I Am Proud Of You

Today marks one month of officially living in New York! I am beyond blessed and proud of the roller coaster of emotions I have experienced these past four weeks. From struggling to feeling comfortable in my own apartment, to starting my new job, and even exploring the city as a whole. To be honest, if I was writing this maybe two or three weeks ago, I would’ve mentioned how sad and lonely I felt being here. Maybe even go as far as regretting the move cross-country. But as the days and weeks went by, I felt more and more at home.

I wanted to reflect on my 30-day progress and my journey here in New York that has helped me.

Morning Routines

I’ve developed some good habits while being here. I purposefully did not bring any video games because I knew that it would distract me from concentrating on what I want to do. I would’ve probably spent my free time and hours just playing 2K. But, instead, I packed a ton of books! I am on my way to finishing my second book as we speak. I’ve created a list of things to do or try to do to help keep me busy.

My list consists of:

  • Meditating in the morning for at least 5 - 15 minutes

  • Reading at least a chapter a day

  • Drink more water

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

  • Writing down on my journal

  • Start to learn to cook

  • Take care of plants and buy more

  • Keep my room clean and organized

These have helped me mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and all the above! I’ve definitely seen progress and hope to continue these morning habits.

Adventures Within 30 Days

I am very extroverted and love to explore. I enjoy meeting people and seeing new places that I’ve never been to before! This, I believe, is super important to a healthier lifestyle - to keep up with your social skills and being able to interact with people (with masks on, of course).

Here is a list of places I have checked out:

  • Central Park (my cousin’s 26th birthday): a little back story, she also moved to New York earlier this year so, we’re able to explore this wonderful new city together!

  • Washington Square Park: I read my book and drank my coffee as I watch people skate, perform music, dancing, and just having the time of their lives.

  • SoHo: I did a little self-care day and walked around SoHo by myself. I ate some bomb pizza, checked out some cool stores, and just took some pictures along the way.

  • Williamsburg: beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn where it overlooks the water and, you can see Manhattan from the other side. It’s a great place to eat, hang around, and a bunch of parks nearby that I also went to read and listen to music.

The list can go on and on about every detail that I’ve done but, going to these places made me reflect on my journey here. Being in a new city and exploring it on my own has given me the biggest high I’ve ever felt. It made me feel whole and just proud to be here.

Along the way, I’ve met new people. I’ve met my coworker and their friends, I’ve met up with an old friend from back home, and I also hung out with my roommates! New York has taught me to not be afraid. Don’t be scared to meet new people and also don’t be scared to be by yourself. Back at home, I felt it was easier to hit a friend up because I spent most of my life there knowing a ton of people. Since I don’t know anyone here, it’s given me the time to just walk around on my own and just be by myself for a change.

I was able to experience going to New York apartments and rooftops with new friends as well. Overlooking the city is one of the most life-changing experiences for me. I’ve never seen a city that’s made you feel so small and big at the same time. Knowing that this city can just motivate and inspire you to become the best version of yourself is truly inspiring.


Lastly, I started my new job! It’s a new experience learning everything via Zoom and crazy to think that it’s going to be like that for the next couple of months. But still, I’m glad to have new coworkers that I can also call new friends. It helps to socialize even if it’s online to gain some new experiences and knowledge. One question that we had a discussion with my onboarding class that we had to share was:

“what are you most proud of”?

As we all share our stories, it made me think. What was I most proud of? I shared my story about moving cross-country during a pandemic even though people told me it wasn’t the best idea. I knew that it was because I knew I wanted to be here. I knew this was the place I wanted to be at and grow, whether the circumstances. Life is too short to not go after what you want. I’ve learned that along the way. And now, being here for a month, I’ve never been happier.

Although I started my new job, I came to New York to also find a passion of mine. My purpose in life. I don’t want to go too much in detail, but being here in New York, I believe, will help me get closer to what I want to do and find out what that is. I’m excited for what the future holds for me and share it with all of you in due time!

As I wrap up this reflection of how it was living here the past month, my mood today has shifted. It has shifted to being ecstatic and happy that I moved here. I looked at my mirror and told myself,

“I am proud of you.”

I am proud that I came here. I am proud of my accomplishments and my goal to get here. This has been my most proud moment as of lately. Even through tough times with everything going wrong in the world, I am at least happy that something is going right for me. So I say this to you. If you want something - go for it. If you’re proud of something you’ve done recently then BE PROUD. These are moments that we cannot take back, and at this moment, it is important to embrace what you’ve accomplished. If you have a desire and a need to do something, then work towards that.

I am proud of myself and I am proud of you! Let’s continue to work on our goals and be the best version of ourselves every single day. When life comes knocking you down, you get back up even stronger.

With love,

Another Lost Boy