This is hard. I’m not sure what I expected it to be like, but I definitely underestimated how challenging this is.

We were so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people back East that I had no clue that the rest of the world is not the same. Yes, I expected cultural differences but I didn’t anticipate the level of disconnect I experience on a daily basis.

keep a positive thought because a positive thought can not be denied

This mantra was painted in the wall of my second home as a youth, The CityKids Foundation, a non-profit youth empowerment organization that helped to shape and mold me into the person I am today.

At CityKids, I found a safe space where I could be all parts of me without worrying about being judged. It was in that hallowed basement, that I embraced and healed my fractured spirit.

And today, I’m using the lessons I learned at 57 Leonard Street to help navigate and process the grief, isolation and doubt that this move has unearthed.