Growing up, my stomping ground here in New York City was the Upper West Side. My mom and I would spend so much of our weekend eating cake in the cafe at Barnes and Noble after walking the aisles, shopping for shoes at Harry’s Shoes, having lunch and dinner at Ollie’s and escaping to the movie theaters on 84th or 68th or 66th.
So it made sense that when I became an adult and chose the NYC neighborhood to raise a family, I’d pick a place I knew very well. My daughter learned to walk on the Upper West Side sidewalks near Riverside Park and my first son soon followed her. We would throw birthday parties in Central Park and celebrate Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History.
But shortly after my third child was born, I wanted a change. A change that no one else could understand. I wanted to move across town to the Upper East Side. I spent so little time on the Upper East Side growing up that it was a foreign country in a way. Besides visits to the museum or a department store, I rarely set foot across town. It was a neighborhood that totally didn’t make sense for me to choose.
And there I was deciding to leave my beautiful three bedroom, 2 bath apartment with my kids for unchartered territory. I started looking for apartments. And found one. Sight unseen, I signed a lease for a tiny two bedroom, one bath apartment in a neighborhood where I knew no one and knew nothing about.
I told myself to BE FEARLESS. And I remember those two words every time I need to take a new step in life. It makes sense that I would also get that engraved on my new CROSS as well. CROSS asked me to share a #LongStoryShort of a meaningful, lasting moment with all of you. And with the holiday season upon us, having getting personalization makes for a #WriteGift for many people on your gift list. Especially if it can remind them of a special time you share with them.
Disclosure: This is a compensated post.