As you’ve probably guessed by the title, next month (!!!) I will be moving to New York City, as I’ve accepted a spot in a Fellowship Program! Although this is a program I’ve applied for earlier this year, the interviewing process and actually getting a spot happened so FAST. The actual turnaround was so quick that I barely had time to process what was going on!
To backtrack a bit, in May I applied for a Digital and Social Media Fellowship Program. It was something that I was definitely interested in and decided to just send in my application on a whim, because you can’t get your hopes up for these types of things, right? Funny enough, while I was filling out my application, HGTV was playing in the background, showing a young girl in her twenties searching for housing in New York.
I received an email back within the next few weeks, and I was shocked, but completed the next step to the best of my abilities. It wasn’t until I get the NEXT email that I was like *surprised emoji face* this could really be something. It was exciting, but also a little nerve wracking. What if I did get it? It would be so many changes at once! But, change is a good thing.
I didn’t want to get my or anyone else’s hopes up just yet, but I ended up telling my boyfriend to gauge his thoughts, and of course, he said moving to New York would be a great opportunity and he could definitely see me getting the job. It became very real, the thought of this Southern Gal possibly moving to the Big Apple.
After a phone interview with one of the lovely employees there, I started to visualize myself moving and getting excited about it against my will. Although I made it far in the process by this point, it still wasn’t a guaranteed spot and I didn’t want to get my hopes up to be let down. Still, I couldn’t help feeling a little anxious about it. Not to mention the fact that, although I like my current job just fine, I was thinking a career change was in the horizon. I actually prayed about it, asking God for me to get offered this position ONLY if it was in His will for me to have it. I applied to a few jobs here and there in SC, and none of them rang true, to me or the employer, because I wasn’t offered any of them (ha!) I felt like, for some reason, that was more confirmation that I’d be working in New York soon.
After some interviews, emails, and phone calls, I found myself, just two days after my mom’s birthday and Rob and I’s anniversary, on a plane to New York City. I was nervous, and sick (I had a cold before, during and after the interview. The night before, I had a fever!) And the next thing I knew, I was sitting in an hotel room, preparing for this huge interview with HGTV playing in the background. I couldn’t believe how everything had transpired so quickly!
I’ve only been to NY once before (here), and although I loved the city and definitely understand the appeal, I always thought that living there could be too far out of my reach (or budget) and I was perfectly fine with the living in the South: the weather, proximity to family and Southern hospitality make me love it here. HOWEVER, I have been feeling kind of stagnant and really wanting to make a move! I really want to explore a new city, a new climate, a new atmosphere and a new job, and this just seemed like the most amazing opportunity to do all of those things.
As far as writing, of course I will still be doing that. I can only imagine all of the writing inspiration I’ll get in a city like New York. And as far as Booktube, hello, can you say THE STRAND BOOKSTORE?!? I’m super excited about what’s to come and exploring the city with Rob (who’s also found a job in NY and is moving there, too! <3 Vlogs, maybe?)
Any New York readers, I would be happy to receive any tips for navigating the city,or navigating FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE. Oh my gosh the cost of living and demand is CRAZY! Anything would be helpful! 🙂
I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and this is truly a testimony that you can do anything you put your mind to, and what’s meant for you is for YOU. Out of thousands, little ol’ India received a spot in an amazing program, and I can only thank God for it.
More to come.