I don't know if any of you noticed, but there has been a countdown over there -------> which passed by on my 28th birthday.
A couple of years ago, before I went back to school and decided that I wanted to be a lawyer, back when my only dream for the future was to move to New York City, I started that countdown and made it my goal to move there by my 28th birthday.
I quit smoking and started saving the money that I had been spending on cigarettes towards my move to NYC. My plan was to save $10,000 to move and get settled while looking for work for a few months.
However, my plans changed. I still saved a bunch of money in a little over a year, but instead of moving to NYC by age 28 with no education and very little job prospects, I went back to school and pushed my NY move to age 29, when I get accepted and attend Columbia Law. :-)
Without a job for a year, my savings are almost gone. But I guess that's okay because I'm in school.
There are a few benefits to where I live now, and I thought that I would write a post to help remind myself why I'm lucky to live in a Memphis apartment instead of a NYC one. )Sorry that our place isn't cleaned up, so if these pictures aren't beautiful... oh well. I tried to angle the shots to miss the messes.)
1) a 2nd bedroom. Stacey and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, and use the 2nd bedroom as guest/storage/exercise room. There is a TV in there too, so sometimes Stacey will watch football when I'm busy watching Sister Wives or doing homework in the living room on a Sunday night.
2) a half bath in the master bedroom. Yep, we have not one, but TWO toilets. And that picture of the woman showering? That's a Leah K. New original. I went through a painting phase in my early twenties... I still think about picking up a brush again some day!
3) a dishwasher. Every NYC apartment I've been in does not feature one of these guys. And I am not going to take it for granted while I still have one!
4) Washer and dryer in unit! Yes these are ancient units, and yes one has stickers on it that are left from a previous tenant that I can not scrub off... but I love having these bad boys. So much better than laundromats to me.
5) I get to live with dogs. I'm scared that I may not be able to bring them to NYC with me. It may not be fair to them with my being so busy with law school and not having the money to hire a dog walker... but we will see. I hope to be able to move Diva and Jacques with me for the rest of their lives.
And of course, I get to live in this apartment for less than half the cost of living in a one bedroom NYC apartment. So there are plenty of good things about where I'm at.
But... as awesome as my apartment is, it's not in New York City. But don't worry, guys. I'll get there. The new goal in fall 2014, which is getting pretty close. :-)