While at the beach over the long weekend, I realized that today (June 1) calls for celebration in my life–for three reasons! Monday marked five years since I moved to New York. Two years ago, I reflected on what it means to live in this crazy city. Today, I’m celebrating three pieces of my life that likely wouldn’t exist without this city.
First, today is Global Running Day! People across the globe are meeting for group runs to celebrate. I’m not sure if I would have become a runner without this city. I grew up as a dancer. I dreaded the mile run in gym class. But after watching the charity runners in the 2013 New York City Marathon, I was inspired to run a half marathon with the Leukemia & Lymphoma society in April 2014. Since then, I’ve run six more half marathons, two Ragnar Relays, a full marathon, and a handful of smaller races. I cannot wait to come full circle this November and cross the 2016 New York City Marathon finish line. Running has inspired so many things in my life–adventure, humility, friendship, confidence–and I’m so grateful for that. Cheers to all the runners out there!
I’m also celebrating the fifth anniversary of my first day at work. I started my career in Research & Analytics at Ketchum, a global public relations agency. At the time, I wasn’t sure it was the right career path for me, as my role was more left brain than right brain. I spent a year and a half there before moving on to 360i, where I worked on the Insights & Planning team before creating my own role a year ago on the Influencer Marketing team. The role was the perfect balance of right brain and left brain. As you know, last month I made another transition (after 3 years) to my current company, Mekanism. In my current role as a Senior Digital Influencer Strategist, I’d say I’m now using more right brain than left brain.
I’m also celebrating the first anniversary of my (second) first date with B. Let me explain. During Summer 2013, before my blog existed, I met B online. How appropriate for a blogger, right? We dated for about two months before I decided to break things off. Two years passed. We texted. A whole lot of life happened. Last year, I finally agreed to catch up over pizza and wine on June 1. We’ve been together ever since. After being single for (almost exactly) four years when I moved to New York, I’m so thrilled that I shared Year 5 with B. We’re moving to a new apartment together in Brooklyn later this month. And our official anniversary is in early July. Our relationship is proof that timing is so important in a relationship.
And finally, it’s worth celebrating the fact that today is the first day of June. It’s summertime! I’m looking forward to outdoor workouts, rooftop cocktails, beach weekends, marathon training, and more. Are you celebrating anything this month?
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga