January 13th, 2014

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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. 
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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.

48 comments:

  1. I wish you find happiness.
    You have pure and great talent; you'll do well wherever you chose to be.
    All the best!

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  2. Welcome to California! What part of the state will you alight in first?

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  3. Congrats and look forward to reading much more on your journey please share:) xoxo a

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  4. Congrats and look forward to reading much more on your journey please share:) xoxo a

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  5. This is quite inspiring and I salute you. Wishing you evening peace and morning verve in your new adventure.

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  6. Good on you! Be well.
    -Tivey.

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  7. Go get 'em, girl!! California will be all the better for you, I'm sure! (and you for it, hopefully) ;-)

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  8. Well YAY for us Golden staters!! Welcome and enjoy!!

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  10. Congratulations and good luck to you, Amy! Looking forward to reading about all your West Coast adventures.

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  11. Go Amy! It's scary to let go of what you know... but like you said, also scary to stay put. And anyways, Love is always the best choice. Go you! ~Sierra, in Chicago

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  12. this sounds like a great start into the year. being in need of such changes myself, I will take your words and this post closely. keeping it as inspiration. good luck and a lot of fun with the new!

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  13. Always good to explore and have adventures! I left NYC after 12 years for SF. It was so needed. I returned a little over a year later but wouldn't change the time spent there.

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    1. Sometimes you just have to see, right? I am subletting my apartment so I can come back for work as needed and to keep my options open.

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  14. Congratulations! I feel lucky that I had the chance to take your wreath-making class in 2012. It was so much fun, and you were so encouraging. Best wishes for the future. Kristen

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  15. I did this in January 2013...left the cold and moved to LA and fell in love...too bad after 6 months I came back to now live on the opposite side of the world in SC for work. Either way, coastal living is best. I long to be back in Cali...the scariest part would have been if I never tried...Enjoy and take it in for all that it is!

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  16. How is it that just talking about a dream can somehow give it legs to walk around? Last Fall I told my husband in a casual conversation about my dream studio, and now I can't even believe we're already designing it and planning to build in the Spring!

    California sounds amazing and who needs that outrageous rent bill?! Congrats on the move!

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  17. Congratulations...and all the best!

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  18. sure hope you get to visit the flower growers in California...I can't wait to see your take on them and the light that will be available for photos! Enjoy!

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  19. This sounds like a wonderful change! I think you'll make a rather swell California girl. I can just see you walking the winter beaches of Big Sur...

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  20. Welcome to LaLaLand! Now we really must schedule a tea! It is a magical place - both the light and the dark - and particularly glorious when the rest of the country is in a polar vortex.

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  21. Welcome to LaLaLand - now we really must have that tea! This really is a magical place - both the light and the dark. And particularly glorious when the rest of the country is suffering a polar vortex.

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  22. Yes! So true! I wish you the best of luck!

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  23. Wishing you the best of luck and have to say, I am even more inspired to take the leap on decisions I have been putting off, because of fear, and the timing is never right and blah blah blah..life is short, sometimes we just have to really go for things, I am so happy for you! I SO enjoy your blog , it is part of my morning happiness when having a little "me" time!

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  24. I love this post Amy. First off, you are so right, sometimes just saying a goal aloud will propel it forward. I'm terrible about sharing my big goals with others, it's something I need to be better at! (Even if it's not set in stone, who knows, by sharing it, what will happen!)

    Second, congrats on your big move! I live in Brooklyn (been here for 11 years), and while I love it, I've also thought about trying a new location. Many of my friends have left NY, and are now pursuing creative endeavors in other cities (and in some cases - other countries!) If not now, then when? Right? I really look forward to seeing how you like Cali compared to NYC.

    http://www.melindadiorio.com

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  25. As someone who has moved between countries quite many times in the last 5 years I totally get that 'zoom, boom, free' feeling you describe. Congratulations and good luck in California!

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  26. Good for you! I loved NYC when I lived there, but I don't regret leaving. (I went the other way, to Maine.) Change is good! Have fun with your new adventure!

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  27. You are so brave! I've always wanted to do the same thing but in reverse (move from California to NYC)!

    By the way, if you need an intern while you're in Southern California, I would LOVE to help you in anyway I could! I actually started working for florists because I loved your work so much but there are few florists here who are as inspired and share your aesthetic.

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  28. This was such an inspiring post! I've always been very cautious about telling people my dreams and goals because what if they never happen? Then I will feel dumb, I guess? 2013 I finally announced a new adventure and got so much support from my family and friends. Strange coincidences happened and I am now on my way to making it a reality! I've been raising my two boys for 7 years... now I have the beginnings of a new career! Thanks to your blog which I started following so many years ago, I discovered that playing with flowers can be a real and creative career. I love it. So thanks for your amazing work and always having such wise and inspiring words for all of us!
    If you come up to San Francisco I'd love to assist sometime!

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  29. This was such an inspiring post! I've always been very cautious about telling people my dreams and goals because what if they never happen? Then I will feel dumb, I guess? 2013 I finally announced a new adventure and got so much support from my family and friends. Strange coincidences happened and I am now on my way to making it a reality! I've been raising my two boys for 7 years... now I have the beginnings of a new career! Thanks to your blog which I started following so many years ago, I discovered that playing with flowers can be a real and creative career. I love it. So thanks for your amazing work and always having such wise and inspiring words for all of us!
    If you come up to San Francisco I'd love to assist sometime!

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  30. exciting, Amy, best of luck in sunny california

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  31. This is quite inspiring!! thank you for share this with us! this is like blessing for some of my doubts, plans, wishes.
    Go girl- wish you lot of sunny days, shiny moments, good moods, new challenges- good luck!!

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  32. This is quite inspiring!! thank you for share this with us! this is like blessing for some of my doubts, plans, wishes.
    Go girl- wish you lot of sunny days, shiny moments, good moods, new challenges- good luck!!

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  33. This is quite inspiring!! thank you for share this with us! this is like blessing for some of my doubts, plans, wishes.
    Go girl- wish you lot of sunny days, shiny moments, good moods, new challenges- good luck!!

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  34. Inspiring indeed! It is always scary to make those leaps. I'm in Cali, Santa Barbara actually. Would love to meet you when your in the area... As a fellow floral fanatic. Look me up.

    Best to you,
    K

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  35. That's fantastic! Good on you for following your dreams and allowing them to happen :) Our biggest hurdles in life tend to be ourselves.

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  36. I went through the same experience just this past month! Gave up my beautiful studio keys with the gigantic sunny windows and now am on a mission to move back (a least for a little to my hometown Venice). I was already in California (but just the north). Los Angeles can be the best and the worst of all worlds but I've always been able to take the shit much better than other places.

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  37. Just catching up to your posts now. I can't believe that studio is costing $33k! When you wrote the article in The billfold you said it was only $18k a year…did it really go up that much in one year???

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    1. Wow you have a freaky good memory? It's been two years and yes, when I left they basically doubled the rent. That is New York for you.

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  38. You are adventurous. Congrats. You had me at the first line. Sometimes you've got to make things happen all on your own. I am going to be an interior designer. I am going back and forth in my mind. Should I attend school for 4 yrs and get my bachelors or should I get my llc

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  39. You are such an awesome adventure you inspire me I am deciding should I gets an LLC a portfolio and some flyers and start small or should I attend college for the next four years and get my bachelors and interior design what is your thought

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