Can you believe it I have been in New York for 6 months?
It does not seem that long ago that I made my announcement that I would be moving to NY to start my next life chapter. That me and the girls would be leaving what we know in KY to explore and grow into a completely new environment.
Ironically, the first 3+ months I was in New York while the girls remained in Kentucky due to apartment hunting dilemmas. I never expected it to be so difficult to find a place but it was..and now we have a great apartment in an eclectic and unique area within the Bronx Little Italy. Those months had me adjust solo which was hard for I missed my daughters which made it hard for me to focus on the bigger picture of finding a place. I’m so grateful that my family and friends were there for me…encouraging me to keep looking and to not give up. I will honestly admit that for a few weeks I went through a bit of depression — I questioned everything and constantly wanted to be back in KY.
But I shook it off and bounced back to embrace our journey and be ready for the unexpected. A major aspect of my change was the finding of a church to call home– my faith needed a consistent source. As well I started focusing on others by getting involved with the local #hashtagLunchbag events. Next thing I know I was connected to a realtor who found me places and was willing to work with my ‘lack-of’ credit for NY apartments (I will definitely have to post about apartment hunting from a NYC perspective).
I experienced quite a few “Firsts” without the girls, but soon they were here and we began our NYC journey together. Since living here we have
- Experienced our first Lunar New Year
- Eaten tons of pizza
- Taken our first real train ride to KY
- Been bundled up in frigid temperatures
- Had New Years on Coney Island
- Tried various donuts
- Visited Brooklyn Ikea
- Gotten lost through the public transportation system
- First Fordham University game
We have had quite a few firsts as a New York family and I’ve been really bad about not sharing them 🙂 I mean that is why you read my blog right — to find out what it is like to be “Maranda”. I hope to start blogging about our adjustments and explorations at least twice a week — just so you get our perspective of “living in NYC”.