Moving East

January 27, 2009

in Personal

I finally decided to make the move to New York. I know I have spent some time here lamenting about a move to NYC. I’ve been toying with the idea for over a year now, but I never really created a plan because I was scared (I don’t like change). I slowly relieved myself of Los Angeles responsibilities (finished school, quit a job I was tethered to), stacked my chips, and all that was left was apartment hunting. I was putting off apartment hunting month after month, mostly because I was so busy. Like the other doors that have opened in my life, this one sort of just opened up on its own. All I did was casually mention to someone I was thinking about apartment hunting in NYC, and then the next week I was meeting my potential roommate and checking out my potential Manhattan apartment. I’ve learned that when opportunities open up this way for me, it’s usually a sign that that’s where I need to go next.

I gave myself 6 months to see how it goes, and if I like it? I will stay. If not, I can always move back to LA, or to a different city. Some have asked me why am I moving to NYC. My answer: because I can. My business/work is virtual. I like NYC a lot. And I have great friends there. I figure I can do it while I am young and untethered to a family. Besides, I have always wanted to be bi-coastal, here is my chance to step up and give it a try.

I start paying rent February 1st. I have yet to pack a box to ship over to Manhattan, but I did buy some boxes today. That has to count for something. My apartment is very…quaint, and in a good location. I plan on painting my bedroom walls, as I want to make it a creative and personal space. I am excited to go furniture and interior design shopping. I just need to make sure I stay on task with getting it done.

Any suggestions on where to get a good deal on mattresses in NYC would be most appreciated!

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Julie January 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Sending tons and tons of luck and good thoughts with you! Having lived in New York, I think it’s an awesome idea and I hope you love it.


Bill Cammack January 28, 2009 at 3:16 AM

Welcome. Welcome. 😀
Excellent choice.. Moving from the WEST coast to the BEST coast.
The NYC Alliance grows stronger by the minute…..


bk January 28, 2009 at 4:31 AM

say word. this time promise to yell out my name when you’re in my hood.


ShandaR January 28, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Wow, congrats. My friend and I had planned on moving up there back in ’07. Unfortunetly we didn’t make it. I am now trying to figure out if I want to stay in Atlanta, or make a big move to TX, FL, Cali or just stay here and move in with a friend and have a roommate for awhile. Just like you, I have that option right now…no husband or kids and can move if I chose to.
Its your world, and live your life to the max so you won’t have any regrets. I do regret not trying new things when I had the option.
Have fun and be safe!!!!


Andre Blackman January 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Even though I know you aren’t trying to visit North Carolina for a minute, let me know whenever you get into the Triangle area (or in DC for that matter, I go back and forth).
Take your time and enjoy – I’m a Brooklynite. Don’t let Bill lead you astray LOL


Chip January 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Do it while you can, because once you have children, your life is over!


Ms_Krista January 30, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Congratulations Liz! I think you’ve got the right mindset for the move. As Andre said, if you need a break come visit us in North Cackilacky.


Haute in LA February 3, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Congrats! You are doing what I long to do. I too have been dragging my feet. Keep me posted – for a while I’ll live vicariously through you and maybe, just maybe I’ll soon be inspired to stop lamenting and just do it!
Travel safely soror.


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