You can have the life you want.

Yes I fail at posting recently. I spent a week in NYC with my parents and a few friends, and it is official: I must live in NYC at some point in my life. The energy, the people, the lifestyle is so much different (better?) in comparison to Chicago. One highlight was running into Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo, one of my favorite bloggers. Her life is amazing. I started following her four years ago, so it was exciting and intimidating when I ran into her and her little son in Greenwich Village. I'm pretty sure nothing I said made sense when I approached her, but she was so kind and easy to talk to!

I love these words of advice she shared on Refinery 29:

"When I was in my early 20s, I felt unmoored. After college, I moved to New York City by myself. My apartment had mice, I was very single, and I was so broke that I would skip getting tomatoes on my bagel because they cost fifty cents extra. I was trying to have my Mary Tyler Moore moment, but wasn’t sure how. Was this it? 

"Then, one day, I magically stumbled upon the best advice I’d ever heard. In a blog interview, photographer Stephanie Congdon Barnes said: 'You can have the life you want.' It was just the encouragement I needed. You can create the life you want. You can figure out what exactly that means to you, and instead of getting caught up in an imagined rat race, you can work hard, grow in your career, spend time with your family, ride your bike by the river, eat too much spaghetti, have friends over for wine and cheese, go on vacation and take funny photos… I suddenly felt like it was possible. I could carve out the life I wanted. Ten years later, I remember those beautiful words almost every day."

Washington Square Park


Quindome said...

Yeah, that post struck a chord with me too! I feel nerdy if stuff on blogs inspires me, but sometimes it just does.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, kathryn, thank you so much! you are so sweet:) it was really great to meet you, i was totally flattered and it made my day:) xoxo

LeSueurs said...

So inspiring! I constantly have to reming myself that I control my future! Thanks!