Have you ever had one of those moments where you realize you’re finally leading the exact life you always wanted to live? I’m 31, female, British and Jewish. Since making the move from London to New York in October 2015, I’ve had more of those moments than ever before.
When I visited New York for the first time years ago, I knew I had to be here. Immediately seduced by its urgent, intoxicating energy and the limitless opportunity in the air, I’d never been more stimulated. I could stroll the streets of New York forever, in all their raw, angular beauty and unapologetic chaos. I’m curious to see if my insatiable appetite for this extraordinary city will lessen… so far not!
It wasn’t the easiest move in the world, even with the blessing of an American passport (my Mum was born in Ohio). I was deep in a relationship that I knew I needed to get out of, but couldn’t bear to rip off the band-aid. My company promised me a transfer to New York and gave me dates, but it fell through time and time again.
Eventually I reached a personal rock bottom: living at home with my parents in the outskirts of London, suffering a heart torturing breakup, coasting at work, and clueless about what to do with my life. New York was the only thing that was clear, so I began applying for NYC jobs as my ticket across the pond.
Out of the blue, a role finally opened up in my company in the New York office, one year after my promised start date, and within 8 weeks I was on the ground in Manhattan.
I started this blog to share all the pleasures (and the rest) that New York has gifted me. And boy have there been some pleasures! New York is a food lover’s fantasy, and I live to eat, so expect to hear the Mmms and Ahhhs of my culinary indulgences. Single for the first time in 5 years, I’ll be entertaining you with unbarred tales of my dating and sexual escapades as I scour the city for my Jewish someone special (which is precisely the reason this blog is anonymous!). Now in my 30s, I’m wising up in vital areas of life, from internet dating to finding balance, so I’ll also be sharing all the tips I can.
The name shemadethemove signifies my literal move to the big apple, as well as my personal philosophy. If there’s anything you want to have, to be, or even just to try; a new job, romantic interest, friend, city, or approach, then get the hell out there and start making that move. You might not get it right the first time, but why not strive to live life as boldly, authentically and joyously as possible? I believe we are all capable of so much more than we realize. This blog is part of my journey in unlocking that potential.
Please feel free to comment openly on my posts, or to reach out about anything and everything (contact details here). I’d love to hear from you!
I wish you happy reading, and happy move making 🙂