Lately I have really l enjoyed reading posts about more intimate parts of my favorite bloggers lives, i.e. Dani Austin, Brighton Keller, The Darling Detail, Amelia Liana, etc. And while I am definitely not comparable to them I would really like to put out the content that they have exemplified. So today I’m covering why I picked my life up and moved to a new city, where I basically knew no one.
One those questions I got asked every time I told someone I was leaving was, Why leave NYC? There were SO many reasons why I wanted to leave, but it all boils down to me being unhappy there. Since I was 14 I remember saying I want to move to New York after college and work in a fancy office building and walk to Starbucks every morning. That was not the reality. I moved to the Upper West Side for my first apartment, and while I loved the neighborhood, I was so far away from the hustle and bustle that it didn’t really feel the way I had always wanted. So, I made the leap to move to Mid-town East, before I say much else, this was probably one of the worst decisions I’ve made in life. The apartment was pretty and newly renovated and in an amazing location, just two blocks from Grand Central. But never the less, I grew to hate it there. It was noisy, things kept breaking in our apartment, we had mice, my apartment was the size of a shoe box and pretty much bankrupted me. I feel like I learned a lot from the 7 months I lived in that apartment however, I now know what type of environment I thrive in and have moved on for the better.
This one is pretty easy. While some people have thought of it as random, it was probably the easiest decision to make out of the whole process. I love the city, it’s a lot smaller and cleaner and it’s beautiful while still being close to home. I don’t think I’m ready to move out of a city environment yet and so I made Boston my next stop!
I got so many comments from friends and family saying I did it so fast and that it was so easy for me to change my life so drastically. I can totally see why it may look that way, but boy is that not true. Between finding a job in a place three hours away to trying to find someone to sublet my place. I can honestly say that there was a solid two weeks where I was eating maybe a granola bar a day because I was too stressed to eat or sleep. I like to think of myself as determined when I am really invested in something, since I felt like my overall well-being was probably the most important thing to worry about, I made moving my number one priority.
Some tips I’ve Gained
- Use a recruiter – while they are known for being a pain, let’s be honest, they know the job market way better in this new city than you do. My recruiter got me a solid amount of interviews which gave me some options and eventually led me to my new job.
- Craigslist – I know people always rag on it but I truly wouldn’t have found a sub-letter without it, just make sure you make a detailed post and be selective about who you follow up on. Plus, it’s NYC, my best friend found her apartment listed on craigslist!
- Lean on your family – and also your close friends, I was going a little crazy during this whole process and there were more than a few tears shed, without the support of my parents and friends I would have crashed and burned.
- Reach out! This one more applies to when you’ve got everything set and you are moving soon, I am not the most outgoing person but if you’re somewhere where you don’t know many people, really take the time to go through anyone you may know in the area. Even if it’s your cousin’s best friend’s sister, she could still be your future bestie!
- Focus on you – you’re making this move for yourself, so take the time to do fun things around your new city that you like, even by yourself. Decorate your room so it makes you feel at home. Just get comfortable, that will make you feel like you have a safe haven when your navigating this new adventure.
Overall I’ve been in Boston over a month so it’s still very new but I am LOVING it. Can’t wait to see what is to come.