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I'll start this post with a little story. I saw a lady whom I hadn't seen since my early college years, and she asked me if I'm dating, then proceeds with, "WOW, I thought for sure you'd be married by NOW!"
I was a little taken aback from her statement. I'm a young 20 something (turned 24 this past summer), out of college for only 2 years, still living at home with my parents since economic hardships prevent me from living
in New York City
on my own at this present time, but she expected me to already be MARRIED
Am I missing something here? I plan to have a career
before marriage anyway, so marriage is not really a priority for me. But speaking of my career...
As I stated in my last post, I went to NYC for the weekend, and let me tell you- it was absolutely grand! I stayed with my friend Nicky, and it was like a big college reunion! I got to see many of my guy and girlfriends I hadn't seen in at least a year, and it was great catching up with everyone! I had fun exploring the nightlife in Brooklyn, fooding, thrifting, and also attending Nicky's
show (she KILLED IT btw)! Traveling around the city, I kept bumping into Berklee alums- it was pretty awesome, and I did some networking with a few bloggers while I was there too!
I realized during the trip, in consulting with my girlfriends who are musicians/music industry folks as well, that I'm just going to have to take a leap of faith and move there (which is what they all actually did). I'm going to save a bulk of money from now all through the summer, and just go. The economy isn't holding me back, I am holding myself back. With my job now, I'll have a year more of experience in the specific field I want to work in, I'm more financially stable, and I might as well do it while I'm still a young independent! NYC is all about the grind, and that's what I have to do. I have to create the opportunity, not wait for the opportunity. Furthermore, I can't continue to worry about what everyone else thinks I should do. I am in control of myself, and now is a better time than ever to do it!
Really committing to this (I plan to move by the end of next summer), I'm going on a spending freeze. I have a certain amount of money that I WILL save before moving. I can easily get a job at a restaurant
to pay dem bills
while looking for a job... But I actually have a meeting coming up for a potential employment opportunity (career affiliated) in the city, so I'll keep you guys posted!
I'm of course not excited about this spending freeze, but I actually have come up with some ways to make this kind of fun! That'll be in the next post ;)
Another thing I realized while in the city, is that footwear is everything. I love to wear heels, especially heeled boots, and I actually survived all weekend wearing various pairs. My trick? Dr. Scholl's for her high heel inserts
. LIFE CHANGING. Get you some!
|H&M jacket (old), Gap Sweater (similar here), Rachel Roy scarf (gifted), Loft corduroy cropped trousers (similar here), Joan & David leather boots (old), Super sunglasses (here), Michael Kors watch (here)|
My best friend is also FINALLY back from Germany, after a year away! She surprised me by jumping out of my closet as I entered my room as soon as I got back from New York. She scared the living daylight out of me and Leilani, who was also at my house at the time (we were set up)!! I'm so glad she's back!
I'll leave you with one last thought. Something I posted on my Facebook status, that I'll be keeping in mind:
"I'm realizing that you can't wait around for the right time or opportunity to occur. Sometimes you have to make that opportunity happen in your own time. Which for me, is right now. 3 days in NYC have really solidified what I want and NEED to do to get to where I want to be. I'm excited for my future. Putting things into my own hands!"