Life has gone from 0 to 60 and back to 0......and then back to 60 in the past several months. I obviously took some time off from writing and blogging, but it's time that changed. I'm feeling inspired and have plenty of news to share with you guys.
I usually refrain from sharing anything too personal, but I realized that speaking up about things that I have been dealing with, can do good for others. I have been sharing about dealing with my anxiety and depression for several months now and I have been blown away by the response I have gotten. I never pretend to have it all together or to have a "fix all" answer, but I do offer an honest look at my life and I can offer that I get it and I've been there like so many of you that also deal with anxiety and depression. But anyway, I digress, feel free to take a better look at that post here.
Now the reason for this post. I've made some big life altering decisions in 2017. The most obvious of them all is my decision to move to New York City. I made 3 trips in all this year to my favorite city, and each time it got harder to leave, and each time I came back, I fell more in love. I got such a great feel for Manhattan, more particularly Harlem, and saw that I could definitely see myself living and working there. So over a period of time, I started resolving to save and look at the numbers of what it would take to move across the East Coast. I'm really proud to say, that I worked my ass off and made leaps and bounds in being financial stable as well as setting aside what I set as my savings goal to be able to afford the move.
While I haven't set an actual date just yet, I am narrowing that down more and more each day. I was very fortunate enough to land a new job working social media that will potentially allow me to have a job even before moving to the city. Yes, I am one of those millennial that "work" out of a coffee shop on most days. While there are some comical stereo-types to people that do that, I can honestly say that it is a real job. It will really give me an advantage already having a job before and after my move to New York. Aside from moving and arranging my apartment, establishing a consistent income and finding a job are two of the biggest challenges anyone faces when moving to another city.
And obviously New York is expensive, so there is that. But when you really look at the numbers and weigh the advantages, it is quite doable. Rent is very expensive, but utilities are much cheaper in the city because water is free. Water is used to heat most buildings that don't have a central air system, Therefore you don't have to worry about your utilities changing very much if you are in a pre-war building. And as most people do, I'm planning to sell my car and make use of walking and the Subway. Not having to worry about gas, car insurance, or forking over rent money when my car falls apart, is also another huge advantage to living in New York. And you also can account that because the cost of living is more, the amount of pay for jobs in New York is much more than other cities like Atlanta.
I made sure to run the numbers and became very pragmatic about doing my research before I let the stars in my eyes blind me and set me up to not be able to make it in New York. That is really my best advice for moving anywhere. Make sure you can do it financially safe so that you don't stress yourself out and ruin the entire experience.
So that is where I find myself. I'm putting the final touches on my move and making sure I have all the details taken care of so that my move is smooth as possible. See you in a few weeks New York!
Wish me luck!