Well as most of you know, I am now living in NYC! I’m talkin’ full on, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt type ish, and just like her crazy ass, I’m loving it!
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But why NYC? I mean, it smells like piss, like, all the time. Why would someone want to move here?
Well, I’ll tell you.
When I made the decision to move to NYC, I was going through a pretty rough time. To say I was completely dissatisfied with how my life was going is an understatement. Here I was, a health sciences professional who had just earned her master’s degree, landed a kick-ass job with a pretty decent salary, all while simultaneously hating my life. I felt lost. I felt like a failure. I felt like I spent the past few years “climbing the ladder of success, just to discover it was leaning against the wrong building” (or some sh*t like that – I may have misquoted but you get the point). Anyway, WTF was I doing with my life? How could I be so unhappy?
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Well the answer is pretty simple. I was not living in my truth. For years I suppressed my creativity, denying myself of the very things that made me feel alive and set my soul on fire – until one day I had the epiphany that I could no longer live my life for everyone else. What about my happiness? I had to start living for me!🙌🏾 Most importantly, the thought of living a life of complacency scared the sh*t outta me. I mean, have you ever just had something scare the living sh*t out of you? Yes? Well envision that, because that’s how I felt. I needed something different – something more. Hell, I just wanted to feel ALIVE!
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So, after scouting out a few potential opportunities in NYC (I didn’t even have a job when I moved), I packed one big suitcase, booked a one-way bus ticket and hauled ass. Was I scared? HELLZ YEAH. But nothing scared me more than a life of regret, so I f*ckin’ went for it.
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slaving away interning at a couple of places, I finally found a dope gig in a more creative space, which eventually led to a full-time job (Mama, I made it!). I’m happier than I’ve been in years, mainly because I feel like I’m closing in on my purpose. Sure, I still have days where I feel lost – but I’d much rather be lost in the right direction than the wrong one.
I hope my story speaks to someone who’s been considering a life change – and if so, here are few tips that might help!
- Research, research, research. Moving to a new city? Research. Switching careers? Research. Don’t jump out there blindly. Arm yourself with knowledge!
- Look into internships. If you’re thinking of switching careers, interning is not a bad way to go. This usually results in a drastic paycut, but if you plan accordingly and save your coins (e.g.,
become a stripperget a part-time job, etc.), you’ll figure out a way to make it work! It’s doable, so don’t let money, or lack thereof, discourage you.
- Have a plan. Taking a leap of faith does not mean you shouldn’t have some sort of strategy. Put a plan in place, set goals with timelines and stick to them. Hold yourself accountable. Have a plan A, B and C.
- Network. Start building your network before you move, switch careers, etc. Reach out to people who are working in your desired industry. Go to meet-ups, workshops, career fairs, etc. Networking will take you places your credentials won’t!
- Be persistent. Don’t give up! It’s not going to be easy – as a matter of fact, it will kick your ass. But every time you think about giving up, think about why you started. Regret is a m%therf*cker, so keep on pushing!
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The bottom line is this: The universe will conspire to help you along the way, and opportunities will be there – all you have to do is jump!