Small Town Girl, Big City Dreams: New York Six Month Update

Can you believe it’s already been six months since I moved to New York?! Me either. Seems like just yesterday I was boarding a plane to move here, and now its been half a year! I can honestly still say that this is one of the best decisions I’ve made yet, and I look forward to what will happen in the next 6 months.

Like any other journey, this one hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve learned a lot along the way. Here’s what I learned since my last NYC update.

It’s Okay to Grow

When I moved to New York, I lost a few people in my life that I thought would be around forever. I also dealt with people trying to make me feel guilty and selfish for my decision. However, moving helped me to learn that it’s okay to grow. Allow yourself to grow! People may say you’ve changed, and that’s fine! As long as you’re staying true to you and changing for the better, let them talk. They’re entitled to their wrong opinion (lol). They may feel some type of way because you can no longer be who they want you to be, but you have to be who you need to be for you.

Never Settle

This has been a constant lesson, not only for the past 6 months, but for the past year. After moving here, it gave me time to reflect over my college career and life in general and I realized I settled often. I’ve settled in my love life, my friendships, and my career at times. I was always told that I asked for too much or my standards were too high. But you know what, that’s okay! Don’t settle for safe. If you dream it, you can achieve it. In the words of Angela Rye, “Queens don’t settle”. Go after everything they said you couldn’t have.


“If you want it bad enough, you’ll work hard enough.” My mom always used to tell me this and it is so true! If I was going to learn to hustle anywhere, it would definitely be here in New York. I’m still trying to find a balance between blogging, work, the gym and having a social life. But I’m determined to get it all figured out. Simply put: time waits for no one, so if you want it, don’t wait until tomorrow to go get it.

Let It Go

Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to worry a lot. Lately, I’ve been practicing just letting things go. I can only control my actions and reactions. Since I can’t control the actions of others, there’s no need to worry or stress it. Just let it go, move on and be happy. This goes for any situation, whether it’s at work, with a friend or in your love life. Pray about it and let it go. You have to be intentional about protecting your peace.

While I’ve learned so much more in these short 6 months, these are the major keys. What have you learned recently on your journey? Leave a comment below.

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