So as many of you know, my fiancé Lucas and I moved to New Jersey after we graduated from college. Well, shockingly enough, it has been a little over a month since our relocation to the east coast, so I figured I would give you a little update on what’s been happening.
We actually have known for about a year now that we would be moving out here to New Jersey for Lucas’s job. He has a full time, real adult job, working with Johnson & Johnson. He actually did a co-op working with J&J back in 2017, which led to this job. Neither of us are from here so it was something we talked a lot because we knew we would be coming out here alone. After really thinking about it, we decided that we are young, and that it would be a great opportunity.
First off, you aren’t allowed to pump your own gas here. For real. Every gas station has attendants that pump your gas for you! While I don’t mind it, Lucas cannot stand it 😂 Another big difference is the turn right to go left driving situation. Some people call these “jug-handles” or a “Michigan left” but it is very tricky. Sometimes they are there…sometimes they aren’t. It definitely keeps you on your toes! Another big thing about living in New Jersey is that there are cute little towns sort of tucked away that you will just stumble upon. You don’t mean to find them and all the sudden you are surrounded by a cute little town! That’s probably one of my favorite things!
While moving to a new place comes new struggles to face and grow from. One of the biggest things I have struggled with since getting here is employment. While I am continuing to work at Madewell, I really need a full time position somewhere. If I am being honest, I am having a bit of a 23 year old, “I don’t know what I am doing with my life” crisis right now so employment is a very touchy subject for me. Another larger struggle is the struggle to find friends. I know I have Lucas, but I would love some friends to go to lunch with or have over to just hangout. Making friends is so easy in college but when you are in a new place, not knowing many people, it’s tricky. Thankfully I have Lucas who keeps me company enough..for now 😉
This should not be a surprise to anyone but living so close to New York City is by far my favorite thing about living here. We are about 15 minutes away from a train station and it only takes us about an hour to get into the city. NYC is my favorite city so being so close is truly amazing. Another thing that I love about living here is just how many places you can get to for a day trip. Boston, Washington DC, and Philly are all reachable either by train or car and aren’t too long to where they make an awesome long weekend trip. That’s so unheard of in the Midwest because everything is so spread out. I also just love my apartment, where I am located in proximity to things, there is stuff to do. We are in a really great spot and I am just so happy.
So there you have it, a little update on what it is like to move from the Midwest to the East Coast. I am currently loving it here and cannot wait to see what new growth it brings Lucas and I! Where are you currently living?