Like my silly little list?”I seriously cannot make up my mind if I should grab some New York movers and relocate to NYC or stay in Chicago for another year. I’m doing better financially now that I’m done with graduate school, but am I doing so well I should take a gamble on a move to New York City?
I’m finally getting to a point where I have money to go out and explore, do some shopping and not feel guilty and be able to sock some money away for a rainy day. When I first moved to Chicago, it was rough- I lived paycheck to paycheck in a dirt cheap apartment (not bad, but still no amenities whatsoever – no AC, no door on my room, elevator or laundry in house..and in an interesting neighborhood). I made about $800 a month while going to school full time and after expenses any splurge put knots in my tummy.
Conversely, perhaps it’s worth the risk? What if being in NYC is just the ticket I need to grow my blog and my social media consulting business… New York has it’s own unique chemistry that could be good juju for the kind of work I do.
Of course- I can always stay in Chicago for another year and save up..but no matter where I go I’d like to live in a nicer area in a cozier apartment…so how much money would I be saving by staying here? My rent now is rock-bottom, if I stay in Chicago for a year with more expensive rent (you know, so I can do my laundry in under 3 hours) will I end up ahead? Will I still be dedicated to sock away money for a move or will I spoil it away on the other things Chicago has to offer (Ask Anthony Bourdain, Chicago’s food scene rivals NYC!) I honestly have no idea if living in a nicer area will tempt me to spend more instead of saving and if I’ll end up breaking even.
Over the last month or two, I’ve made more money than before (which isn’t hard to do since I was making beans before) and I’ve been spending more…after two years of scrimping, saving and literally eating rice and beans to pay my way through school it’s like I can afford to have a little fun. I’m not sure if I’m ready to give that up if business isn’t consistent or if I can’t find an apartment priced within my comfort zone in NY.
Staying in Chicago would not be the worst thing in the world. In my two years being here, I’ve been dead broke and haven’t really had the money to try the fancy restaurants or attend seminars and events I wanted to be at. Additionally, being a grad student left me little time to go out and have fun…being in the area I’m at also has made transportation an ordeal. Relocating in-city could be fun and redeem a city that was so hard to enjoy as a stressed-out grad student making $800 a month and working her arse off in school.
Either way, I feel as if I’d be starting over. Being done with school and starting my own business means I can work from anywhere. Many of the friends I’ve made here in Chicago are either done with school and are moving away or are still in school and are occupied like I was. In either city, I’d have to forge a new path, start fresh and make new friends.