As we approach our last week in New York I can't help but reflect on the good and bad things about this city. It has presented itself with so many challenges I can honestly say made me stronger and more aware of what's important in life.

I used to, for the longest time, have the mindset of living to work. My work was a driving force in my life, but I'm slowly converting to the latter thought of working to live. No better place to make that transition than the West Coast. I grew up there, and know how much slower and easier life can be.

My work will always be an important factor in my life. I'll continue to work hard, regardless of what that work may be. If it's designing, illustrating or training on my bicycle, I'll have had that time in the big city to remember as a major milestone and personal mountain I climbed and conquered.