A few months ago I stumbled upon Penelope Trunk's blog
. I then spent the better part of a day reading her posts. I find them really addictive because they're smart, succinct, personal bits of advice on how to think about career and other nagging questions - like whether one should live in New York!
She has several posts that are spot-on fodder for this site.
1. Do you belong in NYC? Take the test
: In my case, the answer to all 3 questions was "No," which helped me to solidify my decision to leave.
2. I'm moving out of New York City
: What I found more interesting than the specific reasons she gives here, is that SHE is moving out of New York. It helped me swallow the idea that ambitious/successful people can - and do - live other places. Even in Wisconsin.
3. How to decide where to live
: The things that stuck with me from this post are both #3s (there is a numbering error) - namely that you'll be unhappy if you live somewhere where people have more money than you (hi Park Slope), and that having more choices (in restaurants, schools, etc) is not necessarily better.
I also just re-found a post called If you're stuck, take an aventure
, which is timely for me personally. When I tell people our plan to travel around the country for a year trying out new places to live, most people say they are excited for us, even envious. But with some people (including myself, during cold-feet moments), there is a tinge of "wow, that's pretty irresponsible... shouldn't you have done that in your 20s or something?" To that reaction, I quote Penelope: "Some might say that an adventure is an expensive, childish way to avoid reality. This is partly true. But who cares?"