memorial day, 2011. everything changed when my close and dear friend Chelsea + I packed up a U-Haul and drove our butts to NYC with very little money, no jobs and no secured apartment.
and yes we got our U-Haul stuck in a hotel parking garage, but it’s not a big deal.
i know i know WHAT WERE WE THINKING. who moves across the country?? without much money?? and NO JOB?? AND NO APARTMENT??!??!!? well, we did. and we did just fine. we ate popcorn for breakfast lunch and dinner, had no money to do anything fun so we had to be really creative about how to enjoy the city, and yes we loved EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF IT.
i have learned that the way you know you’re on the right track to exactly where you need to be is that the universe opens up opportunities for you and everything just seems to … happen. seamlessly. we found an apartment on the drive out and signed the lease the day we arrived. check. we both went into restaurants in Times Square the next day and got jobs. check. we got the bare bones for our apartment and a metro card and set ourselves up. cheeeeckkkk.
we made it happen. we made it work. we turned what we sacrificed into opportunities to have fun and laugh and enjoy the moment instead of complaining about what we didnt have. lack of air conditioning turned into times when we would hilariously cover ourselves with cold wet compresses to bear the summer heat. only eating popcorn made us so excited for real meals and we appreciated them infinitely. we enjoyed the “free” events in the city and saw parts of the city we wouldn’t have if not for our dwindling bank accounts.
so what were we thinking? we were thinking we’ve always wanted to be in this city, to give our dreams a shot, to test it out, to try, to take the leap, to … go for it. i think we actually had it way more figured out then than i have since. now 2 arm tattoos and 6 years later, i call NYC home, and it’s definitely where my heart is.
happy weekend lovelies
xx Ashli ft. my girl Chelsea 🙂