Hello, my stylish friends! While nervous at first, I actually enjoyed both times that I flew alone this year! I visited MKE (see pictures above and below text) to see relatives, once over the summer and once in the early fall for my cousin’s wedding. After spending quality family time, I left the mid west feeling fulfilled and refreshed; yes, it’s true, the “mid west nice” is a legit concept (coming from someone who grew up in NJ).
I also “left with more questions than I came with”, as my one gr. uncle would phrase it. Growing up, I always saw myself living in NYC: the fashion capital in the US. Throughout college, I bounced in and out of the Great Apple for fashion and retail-related events. The thrill from independent exploration, rush from navigating thick crowds, and excitement from being at the center of culture—I loved every moment of it. NYC will always be my favorite city and still has a special place in my heart.
However, visiting the mid west taught me that it’s time to look beyond the Big Apple for me to find that same thrill elsewhere. I see MKE as a snapshot of what I’m missing out on if I were to remain on the East Coast (especially within the tri-state area). While intense the first few times I visited alone, NYC became my comfort zone, telling me that it’s time to move on. Onwards, new environments and different groups of people will help me reach my full potential for personal and professional growth.