In case you missed it …
Against popular belief, the announcement that we are moving to New York in last week’s Friday Favorites post was not an April Fools’ joke.
Scott, the fur kids and I are, in fact, moving to the NYC area … tomorrow!
After letting our family and friends in on our decision, we have received all different kinds of reactions. Some think it’s awesome while others think we’re crazy. I get it, and to be honest, I was on the crazy side just a few months ago.
It’s hard to say what you would do in a situation like ours unless you’re actually living it.
For those of you who are newer to the blog or unfamiliar with our story, here’s the quickest summary I can give:
Boy meets girl while working together in Orlando, Florida. Girl falls for boy. Boy has a successful career in entertainment, and he shares that if they ever got serious enough to get married, girl would have to accept the fact that he follows the opportunities, wherever and whenever they may be. Girl states that she will never leave her home state, she will never live where it snows, and the two laugh it off any time it comes up.
Three years later, boy gets laid off at work. After over a year of wedding planning, boy and girl get married two weeks later. After a year and a half of constantly looking for the right job, boy gets an offer in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Girl reluctantly moves away from everything she knows for boy’s job, but she finally realizes that it’s okay to explore life outside of her Southern bubble.
Three and a half years later, boy gets laid off said great job (again), and the two are left to decide where to go next. After four months of looking for the right job, nothing comes through. After a specific “in the bag” job both girl and boy thought they would be moving out West for falls through, they are at a loss. Boy mentions the idea of going where the most opportunities in entertainment and fitness are, and the two spend months researching different cities, costs of living, and take trips to see what it’s like from a local perspective.
Boy and girl are completely overwhelmed. The decision is impossible to make, and it’s tempting to return home to where girl is from. She’s comfortable there, but what about boy’s job? They’ve been jobless (while actively looking) for over a year there before. It’s hard. It’s stressful. And it requires a lot of prayer and patience.
After many, many conversations together and with friends who have fallen for the city life, girl and boy decide to move to New York!
The New York City area has always been an exciting place to work, but girl has had reservations. It wasn’t until their last trip to the city when girl actually saw herself living there. Working in the city is appealing, but living outside of it in a more spacious, greener environment seems perfect.
Neither boy or girl will have a car (hence, no car payments), and this is wonderful thing. Girl hates driving, especially in the snow and in traffic. Girl used to be afraid of relying on public transportation until she actually gave it a chance, and in turn, she realized this is also a wonderful thing. Both girl and boy are looking forward to walking to basically anything, any time of the day.
I guess that catches us up!
Like I mentioned above, coming up with the idea to move to the NYC area didn’t happen overnight.
Yes, we know how much it costs to live near the city. Yes, we realize that we won’t be driving cars. Yes, we still plan on starting a family. Yes, we are taking a risk … but it’s calculated.
The extremely high cost of living comes with endless opportunities for Scott and I in both of our careers. If you happen to get laid off, there are plenty of other jobs right around the corner. Literally.
As scary as it sounds, making our next move a move to the Northeast just makes the most sense. We gave away a lot (and sold a ton, thanks to Craigslist!) in order to downsize, and we are keeping what we want for a future home in storage. Finding new homes for things we won’t really miss feels liberating. It’s like the best Spring Clean ever.
On top of all of that, we already have more than a handful of friends who live throughout the different boroughs. My very best friend from middle school has been living just outside the city and working as a professional dancer on Broadway for over ten years!
The thought of being just a subway ride away from her and others makes me so happy.
We are currently in the process of locking down a place to call home, and in the meantime, we are very grateful for friends who have graciously offered a temporary home to us. (We’ve been searching high and low for months, but it’s nearly impossible to snag an apartment without actually being there in person to do so.)
As much as I want to settle down into a nice sized home and fall into more of a quiet life and routine, there is a part of me that has always wanted to live in a big city. Go big or go home, right?
I’m nervous, but I’m way more excited to see how this adventure pans out for us and our future.
Thank you for all of your encouraging comments related towards our move, and I am absolutely elated to share our journey with you.
As you can imagine, there is a lot to do and only hours left in Michigan to do it in. We hired zero help for this move, so we are packing, moving, and driving a U-Haul over to the Big Apple. We plan to depart sometime Wednesday morning with coffees in hand and fur kids on our laps. It will be interesting, I’m sure.
We will be spending the majority of our first few days (hopefully not weeks) looking for an apartment, so I probably won’t be able to check back in until Friday. You can always get a sneak peek into what we’re up to by following LIL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat (username: lifenleggings).
I wish you all a great rest of the week.
Thanks again for your sweet comments, and I’ll see you in New York!