Moving back from NYC

One of my good friends (thank you Lindsay Lu!) made this for me (and one for my sister, too)…

It was taken at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Conference last June in NYC. It was that very trip that made Jane decide she wanted to move to NYC. I’ll never forget the feeling that went through my body when my sister told me that she wanted to try NYC. It was a feeling of sadness, emptiness and wanting to say please-do-not-move about a million times. But who was I telling her to stay? I had done the same thing 10 years ago and I had loved every single second of it.

But this was my baby sister. Fresh off a divorce. My best friend in the whole wide world. Moving to the “BIG CITY.”

Well… Jane did move. She moved in September (8 months ago)… as difficult as it was for me, I never once let on to her how sad and lonely it was without her “home.” You know how sisters are… there are certain inside jokes that only “she” gets. Who else can you totally vent to about Mom and Dad (my brothers just aren’t girls!). Who else can I call up at 9PM to come get a sundae with me? Who else could I go to to get an honest opinion on things (brutally honest)? It was a tough time.

To make a long story short, Jane moved back from NYC 2 weeks ago. I happened to be in NYC for work on her last day and drove home with her. There’s no words to describe the feeling I felt to know that my sister would be back “home” again. I still can’t believe I can call her up and know she’s a few miles down the road. I love it.

It’s just that photo that got me last night. I guess I had tried so hard to mask the feelings I felt about Janie moving, that when I saw the photo last night… tears just came to my eyes. That photo means more to me now than anything… I know the moment that photo was taken was the beginning of an adventure for my sister… one that she will always and forever never regret doing. She needed to do it… she needed some wings to fly.

And now those wings have brought her home.

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 3.27.10

    Beautiful, Audrey. i am so happy Jane is back and I love reading your personal posts. 🙂 xoxo

  2. 3.27.10
    Amanda said:

    What a sweet post! I sure hope that my two little girls think of each other as fondly as do you and Jane. Jane always has so many fantastic things to say about you so I hope we’re able to meet someday.

  3. 3.28.10

    Auds! Now you brought tears to my eyes. I had known you IRL and Jane online, but that day in NYC was the first I’d seen your sisterly bond in action- and it awed me.

    It was so cool to see two amazing women with shared history, supporting each other unconditionally. When we had dinner at Pastis that night and talked, I could just feel it. That unspoken safety net that you and Jane share that is really, really special. And I felt adopted.:)

    Love you guys, and so excited for Jane’s next venture in RI! Thank you for this, it made me so happy. xoxo, L

  4. 3.29.10
    Zippy said:

    Friends are great – but there’s nothing like family. What a touching post.

  5. 3.29.10
    admin said:

    Audrey! I love this! And I love that photo and frame from Lindsay. You are my best friend in the whole world, and have been since the day I was born. I missed you so much when I was in New York, but now I’m back and I love being so close to you and your family! I love you!!!!


  6. 3.31.10
    Carol said:

    Audrey, I totally relate to you and was in tears reading this post. My little sister did the same. She moved to FL from VA for 4yrs for her husband to attend college. I missed my nephews birthdays, I missed her pregnancy with her 3rd son and I missed the baby shower, and the birth. It was heartbreaking for me. We communicated online through facebook but many a night we would IM and just cry–so far apart. Sisters are the best kind of friends. Never take them for granted. 🙂

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