For those of you just now tuning in/missed last week’s post/etc: I packed up all my things, picked out what I could fit in two suitcases and a tote bag, hopped on a plane to NYC and didn’t plan out much more than that. I’m writing about my experience in weekly series titled, Empire State of Broke updated each Monday. The goal of this series is to be is as transparent as possible. A lot of bloggers skim over, or entirely skip, anything unpleasant in their posts. I promise not to do that in this series. You can expect real, raw, unfiltered content – minus a copy edits for y’know SEO and readability purposes.
Following your dreams is scary. Always. No matter what. So do it anyways, it sure beats the heck out of staying safe in the harbor.
A lot of the feedback I got from last week’s post was really positive, so I want to take a minute and thank each and every one of y’all for the kind words, for coming back to read more, or joining me for the first time today. It means a lot that y’all are interested in my journey (be sure to sign up for my email list so you don’t miss a post!)
Week one was a little boring. Which is fine. I spent the weekend not doing too much, but in reality I’m not too sure how to go about this whole making friends thing. I’m thinking of joining a run club since that’s less intimidating to show up to by myself. That’s the hardest part about moving to a new place, finding a friend group. In Dallas, I had my work friends and friend from high school or college who had migrated that way so I was fine.
I’m challenging myself to get the courage to go to one group meet-up. I am slightly an introvert (though my close friends will tell you otherwise, I don’t know why) so this is a big challenge for me.
When I embarked on this journey (could I be any more cheesy?) I asked myself a lot of questions, a lot of self doubting questions. What if I can’t find a job? What if I run out of money? How long should I look for a job before giving up an headed home? What if I hate the job I get? What if I end up having no where to go? Where will I permanently live? What about affording a nice apartment in a decent area? And the list goes on. Maybe I doubt myself because this is completely out of the norm where I come from. I grew up in a real tiny town in Texas with a smaller population than most blocks in Manhattan.
The job hunt is challenging, exhausting and down right discouraging at times. Every company you apply to is going to have different recruiting processes and hiring timelines. It can be so frustrating to spend a lot of time on several custom cover letters only to receive silence or rejection. Then sometimes you check your email and do a happy dance because one of the companies you were most excited about is requesting an interview or maybe that interview goes well.
Changing careers and job hunting are two very challenging things. I’m not talking about the passive job hunt where you take occasional days off the to go the “dentist”, but the job hunt where each interview matters a little more because you have bills to pay and no income coming in. I’d love to be positive and say, take that leap, just do it. Don’t. Think first, then leap if you’re quitting your job to change careers. Know what you’re getting yourself into and find an industry you love.
To anyone thinking about doing something similar or who is going through a long job search, continue with your normal life as much as you can. Make plans with friends, go to events, get out of the house as much as possible and indulge in things you love. For me? I really enjoy a mid-day run and writing whenever I feel like it.
Stay tuned for next week y’all! I’ll be discussing money and budgeting. As always, if there’s something you’re interested in or curious about let me know! No question is too personal or too invasive. 🙂
Thanks for reading!