Famous fictional New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw once said, “in New York, you’re always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment.”
I’ve done my fair share of searching for all three here in Brooklyn, where I’m originally from, and almost always at the same time. I was half-heartedly looking for a new job when I was laid off last December. Shortly after that, the guy I was interested in decided he just wasn’t that into me (more on him later). I took both as a sign to refocus on my goals and with the New Year just weeks away, it was the perfect time.
So, as I always do days before the New Year, I purchased a brand new planner and gathered supplies for my annual vision board. I drafted a list of New Year’s resolutions, then carefully cut out pictures from magazines and glued them to my vision board. After a final touch of glitter (something about this being the year to sparkle), I looked at my project and sighed.
It looked almost exactly like last years vision board. And the one the year before that one. And kind of like the one the year before that one. And probably just like the one the year before that one.
As I looked at yet another reminder of my shortcomings, I couldn’t help but wonder, was my life only going to be awesome on paper? (I also couldn’t help but throw in one last nod to Sex and the City!)
Realizing that I had been attempting to achieve the same goals for the past several years with no success was the eye-opener I needed to finally get it done. That guy I mentioned before? We reconnected earlier this year and have been happily dating long distance ever since. He has been my biggest supporter and a key motivator in tackling my longest held goal: moving over 600 miles from Brooklyn, NY to Charlotte, NC.
As of today, there are 16 days left on the moving day countdown. Sixteen days!
And yet there’s still one last item on my will-she-or-won’t-she list. Can you guess what that is?
If you guessed starting a blog, you’re correct!
Here, I get to share my new goal of making my big move worth the wait by experiencing all that my new home has to offer. Every year, the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future. Carrie was talking about Fashion Week, but I’m talking about Charlotte, NC.