Our recent trip to Manhattan was eye opening. I learned my new “city life” was going to be nothing like the life I daydreamed about…It completely sunk in that this move is no vacation at all. This next year is a risk that Miller and I have decided to take, and nothing is going to be handed to us. (I know, I sound way too dramatic!)
The apartment search was absolutely draining. I feel like this week’s trip has caused me to start going gray! We saw a whole lot of apartments in 5 days. Due to the fact that we decided a good location was the most important thing to us, every apartment we saw was tiny and outdated. So we ended up choosing a tiny and outdated apartment in the best location we could possibly get- in Chelsea on West 24th Street. It has less than 500 square feet and has a very old kitchen/bathroom, but it is right around the corner from a grocery store, a super cool park, restaurants, and a great subway line. Other positives (finding something positive in everyone and everything is one of my NYResolutions!)…the building has an elevator and laundry room- huge plus! Applying for this apartment felt like applying for a job in the FBI. The reason we had such a hard time is because we are self employed- We have no job waiting on us in the city which makes us look like a big red flag to apartment owners and realty companies. In order to secure this place, we had to get letters from a CPA, attorney, banker, previous landlords, personal references, tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, personal financial statement…the list goes on and on. In addition to all of this, WE HAD TO PAY A WHOLE YEAR’S RENT UP FRONT!!!! I was in shock as I was writing the check. And to top it all off, we do not officially have the apartment until we fly back in the next week or two to be interviewed by a board. So basically, we are giving up almost everything to make this happen. Care packages welcomed and encouraged! I am not going to post pictures of the apartment until we officially get it- Don’t want to get my hopes up. Please say a prayer that we get this apartment so we do not have to start this process over!
Yes, this is a reality check. But at the same time, it is very motivating. The energy in the city constantly screams that there is endless opportunity… which makes everything we are giving up to make this happen, very much worth it!
“Nothing worth having comes easy.”