especially coming from our Texas sized loft high-rise in Dallas. With the kitchen being small, tiny closets, window units, and the washer and dryer nonexistent, the reality of what living in New York would be like hit us hard. Having an elevator and an in-unit washer and dryer quickly became a priority in our search for a home. After weeks of online research, street wandering and apartment visits, we found our home sweet home.
By October we moved in our new home; a clean and bright 1-bedroom apartment facing the Hudson River and New Jersey. Living and working in such a fast moving city, it’s relaxing to watch the cruise ships and smaller boats come and go from the nearby piers just outside our windows. Our new apartment is definitely smaller than our previous homes in Dallas, but it has everything we need.
Our new home is located in a beautifully designed 500-unit luxury high rise in the vibrant and very gay neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. Not only are we surrounded by restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, bars and theaters, we’re also just a short walk away (New York standards) from Central Park and my office. In other words, I love our home and I hope you do too!
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