End Scene, New York

I started watching Sex and the City again at the beginning of this year. It seemed appropriate; I was going through my KonMari purge and sifting through all the things I've accumulated over the course of the past 9 years, which felt very much like a re-assessment of my New York life. After I got over my initial annoyance at Carrie and crew's man-driven neuroses (what a difference in my personal perspective 18 years makes), I dove right back into the entertaining New York dating scene pastiche cobbled together in this series. And as I watched Carrie fall in and out of love and stumble through life in this maddening yet beautiful city, I said goodbye to my own version of a somewhat similar past. I thought at first that I was just bidding my single life farewell as I started my new life with Johan. Little did I know that I would soon be saying goodbye to my other great love.

Just as I was watching the final season of Sex and the City, I received some life changing news: I landed a job in Geneva, one that I have worked so hard to get and that significantly changes the trajectory of my career. I was thrilled to have finally cleared what once seemed to be an insurmountable hurdle — but my prize came at a cost. Claiming it means this could be my final season in my beloved city, New York.

My love affair with this city is one for the books. It's where I came to know myself and where I learned all the incredible things the world has to offer. I've been here for nearly a decade yet never tired of this fast-paced, ever-evolving city. This is the city that sets the standards for the rest of the world, and it has truly set the bar high for what I consider to be the best city to live in. While I am filled with excitement for this next stage in my life, I am also sad that my New York story is coming to a close. But, as I should have learned by now, I should never say never. I could fall in love with another city or we could find ourselves circling right back to New York in a few years. After all, life has always had a funny way of surprising me.

But one thing is for sure: You're going to be a tough act to follow, New York.