If there's anything I hate, I hate telling a story more than twice. So, here's my selfish attempt at sharing my life with you all so I don't have to do just that.
When I came back to NYC a year ago, the nagging question in my mind was: is this a season of sickness that I just need to push through, or is this a longer season that where I need to be in a place that's more sustainable health-wise?
Over the past 2-3 months, my questions have clearly been answered. Several doctors, friends, and family members have strongly encouraged, or even begged me to consider other options for other options for cities besides NYC.
A lot of this is due to developing orthostatic hypotension from Lyme Disease-- basically a fancy way for saying I pass out if I stand up in one place for too long. Which is no bueno for NYC living. Frankly, there is a difference between resilience and foolishness, and I realized ignoring the sage advice of both family and medical professionals would not be wise. I've also realized that it takes courage and bravery to also walk away. You know, saying no to the good things so I can say yes to the great things. So, In a couple of weeks, I will be making a transition back to the South.
From there, I will tag team treatment with a Dallas doctor overseen by my current doctor in NYC so I can be closer to home. I'll also continue to seek my natural therapies in Dallas with my ND as well as continue an aggressive round of oral antibiotics, but also IV antibiotics are also now in consideration. If you want to know more, I'll tell you more later and don't feel like elaborating on it now since we're not 100% sure yet what that will look like :)
But, please don't cry for me, Argentina! I am actually really excited about being back in the south -- which, if you know me well, this is a very strong sign this is of the Lord. I found last week when I was in Texas, I felt a lot better -- for many reasons that I won't get into right now (those pesky EMFs)! God has been slowly softening my heart to moving, and I've found myself yearning for the south and being back in the culture I love so dearly-- but, mostly being around the people I love so dearly.
As for what's happening with King's, that's a great question. I've always said I know a good gig when I see one. You know you have a great job when you tear up telling your boss that you have to leave -- I'm excited about what's to come ahead, but the thought of leaving my team is sad. Simply put, being at King's was never just a job to me. I know other people on staff get it, but I've invested so much of my life and heart in this place. I love the people, the mission, the students, and my team. They encourage me daily to be a better person, marketer, and always keep me on my A-game. To say that after three years, I think, is a rare and beautiful thing. For that, I am forever grateful.
But the story doesn't end there. I will be likely be working part-time remotely for King's to help with the transition, and I still have a ton of freelance work, so those things combined will still keep me very, very busy! And as much as I love lounging on the couch and binge watching Friends, I'd go crazy if I wasn't creating something and working a bit. It's who I am and what makes me feel most alive. (Can I get a holla praise for loving your job?!)
So here are the nitty gritty details I know you all want to hear: since my lease is up June 15th, I'll be moving out of my apartment around then. I plan on being in Dallas at my family's condo for the majority of the summer and will be taking side trips to spend time with dear friends in Houston and Austin, among other places. A lot of other potential travel also depends on the type of treatment I seek. More to come on that later. (It's hard to travel with IV stuff, swim, etc.)
next next steps
Then, at the end of the summer, I'm planning on moving to Nashville!
Why Nashville, you ask?
- The north meets south: there will be a reverse culture shock associated with leaving NYC, so this will be best of both worlds for me.
- Low cost of living
- Seasons-- I don't do well in heat health-wise
- Traffic isn't that bad (we're comparing to Austin here)
- Established community of other NYC expats
- Thriving music scene (something I've learned that I desperately need)
- Halfway between Texas in New York- within driving distance of Texas but can get up to NYC easily for doctor's appointments
- It also doesn't hurt that mark will be there too ;)
Something to keep in mind: plans are always subject to change, especially with Lyme treatment -- but I'm shooting for an August move date.
I'll be honest: I've fought this decision for a long, long time. I never wanted to view New York as a transient place, but as home. I wanted to invest my life into this crazy yet beautiful city, and I've met some of the most wonderful people who are quite literally changing the world (and have also changed mine: cue sap here). I've learned more about myself in the past three years than I could have ever dreamed of or imagined. Moving to the City was, without a doubt, one of the best things I've ever done. New York will forever and always be one of my greatest loves, and you can still expect me to be obnoxiously proud of the greatest City in the world.
But for now, I will lean into the story the Author of my life has written for me. Adventures await!