the california transplant

July 12, 2014

I can’t believe it’s only been three days since I been here – I feel like it’s been over a week. Time has a way of going fast for some odd reason.

It’s so surreal that I am living here. The things you see in movies are happening to me, well at least some parts of it. The subway stories and massive crowds of people speed walking.

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Friends, family and readers have been asking me the same thing: why did you move to New York? And I never really got a chance to explain the conditions and how I went about it.

If you’re an avid follower, or taken a peek at my About Me section: I want to pursue in the editorial industry. If I must be more specific, print and/or digital publications. However, in the end, all I want to do is write. Don’t ask me what about – I am still trying to figure out that myself. 

Knowing that Los Angeles was not the home of fashion and print media, it only made sense to move my bags to the East Coast. I been wanting to do this for a long time. Initially thought of moving last Spring, but I already had prior commitments.

Now, it’s my time. I have no boyfriend, no kids, and my job was not my career. No attachments aside from friends and family. There is no such thing as perfect timing, but it sure look like it. The stars were aligning, and I felt like the Universe was telling me to just do it.

I went about this very rational though – saving every month, cutting unnecessary expenses and changing my lifestyle just a tad while managing to pay off student loans. To be frank, since October 2013 I been planning all of this. So this is not entirely on a whim… per se.

Did you move for work? Had something lined up?

Technically, yes. I managed to land an internship and been working remotely since May. If you read a recap post (click here if you missed it) I am Contributor Writer for The Co Report. Here’s something: it’s unpaid. There is no promise that I will be getting an any income from this role, but I am willing to pay my dues and gain exposure as a writer. In addition to having content for my portfolio.

brooklynI am here for New York in the long haul. I can’t say I won’t go back to California because I don’t know what the future holds, but I won’t make it an option either. I am determined to make it all work out.

I know it’s very ambitious of me, but life always has a way of working itself out. I truly believe that.

But as far as obtaining a job in my desired field, no. Technically I am unemployed, once again. But this time, I am unemployed in one of the most expensive cities in the world. How did I manage to do that?!

I figured I will begin to apply to places once I am here and with the fast-paced lifestyles of New Yorkers, it would be easier to get interviews. There is hope, I been connecting with other creative types as well as trying to find a day-job to get some income rolling in while side-hustling as a writer. Networking is crucial.

My first job interview is tomorrow, on a Sunday. It’s all happening so fast that my emotions haven’t caught up with the reality of things. My second day in New York, I was already meeting with Head Hunters. I think I am still in disbelief or some form of denial…?

It’s Saturday night in such a lively city, and what am I doing? Writing, getting some emails handled and conducting research on the company I have an interview with. Got to brush up on my interview skills!

Until the next post! Thank you all for reading and for all your kind wishes. It really means a lot to have a wonderful support system. It’s so cliche, but I have to do it: #blessed.

Mocking is super fun!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Malissa T.

    Thanks for the update, dear! I wish you the best of luck in New York! I am envious that you have the ability to pack up and do this. I shall live vicariously through your blog posts.

    Good luck on the job interviews!

    • Chary S.

      Lol!

      Thanks for reading Malissa – not a full on update, but a quick one. More on the transition later when I hit a full-week (:

      Hope everything is well for you and Tim on the West Coast <3