Some of you know that I’m a contributor for Refinery29, which is an amazing lifestyle site. R29 is a coolhunting site that has a lot of heart. It’s funny, witty and a great site for which to write. They’re a great client.
The offices are in the Financial District. I’m there about once a week to work on photo shoots. The address is 225 Broadway, so I usually robotically hop on the train from my apartment in West Harlem, head to the office with headphones on, work, then just as robotically hop back on the train and go home to file my stories. I don’t think much about it. I’m in go mode.
This week, I had a car pick me up after an R29 photo shoot, so I waited in the front of the building and that’s when I looked to my right and realized where I was standing: exactly one block away from the building where I held my last corporate job. I was staring up into the building where I made the decision to become a full-time writer, and on September 30, 2008, that’s exactly what I did.
So, here I was, standing on the corner one block away in the job that I’d dreamed about, staring back at the corner of the building where I used to stand at the windows, on nights just like this one, figuring out how I could get from there to where I was currently standing.
I marked the moment with a photo of the building and took a breath. Sometimes, when you stop and take a deep breath, you get space to remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be. I became that person I so desperately wanted to be when I was standing in that window five years ago.
And now I get to take a deep breath and figure out who I want to be five years from now.
Take a breath, stop and focus on yourself. Who are you and what do YOU want?
Great. Now, go get it. 🙂