My 10 Commandments of New York Living

I’ve learned so much during my last two years as a New Yorker.

  1. Walking around town, climbing the subway stairs and carrying your groceries all count for exercise, clearly.
  2. Always, always hit the restroom before leaving home or work!
  3. SoulCycle is either a rather pricey fitness class or a really cheap therapy session. It’s all about the way you look at it (and if you’re in Danny’s class, it’s well worth it either way).
  4. A mani/pedi is one of the greatest deals around! Plan accordingly and treat yourself often.
  5. On a related note, don’t wear sandals unless you plan to take a shower before slipping under the covers. Ick.
  6. The world produces a lot of podcasts. Take advantage of them to stay entertained during long subway rides, walks, etc.
  7. Want to see a movie without shelling out $15? Hit a matinee before noon at an AMC theater. Six dollars!
  8. Don’t go to certain Manhattan grocery stores (Trader Joes, Whole Foods) on weekends if you can help it. If you do, bring your patience. You will need it.
  9. Order large, light items like toilet paper, paper towels and more through sites like Amazon and Soap.com. Your fellow train riders will thank you!
  10. Always carry hand sanitizer and use it often.

At the end of this week, I will be moving back to the Midwest to be closer to family and old friends and to embrace the greener, calmer lifestyle that is more “me.” I have to admit, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. I feel a bit weak bowing out of this popular city and leaving my amazing co-workers and fantastic job, but I’m trying to remind myself that sometimes making the hard decision can be the strong thing to do. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything and have learned so much—about the world and about myself. And for all my New York City friends: Thank you…and I promise I will visit often!

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