NYC Grind

NYC Grind

 

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”. 

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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. 

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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. 

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*Jacket is Zara [men’s], Jeans are New York and Company, T – shirt is Zara.* similar listed below

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve lived in the Bronx up until last year when I decided to move to Westchester county, NY for a little more quiet. The city has it’s perks but I am tempted to move to Jersey or some other small city. The rush is fun but it can be overwhelming. When you’re extremely tired and the trains decide to run on a different schedule, yes you remember.

    My love/hate relationship with NYC. But the convenience of being able to come back in the city for a few is excellent.

    9.21.16 ·
    • It’s so crazy the hold that NYC can have, right? It’s beautiful and stressful all at the same time. BUT – I will say, Jersey isn’t so bad if you’re really looking for a change. 😉

      9.21.16 ·
  2. Dani says:

    Love this! And it is so true! The NYC is pretty amazing at times, and the exact same time very taxing. And when you’re in it, you don’t even realize it fully until you leave. I love what you said about having the option, and I feel that brewing in my heart these days too. I imagine that New York (read: Harlem) will be my homebase for a while because my heart is happy here, but I also feel very open to the idea of living in other places and taking those timeouts when necessary. Who knows what that will look like…but it really feels nice to have the option.

    9.19.16 ·
  3. Khadeidra says:

    Loving the fresh look on the MY site!! I think it’s great you got to live your dream! I live in Queens and I. HATE. IT. Lol. I can’t wait to live in The City, but I can’t help but wonder if living in the city will make me appreciate the slower pace, almost like your experience!

    9.16.16 ·
    • That was my experience BUT while I was there, you couldn’t tell me NOTHIN. It’s great when you’re trying to build a business as well. Orrrrrrrr you can just skip the NYC life and move to NJ. 🙂 #justsayin

      9.17.16 ·
  4. Faith says:

    I miss the city everyday and whenever I’m there I feel like I’m home but I think it has to do with the fact that I was born and raised there. If we could go back I would in a heartbeat. But life does have a way of taking you places you never dreamed. I never in a million years thought I would live anywhere but NY but I’m in PA and I honestly love it here too 🙂

    Love your outfit, you look fabulous!

    9.15.16 ·
    • I didn’t know you lived in NYC >> or maybe I did. Was it near BK? But I agree, it oddly feels like home even though home is now NJ. Crazy where the world can lead you.

      9.16.16 ·

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