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I didn’t grow up in Nebraska. I didn’t live there until I started college, and only stuck around for five years. But somewhere in that time, even as I was plotting my escape, it snuck into a corner of my heart and stayed there.

I always figured New York would be temporary, but had no definite plans as to where I would end up after my time here was done. California sounded nice. Pacific northwest maybe? Somewhere else along the east coast?

Ultimately I decided moving back to the Midwest was the way to go, both because being halfway across the country from my family is harder than I thought it would be and because it’s the lifestyle I’m used to. But it wasn’t until I came across a job posting in Lincoln that the idea latched onto my brain: I want to be back in Nebraska.

And, a week from today, that’s exactly where I’ll be! Back to Willa Cather-land, prairie, and Cornhuskers. (And most importantly, back to affordable rent.)

 I don’t regret moving to New York, but I can’t say I’ll miss it. I’m ready to be a Midwesterner again, and to settle down somewhere I can see myself long term. After all, I’m officially out of my early twenties now, and the idea of flying wherever my fancy takes me has become less appealing.

So next time you see me on this blog, I’ll officially be a Nebraskan again. Go big red!

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reasons i’m excited to move to new york

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Via Tamara Peterson

You guys, everything about my move has fallen into place so quickly. When I first left my job in order to pursue my dream of moving to New York City, I didn’t have a job or a place to stay. What was supposed to be a few weeks of staying with  my mom turned into a few months, a couple of possible living situations fell through, and there was more than one moment of panic and doubt.

But even though I took a ready-fire-aim approach, in the last couple of weeks I just got so lucky and everything is set! I now have employment and a place to stay (albeit a temporary one, but it’s still nice to have a place to set your coffee maker). Also, can I just give a shout-out to my parents for being so awesome and supportive of the fact that their daughter made a big, reckless (and possibly stupid–we shall see) decision to leave gainful employment so she could move to a new city for no apparent reason? Thanks M and D!

So, here’s to a new life and a new layout! (Do you like?) I hop on my plane tomorrow, and here’s some of the reasons I’m looking forward to landing in NYC!

  1. Having actual New York cheesecake.
  2. Trying everything on this list.
  3. The beautiful photo ops.
  4. All the cool locally owned coffee shops I’m gonna find.
  5. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. (cough*geek*cough)
  6. Spider-Man lives there.

Transitions

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I’ve never been good at transitions.

It’s not the fact that life’s changing that bothers me. I actually have always been quite good with change. It’s the waiting that gets my goat. If something’s gonna happen, I want it to happen now, damn it.

Most of my major life transitions have happened in the summertime. The breaks between school years. The several months of agonizing job searching after graduation. It’s probably why I’ve never liked summer much. (The fact that I turn into a sweaty, frizzy mess has something to do with that too.)

And now this summer I’m waiting to move to New York, which is taking longer than I originally thought it would. I know this “layover” is necessary, and that ultimately I’ll be glad I had some time to sort of relax and get my act together, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be in New York right now.

But in the meantime, I’ll just keep working, writing blog posts, and pinning NYC pins while daydreaming about all the awesome things I’m going to do when I’m finally in the city. And I’ll try to enjoy my last days as a Nebraskan.

Cocktail of the Month: Old Fashioned | + Big News!

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Let’s talk about the S word.

No, not that S word, you dirty birds. I’m talking about “should.” And its relative, “shouldn’t.”

You should get a full-time job and earn a decent living.
You shouldn’t leave your current job without another one lined up.
You shouldn’t move to New York City, even though it’s your dream—it’s too expensive and it’s too impractical.

The saddest part is, none of these shoulds or shouldn’ts were even coming from someone else, or any sort of recognizable source. The only person they were coming from was me.

And now, guess what? I’m ditching all of them.

I’m leaving my job. I don’t have another job lined up. And I’m going to move to New York City.

This is either going to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, or it’s gonna be really freakin’ great.

You know what goes really well with major life decisions? Whiskey.

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I decided on an Old Fashioned for this month’s cocktail. After making such a huge decision, I needed something strong. I’ll admit, I wasn’t as big a fan of this one as some of the other cocktails I’ve made from See Mix Drink. Probably because it’s mostly straight-up bourbon, and whiskey for me is one of those “if I’m not careful I’ll spend the entire next day in the fetal position living on saltines and Gatorade” liquors.

But, it wasn’t bad. I can imagine sipping one of these at a classy party or a jazz bar. Of which I’m sure there are plenty in New York City.

In less dramatic news, I’m now the proud owner of a Captain America T-shirt and a cardigan with bicycles on it. (Thanks, Target!)

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