Empire State of Broke: Moving

move to nyc with no job

A few days ago I purchased a plane ticket. One-way. To NYC. 2 days ago I arrived at the airport with most of my life packed into 2 suitcases. A lot of people move to NYC to pursue their dreams. For me, it’s because there’s 10x the number of job opportunities in my field and I love the city. I love the energy, the opportunity, the cute little streets in Chelsea, fall in Central park, the Macy’s Parade, and all the food.

I’m starting this weekly series to chronicle my journey.

As the title suggests this week I’m talking about the move. Ever get a dream in your head you just can’t stop thinking about? I’ve had a lot of those. After taking some time off to travel and reconnect with my family, I’m ready to start fearlessly pursuing those. This post is for anyone who’s thought about trying something scary or new but hasn’t mustered up the courage to do it.

I wish I had done a lot of these things sooner. Before you start accruing too many responsibilities, do something you’ve always wanted to. Maybe you want to learn how to surf, or teach yoga or go back to school for a masters degree or travel the world. There’s plenty of Thought Catalog articles to encourage you do to those things though (here, here and here), I’m here to share my experience.

move to nyc no job

Yes it’s scary. Yes there are a staggering number of reasons to not go or not do that thing you’ve always wanted to. Say no to all the things holding you back and go for it. I had a lot of questions in my mind too and a lot of “what if” scenarios. Moving to New York City with no job is certainly has some risks. Once you commit to doing something, you have no choice but to figure it out. I’ll step off the soapbox now. 🙂

One thing I learned already, clothes weigh a LOT more than you’d think they do. I put just clothes in my biggest bag and it came out at 52 pounds. I should have brought my other big bag too. Also rain boots would have been nice given that this week it’s supposed to rain the entire time. At least Amazon has the ones I like! Comfortable shoes are absolutely worth the investment here. In Dallas, ehhhh not so much, because you have to drive everywhere.

This week’s agenda involves a lot of job interviews and hoping for the best. I’m still trying to get settled in and I have no clue where I’d go to meet new people. I’ll work on that. Meeting new people and making new friends is one of my favorite things about a new place or new job.

Next Monday I’m sharing how I fit so many clothes into a suitcase and my tips for packing!

tl;dr: Moved to NYC with 2 suitcases, a bag full of hopes and dreams, and no job. Writing about my journey weekly. Here goes nothing! 

  • I packed everything in my van 16 years ago and moved across the country. I had no job or place to live lined up. I am so glad that I did it! When you take chances like that, you grow stronger. I wish you all the best!

    • Thanks! I’d love to hear about how you figured it out. I’m still a bit nervous but I spent a lot of time thinking about planning the move and that’s really all you can do at the end of the day – have a well thought out plan, be proactive and open minded.

  • Candy Kage

    Congratulations of the move and hope the job hunt doesn’t last long. Exciting and scary all at the same time.

  • This is so fun! I packed up and moved myself to Austin when I graduated college and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

    • sara.hernandez013@gmail.com

      Love all the encouragement! It is so scary but like something I’ve wanted for a while. I love the energy and the excitement of the city and community feel. It’s been a really long road to get to this point. I’m excited to see where it goes! 🙂

    • Glad to hear it! I am so excited to see what comes next!

  • How exciting! I can’t wait to follow along on your journey and see how it goes. There’s not much I love more than stories about people chasing their dreams. 🙂 I did something similar a few years ago when I quit a job I couldn’t stand, and don’t regret it one bit.
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Thanks so much! I was in a similar boat job wise and then in a serious rut life-wise. I had started building skills that I needed about a year ago to switch careers and now I’m ready to take the plunge. 🙂

  • FreelanceGal

    You are me right now. Just about 20 years younger! LOL. I am currently working at a job to get the experience. I had a later in life career change to writer. I took a job last year that I had no experience in as a Technical Writer. I had a book published this past summer and am in the middle of writing my second book. I launched my business website a few weeks ago and have been trying to market it. No clients yet, but my plans, if they hold, are to be doing it part time within the next year and full time in the next two years. My daughter graduates high school in three and a half years. Once she has gone on to college, I want to buy a camper/RV and travel the country while working from the road as a freelancer. It is scary as all get out, but, I don’t want to live my life never doing what I’ve finally realized I WANT to do. So, good for you for doing it yourself!