Small Town, Big City


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– That quote pretty much sums up how I ended up in New York City – 

I’m a Midwestern girl, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After four years of college in Iowa, I moved back to Milwaukee to start my first job. Life was good – new job, new downtown apartment, new boyfriend. I thought I had it all! 

But after two years at my job, I started to realize something was missing. Was I not being challenged? Did I pick the wrong career? I had an overwhelming feeling of discontent. So I started looking for new jobs.

Those of you from the Midwest can understand…I had this strong sense of comfort being near home. My family is here, my friends, my whole life. So naturally I started looking for new jobs in Milwaukee. After turning over many stones, and finding nothing that thrilled me, I broadened my search to Chicago. It was still relatively close to home, and provided more opportunities and more excitement. But after months of job searching I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something. None of these job opportunities gave me the “ah-ha” moment I was looking for. Maybe it was the jobs, maybe it was Chicago, or maybe it was me. But in that moment I had a fleeting thought…maybe I’m not looking in the right places. 

I was so concerned with being close to home my whole life, that I was limiting my opportunities. I’m in finance. And New York is the CAPITAL of the investment world. I set my sights on NYC and nothing was stopping me. A new excitement filled me – I finally had a sense of purpose.

The next month and a half was a whirlwind. Within three weeks of choosing NYC as my target, I had interviewed my way into a new job, and was set to start two weeks later. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Did I make the right decision? Will I regret it?

It was too late now…I had to find an apartment and move my life halfway across the country in less than 14 days.

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And now, as I sit here six months later, I can tell you with the utmost confidence:

No regrets. I made the right decision that day, and what a life-changing journey this has been so far.


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