hello august.

This past weekend, August began.
August is the month we originally moved to New York.
This past weekend marks 8 years.
I can’t believe that I am old enough to have lived somewhere 8 years as an adult.
And I can’t believe I’ve lived in New York for that long. Seems shorter. Or maybe longer.

I used to think how neat it would be to live in a city. I thought the city would be Boston and I thought I would just like it for a year. I wanted to experience each season in the city, and then I wanted to move to a smaller town where I belonged. But as life unfolded, the city was not Boston and the commitment was not 12 months. It was a bigger city for a longer time.

And now, oddly, it’s just home.

After years of wrestling and hating it here and wishing my life was not so urban, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’ve been sucked in. I’ve stopped analyzing every little thing about New York. There are stinky parts about New York and great parts about New York…just like anywhere. And at some point during the last couple of years I lost my balance sheet and the goods and bads stopped meaning so much.

And that’s been such a relief.

It’s much easier to just like the place you live.



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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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8 Responses to hello august.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I know the NYC can be stinky but I love it too.
    Eric

  2. erin says:

    I'm so glad you and NYC are at peace with each other. I sometimes think how great it would be to live back in Vermont but I'm glad I'm where I am too.

    I love this page. The black and white photos juxtaposed with the cheery Easter eggs is just so cool!

  3. Ladkyis says:

    I spent a long time longing to move back to the country when we first moved into this house. Now I realise that while I would like to have the country life again I want it in this house please. With all my stuff and just ten minutes from the city centre. It can't compare with NYC but now I really don't want to move out.

  4. Plume says:

    As much as I love NYC, I actually can't wait to move out. I always thought I was made for the city, but having kids has made me realize otherwise. But moving out is not a possibility right now, so might as well suck it up. Maybe it will take me eight years too to come to terms with it? :-P

  5. Kirsten says:

    You arrived in August? No wonder it took you and NYC a while to come to terms. Not a good introduction. :)

    I arrived May 5th. That's like NY showing off its best side. ;)

  6. Firefly says:

    You're so good at New Yorking, in the end.

    Made in Gloucester just doesn't have the same ring to it.

  7. Rhona says:

    I've moved a number of times and know how unsettling it can be. So glad you're now at peace with living in NY and just enjoying life!

  8. ComfyMom~Stacey says:

    I understand. I hated the country when we moved here 13 years ago. But after awhile you adapt & make the most of it

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