It’s been two months since I packed up all of my things and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Looking back on it, I have to say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far. But let’s rewind for a bit and catch up on where I left off.
The five day trip was oddly uneventful— my old car completed the 2600-mile trip without a single problem. I’m glad I waited an extra few days to leave NYC, because by doing so I avoided the snow completely. I drove for about eight to nine hours each day, and slept in motels at night. That kept night driving to a minimum, and aside from being a little bored I didn’t go crazy. I ended up sleeping in Cincinnati (Ohio), Washington (Missouri), Hinton (Oklahoma), and Grants (New Mexico). A lot of it was monotonous farm scenery, but occasionally I’d drive through a bigger city like St. Louis which provided a far more interesting view. As I got into Texas, the weather got warmer and I noticed that the AC in the car wasn’t really working. Not a great sign, but it wasn’t so hot that it bothered me.
I rolled into Phoenix around 4pm on Saturday, March 8th, and I immediately fell in love with the palm trees and warm summer breeze. Coming from NYC where it was below freezing, Phoenix felt like paradise. The apartment complex I moved into was in a less-than-ideal part of Phoenix, but it’s fully gated and the landlord is friendly, so it’s not all bad.
Most people are surprised when I tell them that I didn’t move here with a job waiting for me. Nor did I have a college degree. My girlfriend got a job nine days into living here, at a web design/SEO company known as Falling Up. I subsequently updated my design portfolio, and two days later I got a job offer from Fervor Creative, which I happily accepted.
I immediately loved my job at Fervor, from day one. The people there are all super friendly and cool, and the environment is lovely. I got an iMac to use and I set it up with all of my favorite software, such as Coda and Transmit, along with a second display. Feeling good about my job, I bought a brand new iPhone 5s (more on that later) about a week in.
Just as everything was looking up, my old 2003 Hyundai Elantra started having engine problems. I was okay with the AC not working; I had bought parts and budgeted to fix it, but engine problems can rapidly become very expensive, and I had already put way too much money into the car considering its age. So one day after work, I drove (barely made it) to a Hyundai dealership. I was expecting to just buy a newer used Elantra, but to my complete surprise the dealer worked with me and my limited credit and hooked me up with a great deal on a brand new Hyundai Elantra GT. I gladly took it, knowing that I had the income to afford it.
Within a month of being in Phoenix, I had a stable career and a new car. I still can’t believe how everything came together. Call it luck, call it years of planning; I can’t be thankful enough for how everything has turned out so far.
As for the future, this week I’m planning on moving into a newer apartment complex in Tempe (suburb of Phoenix). I’ve visited the place and it looks like a fantastic place for me to live, plus the surrounding area is clean and convenient. I’ll live there for six months or so until I have plenty of money saved up to finally move into a big house.
To wrap things up, I took a chance. I moved across the country in an old car stuffed with a few of my belongings, to a place I had never been to before, with no friends, no family, nor connections of any kind waiting for me. And I’m much happier than I would have been in NYC. Life is short, so if you’re unhappy then perhaps it’s time to be the change you’re waiting for.