If you ever want to make something happen for yourself, just start casually dropping it into conversations. Just saying things out loud is half the battle sometimes. At the end of the summer, I mentioned to a few people that I wanted to ditch my work studio and move to California for the winter. Then I told a few more people. Then a few more. Then oh shit everyone knows, so I guess I better follow through. I found a subletter for my apartment (which I am keeping) within 15 minutes of putting it out into the universe. Oh shit. This is happening. Then I handed over my studio keys on January 1st and said goodbye.
I thought I would feel a twinge of sadness saying goodbye to the workspace that launched my business headfirst into the world. My 1000sq feet of Brooklyn riverfront real estate heaven. Instead, I never even turned around for a second glance. Zoom, boom, free. I will miss those windows, but not the crushing rent and the endless industrial dust. And certainly not the chicken slaughterhouse across the street on a hot day in the summer. When I moved in, the road outside was an honest-to-god dirt road. Now the rent will be 33k a year.
I've lived in New York for 12 years, and feel ready see what else is out there. My business is finally fluid enough to travel and why not. You only go around once, and the only thing scarier than leaving is staying put. Here's to new beginnings, new endings and a new year.