Hello again, friends! Apologies for my absence the last few weeks – it’s been a very, very busy past month or so for me. I’ve had lots of good news and a little bad news (hard drive failure is really good for setting you back a few weeks), but let’s focus on the good.
The Big News, if you haven’t already heard. I’m moving to New York on the first weekend in December to work for DailyLit, the company I interned for in 2009. Without getting into too many details, this is a wonderful opportunity that will provide me with even greater opportunities in the future. Basically, this is the start of me living my dream.
Now, I have a few lists to share with you:
1. Things You Have to Do To Move to NYC When You’re Me
- Go to the bank and get a debit card that doesn’t have your 17-year-old face on it.
- Get a new driver’s license since it expires in January
- Get your favorite shoes resoled so you can take them
- Buy a new winter coat and waterproof boots
- Decide what stays and what goes. Harder than you’d think.
- Figure out how to take as much stuff as possible in one trip. On a plane.
- Start missing all of your friends and family before you even leave.
2. Things People Ask You When They Find Out You’re Moving to NYC
- Do you have a job?
- Do you have a place to live?
- What kind of shoes are you going to wear?
- But you’re coming back for Christmas, right?
- Are you going to go to all of the late night shows and stalk celebrities?
- So is it going to be like Sex and the City?
3. Things People Will Say To You That They Probably Shouldn’t
- I know this guy who lives in New York and he’s single. Let me give you his number! You’ll definitely click.
- You know, it’s really dangerous up there. Are you sure you can handle it?
- Some people just have to get these wild hairs out of their system, and then they come back home.
- So, you’re missing Christmas with your family. How do they feel about that?
- Everyone in New York wears all black. You’ll have to get rid of all of your bright colors.
- Well, sometimes you just think you need to go “find yourself.”
I guess I can’t really fault all of the weird questions I’m asked. From the reactions I’m getting, most of the confusion is from people who haven’t been to New York. And yes, it can be a scary place, if you’re not being smart. But I lived there for a few months, and I’m completely comfortable with travel and huge cities. I’ve done a lot of traveling over the past few years. I’m looking forward to this so much.
Honestly, you’d think I was denouncing everything in my life and running away to join the circus. And this is such a big upheaval in my life that sometimes it feels that way. But don’t worry, friends – I’ll be back home at some point. Probably not to stay, barring disaster, but it’s not like you’ll never see me again.
So that’s basically what’s going on in my life right now. It’s been a bit overwhelming since it all came on so quickly, but I’m perfectly confident in my ability to handle it.
I’m really, really excited about this, regardless of how silly I may have seemed here. I think this is an incredible opportunity and I can’t believe my luck.
Thoughts? Advice? Interesting things? Inappropriate questions? I’ll take them all.