Well, folks, we did it. The Boegem family up and left New York City and has landed in Hollywood, Florida. Some still seem to be in shock at news of this event. The transitions coach, yours truly, has undertaken such a massive transition that I’ve been feeling like my transition is in transition, if that’s even possible.
So let’s recap on the capital “T” Transition going on here. At the beginning of the year, I launched a new career. In the Spring, I undertook the project of changing my name (after 5 years of marriage) leaving the old Schneider in the dust. (This one has been way bigger than I thought it’d be). Over the Summer, after a melanoma diagnosis, I transformed my lifestyle, adopting a mostly vegan diet, changing my wardrobe to achieve better sun protection, tossing all my old skin care and beauty products in favor of pure non-toxic (and way better) alternatives, and picking up a long overdue meditation practice.
What better way to bring in Fall than a complete relocation – to another state, another way of living. We’ve gone from subways to interstates, strollers to car seats, snow to heat, an apartment to a house, and so much more. The little man went from crib to bed, old school to new school, old friends to new friends… he even has his own bathroom now (which I think I’m more happy about than he).
We’re settling in well. Adjusting to our new way of life has been quite seamless, I must say. I don’t miss taxis and subways, I don’t miss apartment living, and surprisingly I’m not even missing my beloved West Village. What do I miss? My friends. Ugh. I really miss my friends. I miss my girlfriends; I miss our couple friends; I miss my community. While I am excitedly looking forward to the new bonds, new connections I will surely make here in South Florida, as well as reconnecting with some long lost friends from a lifetime ago when I lived down here for a short stint, I am holding my New York power posse close to my heart. Ladies and gents – stay in touch – and better yet, come visit! We’ve got an extra bedroom now…