I've been a resident of NYC for 3.5 years now, which is by no means to say I'm a New Yorker, but I do feel like I've learned a thing or two (and let's be honest - stilllllll learning).
I've been so fortunate to have friends, or friends of friends move to the city since I've moved here. It seems that most of the questions they ask are the similar, but also obvious questions to ask.
So, I thought I would share some tips and tricks about living in NYC through a weekly series here on the blog. Whether you're personally thinking about moving to New York someday, or know someone who is moving here soon, I hope this series is helpful. If you don't, hopefully at least you're entertained!
Obviously, the opinions, tips and words I share about NYC are based off my own experiences, so they may not relate to you personally. But, that is what makes NYC so incredible. You can truly make it your city. There's no right or wrong way to live in NYC.
To kick the series off, I wanted to share some real talk about living in NYC.
Living in New York is not shiny, sparkly, or like any episode of Sex & The City. It is tough and gritty.
Living in New York is overwhelming. You will be overwhelmed at times, but that's okay.
Living in New York should be out of your comfort zone. Get used to that.
Living in New York is thrilling, and exhilarating, and fun. But it can also be lonely, smelly and sometime just annoying.
But more than anything, living in New York is exciting. You're about to move to one of the most diverse, and condensed metropolitan areas in the world. That is huge! Amidst all of your worries, or the negative opinions that people feel obligated to share with you because why wouldn't you make a life decision without considering Judging Judy's opinions, know that it is such an exciting city to be involved in. It truly is a city that you can make your own. There is something for everyone here. And I actually mean every single person ever.
One thing that is for sure about living in New York is that you will discover the true you. Your real friends, your real interests, your real taste of life. There are some things you never even knew existed until you move here. And those things might just become part of your favorites - part of you!
That is definitely not to say that New York is the only place you'll discover the true you. There are lots of other places that will test you. And hey, maybe you already know the true you. If so, that's awesome! But, what I've found is that New York has a way of testing you in every possible way. From little things like grocery shopping (the struggle is real) to more monumental things like relationships (!). I think my age when I moved here also facilitated to discovering who I really am, so if you're older or younger than me, then your experience may be different. But, we've already covered that above ;)
New York will make you tough. It will make you real. It will make you more open to opinions, cultures, beliefs, and anything outside what you consider 'normal'. Get excited about that!
I am super thrilled to share tips, tricks, and real stories about living in NYC with you! Check back here every Wednesday for all the deets!