This weekend, I sat down with Sal and we looked at our expenses and income over the last six months. And the unfortunate reality is, we just can’t afford to live in New York.
At least, I can’t afford to live here.
Moving from Charlotte was expensive, yes, particularly when you consider the U-Haul and apartment deposits and broker fee, etc. General cost of living here has been higher but bearable, but the real expense is actually enjoying living in NYC.
I wanted to live in NYC because I wanted to see shows, and eat at fabulous restaurants, and go out drinking with friends at awesome bars… I wanted to have that “weekend in New York” feeling every week.
I just can’t afford to do that. And if I’m not able to do that, if all I can afford to do is live in my apartment far away from most of our friends and never leave home, then really, what’s the point?
My job is much better in Charlotte. My social life is much stronger in Charlotte. And if I want to go on a weekend vacation somewhere (NYC? I can actually afford to do so in Charlotte.
I’m sorry to say, this just isn’t what I wanted. It’s time for me to accept that NYC didn’t work out, and move back to Charlotte.
I’m moving back to Charlotte.
No, I don’t know what this means for me and Sal. (Things are looking up for him here, so I can’t imagine he’ll want to move.) No, I don’t know what this means for the dogs, because their home will largely depend on where Sal goes.
And frankly, I’m not 100% sure where I’m going to live, because I have a tenant in my M Street home for six more months. I may move back to my smaller home in the 626 building, at least for awhile.
I really don’t know how this is all going to end up, but I know I need to move back to Charlotte. And my goal is to do so by the end of April. (Today being the first, that gives me a whole month to work it out.)
More to come as things get figured out.