for me, my story is new york city.
this blog post has been a long one in the making as i wanted to choose my words wisely. earlier this summer i decided to leave my home in brooklyn and close the chapter to what has been three of the most epic years of my life...
three years ago, i received an opportunity to move to nyc; an opportunity that rocked my world completely. i had been living in los angeles but was feeling stuck in a rut and complacent. i had a great job with amazing mentors where i was learning something new everyday .. but still something was missing. so when i got the call offering me a job in manhattan, i said yes and didn't think twice about it. within two weeks i packed up my life, broke the lease on my apartment in west hollywood, shipped my car back to hawaii and off to the east coast i went.
i can only describe new york city in one way : a place full of dreamers who do anything but sleep. there really is something special about living in the city; you feel it the moment you lay eyes on the skyline.. an energy like no other place in the world. the beginning wasn't easy. actually, i'd be lying if i said living there didn't suck at times. ever wanna know what it feels like to be completely alone even though you are surrounded by thousands of people? i hope not, but new york city can make you feel that way. its all part of the experience, one of many experiences that changed me.
it was a great ride and i don't regret a single second of my time spent out east. if someone were to ask me to list five things that new york city taught me, i'd tell them this:
and when all is said and done, all i can say is, thank you to the people i have made such positive connections with in this city. never have i lived in a place surrounded by so much inspiration built by hard working individuals who aren't afraid of the hustle. call it cliche, but i absolutely believe that if you can make it in new york city, you can make it anywhere.
as for the future of dolkii. hawaii is where yasmin and i planted the seeds, but brooklyn is absolutely where this company has blossomed. we will continue to grow and evolve each day as we will now plant our roots in los angeles & hawaii. this summer will bring about major change to our brand, concept and involvement with the community; yas & i are so excited for whats to come.
but for now .. hello LA. i believe i have some unfinished business with you.
a hui hou new york city! it's been epic.
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