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Go West, young man!

2012 June 5
by elizabeth_admin

image from, taken by Jeff Bellemare

I know things have been really quiet around here.  No, I have not been sewing.  Rather, I have been dreaming and scheming.  Big changes are coming up for my little family of two.  Jack and I are moving to San Diego this summer.  I want the little boy who lives with me to grow up near his grandparents and in a more suburban environment.  This is a big change for him and for me.  I’ve had my doubts and it sure has been kind of scary to make this decision.  I’m going without a hard plan in place, something I’m not used to doing.  It’s kind of like making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic and not being sure if you’re going to make it in time, but you just take a deep breath, close your eyes and turn.  And suddenly you’re there.  Wherever “there” is. 😉

I have considered this move off and on for a few years, but every time I have, I just wasn’t ready to leave New York.  I have lived here for 9 years.  I have lived here through a few jobs and a few relationships.  As nice as those were, the more lasting (not to mention more enjoyable and reliable) pastimes I’ve found here have been making mosaics and sewing.  I have made friends in this city and on-line that I know will withstand the tests of time and distance.  I fell in love with all my neighborhoods, but especially the Garment District.  I became the stereotypical New Yorker who hates leaving the confines of their own ‘hood.  I’ve hosted and been to many memorable dinners and parties.  I  have had the best commutes (one through Central Park looking for turtles in the ponds every day and then one just a block away from my office).  And let’s give a high five to everything bagels!  This city has been very generous to me.  The best gift of all that New York has given me though is my son Jack.  And for that, I will always be grateful to this city.

I bet you’re wondering what I am going to do next.  Funny, me too!  First things first, I will get Jack situated in our new home, and then I will think about my next chapter.  I have some ideas.  I know it’s going to be something different from what I’ve always done, but I haven’t pinned it down yet.  I am definitely leaving corporate America behind. I may even dye my hair purple again.  Or not.  Who knows.

One thing is for certain though: It’s going to be a grand adventure.  Life always is.  And I always land on my feet.

44 Responses leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012

    Ohhh, I’ll miss you! Let’s get together before you go, and please keep me posted on your going-away festivities!

  2. June 5, 2012

    SOOO excited for this adventure for you and Jack!!!! I love your attitude and verve. You will land on your feet for sure…and just think of all the money you’ll save on wine shipping!! Lots of love to you and Jack.

  3. Sue K permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Moving close to family is always a great idea. I lived in Carlsbad and absolutely loved it. I moved to KS for my job, but visit CA at least twice a year to see my family. When the kids were younger, it was great to have Mom and Dad to help out. Great choice, enjoy!

  4. June 5, 2012

    From your Orange County neighbor, welcome back to California!!!!

  5. June 5, 2012

    Exciting! I too am usually one who has to have a plan, but I can see the appeal of going where you want to be and then making it work. I am thinking that might be my plan in the near future. And on behalf of all the SoCal seamstresses – welcome back!

  6. SewOm permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Good luck! You’ll definitely land on your feet, and you’ll family there to help you and the little boy who lives with you thrive.

  7. cecilia permalink
    June 5, 2012

    How lovely for both your son and your parents – you are very generous to leave a place that you love.


  8. June 5, 2012

    Oh, congratulations! Being away from our kids’ grandparents has been really hard the last few years. I know it’s very provincial, but while New York was amazing, I can’t imagine how people raise families there. I know they do it—all the time—but I just can’t wrap my mind around it.

    Good luck!

  9. June 5, 2012

    Congratulations on your next great adventure. It will be a wonderful time for both of you!

  10. June 5, 2012

    Goodluck! Hope this ‘swerve’ gets you in the right direction. 🙂 I’m keping my fingers crossed for you and Jack! Go for it, girl!

  11. June 5, 2012

    Oh Wow – what an adventure! It is wonderful to have grandparents near by and I’m sure they are thrilled. And while I grew up with seasons, the older I get the more I like the sound of a San Diego climate. Congratulations and Good Luck!

  12. June 5, 2012

    What a great thing for Jack and for your parents. And a great adventure and change for you too! Good luck and keep us posted!

  13. June 5, 2012

    YAYYYYYY!!!! You’re going to be close to MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

  14. Shams permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Congratulations on making what was surely a difficult decision! Being near supportive family is nothing to sneeze at and I’m sure your son will soon learn the joys of suburban living. (Something my kids often and vocally lamented missing when younger.)

  15. June 6, 2012

    You go Girl! I think that is great. I live just a kilometre from my parents and my son LOVES it. He often says “Can we go see Yaya (Greek for Grandmother) because I just need a hug from her.” who am I to deny that – so we go because we can. I grew up with no Grandparents as my father was orphaned very young and my mother’s family is all in Cyprus (Dad’s would have been in Greece too but probably he wouldn’t have been in Australia if he wasn’t orphaned) so I think Grandparents are very important. I would love to move with my son somewhere exotic (to me) but I don’t because that would deny him something he really, really needs and wants. Jobs will always work out – this is great for your family (extended one too!) I bet your parents are thrilled.

  16. June 6, 2012

    Wow! What an adventure indeed. I wish the two of you the very best of luck! And I totally agree, it’s very nice for any kid to have family close by.

  17. June 6, 2012

    Best of luck with your move, whatever you end up doing I am sure you will be happy with Jack & also having your family nearby. Shopping the garment district online is almost as good as the real thing!

