WHO AM I | Often people have urges to do something different with their lives, but don’t know what to do. I am totally one of these people! The only thing I know is that I want more, but where do I start? What do I do? How do I figure out what I ‘should’ be doing? I struggled with this for quite some time and found myself jumping around from one career to another. But, with every new year always comes the opportunity for a change and/or another chance to pursue dreams.
I first moved to the neighborhood in June 2006 and I hated it. I was waiting for the lease of my apartment to expire so I could quickly run to Astoria, Long Island City, or maybe even Greenpoint with the rest of the millenials. Truth is, I stuck out like a sore thumb and I couldn’t stand it. The white washed neighborhood I grew up in did not prepare me for what I was about to learn living in Elmhurst. I have always wanted to “fit in”, and Elmhurst showed me just how different I truly am. After the initial culture shock of moving here subsided, I began to appreciate the people, local foods, and of course the shopping. A full 12 month cycle had passed, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave. I signed the lease for another year, because barely scratching the surface of what Elmhurst has to offer simply was not enough. Fast forward almost a decade later and I have finally come to realize, I am Elmhurst.
WHY THE BLOG | Elmhurst embodies diversity. Diversity in culture, thought, and action. I come from an immigrant family, check. I think outside the box/circle, check. I do my own thing/I don’t worry about the crowd, check. I have strong opinions about the neighborhood and the changes coming about. Besides wanting to add value to my life, I want to do the same for you. Experienced, opinionated, and ambitious.
PURPOSE OF THE BLOG | The purpose of this space is to provide information about the Elmhurst community at the hyperlocal level. Essentially, I want this to be a platform for local artists, game-changers in the community, local businesses (physical and online), and anything else Elmhurst related. Interested in joining the team or have any suggestions? Email me.
iamElmhurst will include of both original and curated content. Nowadays, information is everywhere so it is important to provide curated content. I will sift through the abundance of information found online and present only the most relevant, useful, and up-to-date material. Original content will be written by myself and contributing writers, and each author will receive credit for their original work.
FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS | Each post will give you the ability to leave a comment, or you can also email me directly; comments, concerns, suggestions, questions, or anything really are warmly welcomed. I want to hear from as many people in the community as possible, because I want to make sure this blog is useful for you!