With my 4-month mark of living in the city coming up, it was only fitting that I add a New York City section to Magnolia Mélange.
Whoa, whoa, whoa back up a second… IT’S BEEN 4 MONTHS ALREADY?
I decided to write this post so everyone back home can get a little glimpse into how I’ve been adjusting to this drastically different lifestyle. I’d be lying if I told y’all my transition has been a walk in the park, because it has been anything but that. BUT, I follow that statement with the fact that I wouldn’t trade my decision to move here for the world.
New York. New York is exhilarating. New York is fascinating. New York is beautiful. New York is challenging. New York is full of opportunity. New York is also exhausting, expensive, dirty, and a lot of parts smelly. But, New York is home.
The word I like to use to describe my apartment, which is nestled in the heart of East Village? Cozy. It’s tiny, but it’s perfect. Sarah and I have everything we need – our own bedrooms, a living room and “kitchen”, and what we like to call our own balcony (really it’s just our own fire escape, but so what?!). Living in the East Village has been a dream – surrounded by the cutest restaurants and bars, this neighborhood is so lively and full of personality!
Working and living in the city is also an entirely different experience. I’m not going to lie, getting used to working nine-ten hour days has been a challenge. But with those long days comes the opportunity to foster new friendships, learn the ins and outs of the business, and continue to excel in my career, which has been so rewarding.
A day in New York City is a day unlike any other. I have never had the same day twice. Sure, you wake up at the same time every morning and go to work, but there’s no telling how you’ll end your day. Maybe you grab a drink with friends from work, maybe you get off at a different subway stop and find yourself wandering around a new area as you make your way home, maybe you find yourself listening to musicians in Washington Square Park, the options are endless.
There’s a quote that I’ve seen on more than one occasion lately, and it’s really stuck with me – “Some people visit New York for the culture, you’re here to help create it.” So yes, moving to New York has been one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my life thus far. But I have never felt more alive, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the future.
Thanks for letting me ramble about my new life in the city !!