I’m moving to Germany!

Who’s surprised? Anyone? Anyone at all?

After my last big move—NYC to Melbourne, Australia in 2013—I told myself that I was done for a while. It was time for me to ignore the tiny (screaming) voice in my brain, the constant hum of gogogo, to settle down, and focus on my career.

Now, just three years later, I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten my foot in the door of the publishing industry. Not only have I published 2 novels, but I’ve also had the opportunity to work for both small and large publishing houses. Even better, I’ve launched New York City Writers Network, which is growing more every day. I’ve accomplished so much and I’ve learned even more—now it’s time to drop everything and gogogo.

A part of me feels guilty and irresponsible. I have a career now, more responsibilities, more obligations than I’ve ever had before. I’m growing an organization with the words New York City in its name. I’m constantly asking myself if putting my life on pause to travel again will set me back, be counterproductive, and in the end, possibly be a mistake. But you only live once, right? You hear it all the time, but how often does it really hit home?

Last year, I lost someone very close to me. It was sudden and painful, but left me with a new kind of will to live. Life is short, and if traveling means I’ll have less money, live at home longer, work a few more jobs I don’t love, take longer to reach my version of success, so be it. Seeing the world makes me happy, it makes me feel fulfilled, and if I die tomorrow, I’ll die truly having lived my life to the fullest.

So I’m off. I’ll be settled in Hamburg, Germany by August 1st, but not before jet-setting to London, Barcelona, and Paris for a few weeks first. While in Germany, I’ll be able to travel around the neighboring countries while also working remotely on the things that matter to me—NYCWN and my writing.

Maybe when I come back, I’ll have written another book. Maybe the NYCWN website will be bigger and better than it is now. Maybe I’ll be ready to find another job in publishing, maybe I’ll continue to work full-time on my own projects. Or maybe I won’t come back (Just kidding, Dad! I’m coming back!)

Only one thing is for sure: I’ll have a new experience, another valuable and invaluable piece of life that, unlike any job, business, or amount of money, will always be mine.

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