Well, here it is...the long anticipated day of departure. I'm leaving New York today and moving towards the next chapter in my life. I cannot believe it is really here. The best way to describe what I am feeling can be summed up in one word: bittersweet. I'm caught in between two worlds at the moment. Torn between the world I became unexpectedly attached to and the life I've long been planning in order to achieve my dreams. One equally as important as the other.

This past year has humbled me in so many ways and I have grown more than I ever could have imagined. I grew close(r) to so many amazing people and saying I will miss them is an understatement. My world has been forever changed by the past twelve months and I am eternally grateful to the universe for making my life play out the way it has.

To be real with you, I'm literally sobbing as I write this. Part of me wants to just say, "Forget it, I'm staying," because it hurts too much to leave everything I have known here.

But

I know that if I stayed, I would be depriving myself of so many opportunities. Change can be terrifying, but change is also a great gift. It gives you the chance to evolve into someone better, someone stronger.

The reason I started this blog was essentially to stay connected with everyone that is important to me once I leave for Colorado. Thus far, I have posted about past adventures, new adventures and I will continue to post about my upcoming explorations out west. 

One of the last excursions I took in The Big Apple was basically my right of passage into "official" New Yorkerhood. I

finally

visited the Statue of Liberty, the fine lady who represents the city of neon lights. I also fulfilled a long time dream of mine to go to The Today Show and be a "face in the crowd" as my favorite morning show anchors report the news to the rest of the world. I spent the day with my friend, Caitlin, and it could not have been more perfect.

Someone is definitely watching over me because I have an incredible life and I am so unbelievably grateful for every piece of it...

{We woke up at the crack of dawn and headed into Manhattan with the business world}

{The morning rays looked stunning against the concrete and

glass of New York's famous skyscrapers}

{Concrete jungle where dreams are made of}

{What a great way to wake up everyday with adoring fans surrounding you. They've got it made.}

{Matt, Ann, Al, Natalie and crew get to constantly meet talented actors, artists, singers,

cooks, world leaders and other people with incredible life stories. They also get to travel

ALL

over the world sharing things with America that deserve to be in the spotlight.}

{The day Caitlin and I went, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were guests. Incredible!}

{Ann Curry on her way to learn how to create a deliciously edible spread}

{I've always been fascinated by news broadcasting and broadcast journalism making the experience all the more intriguing. Honestly, I would LOVE to have one of their jobs. They make such a huge impact on the world that it doesn't even seem like a "job" to me.}

{Ann even took the time between shots to get to know the people who have come

from all over the country and/or world to see The Today Show in action. She's amazing.}

{You can't be more genuine then that. She definitely has a heart of gold.}

{My favorite network by faaaaaar}

{Are you considered a tourist if you actually live in New York but do really touristy things there?}

{On the ferry on our way to Liberty Island}

{Welcome to the melting pot}

{Good girls gone bad, the city's filled with them}

{There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York}

{These streets will make you feel brand new}

{Big lights will inspire you}

{Let's hear it for New York}

{...and the amazing food on Liberty Island. Haha}

If I can make it there

I'll make it anywhere

It's up to you

New York, New York

~ Frank Sinatra

Ok, here goes...no turning back now.

It's not goodbye, just see you later.

Love always,

Kelsey

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