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It begins: my last month as an official New York City resident.
Movers are booked.
The date is set to wake up and start driving away, all my things loaded in my new Subaru Forester – including the pup!
My dog will be 6 this year, and he’s never known much outside of New York. He’s gonna shed SO MUCH in Texas.
It’s a condo, really. I just call it “the house” colloquially.
Looking forward to decorating, and doing little things, like caulking the shower and hanging blinds. Adding my touches. Being in it. Since I closed in December, it’s kind of been… empty.
Here are some pics:
I’ll have a dishwasher. And a king-size bed (for the first time in my life).
Oh and one of these contraptions:
I also can’t wait to trick out my balcony with lights and outdoor furniture and a little doghouse.
All-in-all, I’m super excited and looking forward to switching things up.
This next month will be a crazy time, but I’ll do my best to write here throughout.
Not a magic bullet
I’ve moved around a lot in my life. Enough to know it’s not a cure for problems.
Because you’re still you, no matter where you are. And I’m aware nothing’s accomplished by “running away.”
In short, I’m approaching this move with realistic expectations. Not looking for a magic bullet to change my life or my situation.
It’s time, though, for a change. I’ve been in New York for a sum total of ~11 years. It’s given me a lot. It’s taken a lot.
But before I start pontificating on the trials and joys of leaving New York, I’ll leave it to other (better) writers who’ve already covered the topic in deep detail.
I’m hoping to slow down a bit, get started with real estate investing, and simply experience a change of scenery. I also love the Dallas/Fort Worth airport (and the fact that I can fly non-stop to Tokyo from there!).
Plus, everything’s temporary if you give it enough time.
The move to Dallas will be good for me, and by extension, for Out and Out. I’m looking forward to the new travel opportunities that’ll be there – an American Airlines hub, lots of non-stop flights to new destinations, and super close to where I’ll be living in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas.
I’ll also be in Southwest and Virgin America hubs, which will be interesting as the merger with Alaska Airlines nears – especially given that I’m newly interested in earning elite status with Alaska.
Changes are afoot, and things are wrapping up quickly here in NYC. A month, my god. It’s going to fly.
Thanks to you all for sticking around. Looking forward to the next chapter!
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