THE MOVE TO NYC: HOW WE GOT HERE

posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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[A faint view of Manhattan from the plane]

Thanks for the kind words and for sharing in our excitement with us on the big move! We joke that we’re slowly making our way up north after moving here to Charlotte from Florida almost five years ago. Thankfully, we’d prefer to experience a true four seasons, so the change in weather won’t be a disappointment in the slightest. And yes, I would’ve loved to have been there this weekend when snowflakes fell on the first day of spring, but I digress…

I guess this move really started back in 2013 during this trip to DC. There was a moment, over dinner with Adam, when it hit me that Charlotte didn’t feel quite right for us. We had been living here for almost two years at that point and it still didn’t feel like home. I spoke those words out loud and, to my surprise (and probably to Adam’s as well) he agreed. We didn’t know if we’d ever actually move out of Charlotte, but we knew we weren’t ready to commit and buy a home here. We didn’t know if it would take a while longer to feel settled, but two years! Though I didn’t say the following words to Adam for a few more weeks, it seemed that just being in DC that trip made my dreams of living in a big city come back to life.

It took three  l o n g  years to get to this point. This has been a marathon, not a sprint as they say, and a decision we have been working our way towards for a long time. It’s also one that we haven’t taken lightly in the process. The first year was mostly me waiting and seeing if Adam would come to feel the same way. I didn’t want to force him on the move. I mean, it’s a hard place to live even for those who love it, but I knew it usually took him a while to come to big decisions (thank goodness I married my opposite). I prayed about it often and knew that if we were meant to live in NYC, Adam would not only agree, but also be excited about it. That’s just how it had to be for any of this to work. Well, at this point he’s more than antsy to get up there as well and, through our handful of trips in the last few years, has fallen in love with the city.

Still, even when I knew we would end up in NYC, I had some anxiety (no matter how much you hope for a big change, it’s still scary), but most of that anxiety has now fallen away to a sense of peace and excitement. We still have a little more than four more months to go but, let’s be honest, I’d move yesterday if I could.

I’m writing up a few more posts with specific details on our move and would love to know if you have any questions! Whether it’s about our move specifically or moving to NYC in general. I’ll be documenting the process of our moving up there as things progress because, I mean, I know I’ve been super curious on how a move to NYC works. I’m excited to document it all. From what I hear, apartment hunting is a breeze! So fun! Two thumbs (and all the eye rolls) up!

  • Jen

    Congratulations on the move. What a big and exciting leap. I can’t wait to follow along with your NYC adventures. <3