  18. June 6, 2012

    How exciting! Best of luck to the two of you 🙂

  19. June 6, 2012

    Good luck! It’s a huge move physically and mentally and I love the fact you have no hard plan – things tend to fall into place when you’re ready for them to! Home is where you lay your hat Elizabeth!

  20. June 6, 2012

    Congratulations on a huge decision! I know it will be so good for you both – when we take the leap of faith it always turns out perfectly. Good luck!

  21. June 6, 2012

    How I love that you’re doing this! Not because you need to leave or because you need to be in San Diego, but because you made the decision. YAY!!!!! Congrats!!!
    Now, go get packing to come to New Hampshire before ye head on west. xoxos

  22. June 6, 2012

    Oh my me. That’s so exciting, and nerve-wracking too. I know that when people ask me when I’m going to move from London (and it’s always when, though I see it as more of an if) I get the heebie-jeebies. To be honest, I can’t think of anywhere else in the UK I’d rather live than London, so if we do ever leave maybe we’ll come to San Diego. But I see how precious grandparents can be, and having some help and support raising a boy can only be a blessing. Good luck with the move and the upheaval, and in whatever you end up doing – also, I think you are doing an amazing thing to decide your own future, rather than hanging around wondering if you’d have such a change thrust upon you by the financial climate. Kudos.

  23. Elaray permalink
    June 6, 2012

    Wow! what a big change and a courageous move. Good luck and God bless.

  24. Lipstick Jane permalink
    June 6, 2012

    Best of luck to you & Jack. I remember when we moved from Georgia to Missouri to be closer to my grandparents. I treasure every moment I had with them. Jack will too. And just think about all the great & beautiful sundresses you can make for the lovely San Diego weather.

  25. June 6, 2012

    Good luck on your new adventure! I’ve made a few of those big moves where I wasn’t sure how it was going to all work out, but it always did. I have a hunch you’ll be successful wherever you go, however you want.

  26. June 6, 2012

    California Girl!

    I will miss running into you at Shake Shack & the august fabric shopping events, but hopefully you will come visit NYC for fabric shopping trips!!

  27. June 6, 2012

    You’ll be fine, I’m sure. It’ll be good to be close to family and the weather there is gorgeous. Hopefully you’ll visit NYC so we can (finally) meet up!

  28. Bia permalink
    June 6, 2012

    Surprise post, oh how wonderful Elisabeth! I think it’s great what you are doing, it takes some courage to move like that but know that everything will work out great for you and your little boy! Moving to be closer to your parents is going to be so good for both of you, good luck with everything, looking forward to your new adventures as a california girl!!

  29. June 6, 2012

    We share a house with my parents. You may not want to go that far, but it’s a great blessing to grandparents and grandchildren alike. Also, great for helping out parents needing some time to themselves 🙂 ! Good luck with your move; I’m sure all will work out wonderfully.

  30. June 6, 2012

    Best of luck with your big move! I know it’s all probably a little daunting, but you sound so positive in your post, and going into an adventure with that kind of attitude means it’s all bound to turn out brilliantly in the end, one way or another.

  31. Cayce permalink
    June 6, 2012

    there’s a sign you’ve been in NY too long [not driving] : you don’t actually close your eyes when you’re turning left….EVER. 😉

  32. June 6, 2012

    How exciting! New challenges might be a little scary at times but it will be so exhilarating when it all comes together. As I am sure it will.

    Good luck to you both and keep us posted on your plans x

  33. June 6, 2012

    Holy Sh*t Elizabeth!
    That’s so exciting!
    I love the seals in La Jolla.

  34. June 7, 2012

    I sooo know how you feel about leaving NYC. I have lived there all my life. I was born at Roosevelt hospital back when it was on 57th and 9th ave. I lived just an avenue away from the garment district. I went to school on 43rd street(Holy Cross) and high school on 33rd street(St. Michael’s Academy)

    We moved to NJ for the kids also. It was a hard move, but I see the freedom my kids have to play. Jack is going to love it and in turn seeing him happy and free will make-up for NYC. Also what better then to be close to family.


  35. June 7, 2012

    ALL the best. It’ll work out in the end – right after the scary part – the vacuum of the unknown.

  36. June 7, 2012

    This is going to be a great adventure! And an adventure that ends up in beautiful San Diego really cannot end badly.

  37. June 7, 2012


    A bold and couragous step.

    I wish you both happiness, great adventures, and a fabulous new life.

  38. June 8, 2012

    Elizabeth (+ the little man who lives with her) – bravo to you for taking this wonderful and positive step 🙂 I feel there are very good things to come from your moving home, I really do!

    All the best my dear – love & best wishes,

  39. June 8, 2012

    Oooh! Purple hair!?!?!?! I say yes!

    Best wishes on your move! How exciting – change is good.

  40. June 9, 2012

    whoa! I was without internet for a week so I missed all kinds of stuff! This is big news.
    Congratulations on coming to a decision, and I have to say San Diego sounds like a pretty sweet place to land. I’ve only been there a few times, but it blew me away.
    good for you! and for Jack!

  41. Vicki permalink
    June 11, 2012

    This is so exciting for you. So brave on one hand but also like going home. Wishing you all the best on the new adventure.

  42. June 14, 2012

    Good Luck and enjoy all that is new & exciting in San Diego.

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