Moving is never easy, especially in New York City. The amount of chaos here is on a whole different level. Even finding an apartment takes skills that I’m convinced only real New Yorkers even know exist (If you’ve ever tried to find housing here you already know exactly what I’m talking about!) These are just a few things that I learned from my battle to find my housing in this crazy city.
1. Write Down What You Want
It can be so easy to get distracted. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that I wanted to do something and five minutes later I’m doing something completely different. Writing down your goals and dreams helps keeps you focused and on track. It also helps keep you accountable to yourself. Write your list and put it somewhere you can easily see it (i.e. not in the back of a drawer on crumpled in the bottom of your bag #guilty!) Stick it on your mirror or your wall. Personally, sticky notes are my go-to for spontaneous motivation, but do what ever works for you.
2. Live outside your comfort zone
Moving to NYC last summer was one of the biggest, scariest things I’ve ever done, but looking back I can easily say that it was one of the best decisions of my life. I had just graduated from college and even though I knew a handful of people in the city, I still felt like I was moving to a foreign country. NYC is really a beast of its own. One year later, thank God, I’m still standing and have a year’s worth of incredible memories behind me. The truth is, sometimes the things that scare us are exactly the things that will help make us the person who we want to be. We just need to be brave enough take that first step forward.
3. Ask for advice
Its impossible for us to know everything. Ask for advice from people who have the information you need. If you’re looking to move into a certain career, find a mentor to help you make your way. If you’re researching schools to go to, talk to students who have experience there and ask them for their honest opinion. Whatever decision you’re making, it should be an informed decision.
4. Be honest about your finances
My ultimate dream house would be one of the most beautiful houses you’ve ever seen in your life. It would have an outdoor pool, a breathtaking baby grand piano, a room dedicated to all my books, a supper cozy living room with a massive flat screen… the list goes on and on. But right now I’m a not-so-rich grad student trying to get myself an education, so my dream house isn’t exactly in my near future. Whether you’re trying to pay for school, start a business or build an empire, you need to be realistic about where you and your bank account are right now. And save! You’ll never be able to buy that dream house, pay for that school, or start that business if you keep spending your money on things that you don’t need. I know I’m not the only one who’s guilty of spending money on things that I don’t need. The solution: Make a budget and stick to it. No excuses.
5. Enjoy the Ride
I’m the queen of trying to plan out my whole live, from what I’m going to eat today to how the next five years of my life are going to go. But no matter how hard we try we just can’t plan everything. Some things are simply out of your control. Do what you can, prepare for anything, then sit back and enjoy the ride.