I am SO excited to announce the start of a new mini-series in the Collective: "Single In The City". Every time I visit New York I leave wanting more - more sights, more food, more of everything the city has to offer. I also come back feeling very refreshed in singleness. In cities like New York,it’s normal to be single in your mid-late 20’s or 30’s, chasing after your dreams and career. There’s less pressure to find that person and get married within months. Instead, I find myself in less conversations about boys, and more conversations about our passions and what we’d like to accomplish in life. It’s so different than Texas, and even the Christian bubble I’m surrounded in. It’s just nice to go somewhere and not be questioned about your singleness. I usually leave in an identity crisis: Did I miss my calling? Do I need to move to NYC? I have always loved performing. I started dancing at the age of two 2 years, and went on to dabble in broadcast journalism, singing, and acting. But I’ve never been the one to want to be the “star” necessarily- never tried out for the main role, and didn’t decide to do broadcasting in college because I struggled with insecurity and became content in being in the background. I never thought I was good enough so I didn’t pursue it. To this day, I miss it so much. I so respect and admire those who did say I CAN.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have LOVED the life I have. I’ve had incredible adventures around the world, and amazing jobs. But I wanted to feature some girls who said, “I can, and I will”, and moved to the big city to chase their dreams. Not all of them are performers or in the entertainment industry (that’s just what I related to), but they all had dreams and said “let’s do this thing.”
These girls in the next few collective stories all have their different reasons for moving to NYC, Boston and Chicago. But it’s the big city’s culture on singleness that I wanted to share with you that I hope you find as refreshing and motivating as I do. I hope that a girl reading this has dreamed of taking a risk to do something she loves, and is encouraged to do it by these stories. These are stories of girls who really went in open handed and said “God, I trust you.” This week you will hear from a girl who went from engaged in the mid-west to single in NYC, and what that has looked like for her. And it’s so dang good. Check back in Wednesday to read the first “Single In the City” story.