I’ve officially been living in New Jersey for a little over 4 months, and I’d have to say that sometimes I miss the NYC grind.
NYC has this way of consuming your energy in both good and bad ways… I can remember walking home from work and everything was so vibrant and alive. I also couldn’t believe that my 29-year-old self was finally living her 20-year-old dreams by living in NYC.
I was so proud to share my address and say that it was in “New York, NY”… and “I live uptown, in Harlem”.
Life has the crazy way of shaking you up, just when you think you’re settled.
I’ve NEVER thought, dreamed, or visualized living in New Jersey. Don’t they call it the armpit of the nation?
But now that I’m here, I can appreciate the option to jump back into the NYC grind when needed. I can get to Brooklyn, Uptown, Downtown and midtown in 60 minutes or less. I’m driving again, so I don’t have to expose my nose to the oh-so-wonderful smells of the city… especially hot, sweaty, summer smells.
I really miss being able to go to a happy hour event, blogger meet up, or media event after work – but now I’m able to make sure that I travel in for the big things. I used to just hop in an uber after work, rush hour or not, and go to anything and everything. Now, I have to be intentional since I’d have to leave work early to beat rush hour for an after-work event.
Life seems slower, and much more focused in New Jersey. I feel like I also have space to thrive at home. I feel like I also have space to thrive at home. I went from a 400 square foot studio to a 1500+ square foot, 2 bedroom apartment. I have an office. Like, a real office. Not a small IKEA desk that I used to write off as being 1.5 x 1.5 square feet on my taxes.
I feel like I also have space to thrive at home. I went from a 400 square foot studio to a 1500+ square foot, 2 bedroom apartment. I have an office. Like, a real office. Not a small IKEA desk that I used to write off as being 1.5 x 1.5 square feet on my taxes.
I feel better. About my life, my business, my relationship, and my career.
I know so many people who love the NYC grind – it’s “a thing”. It’s status, it’s the fly place to be — but I’m realizing that maybe it wasn’t the long term thing from me. Sometimes I forget that I’m really a small town girl from Connecticut and not a born-n-raised New Yorker.
The NYC grind was an experience. Something I needed to do, when I was doing it. And now it’s become an option.
I wonder if I’ll ever live in the city again. I know better than to try and predict the future now, so I’ll just say I’m open. To anything and every thing life changing.
*Jacket is Zara [men’s], Jeans are New York and Company, T – shirt is Zara.* similar listed below