Weekly Update

Weeks Three and Four - The Search Continues

After two weeks of living in Philly I told myself that I'd begin to start opening up my search perameters in regards to a job. Well, now that two weeks have come and gone that is exactly what has been done.

I started slow, looking for some places I'd be interested in/still have something in common with my overall goal. A bike shop with room for photography, a few fitness studios, a book store, places like this where I could potentially network while making a living. 

After a few interviews so far nothing has come to fruition, but so far that has just made me more resilient, but also makes me nervous for future bills. I know that soon push will come to shove and I'll have to get a job I wouldn't prefer just to make ends meet, but hey, I guess it's just another experience. And I've always said that experience leads to good writing.

Which is something that I've actively tried to do more of after moving here: saying yes to new experiences. In future posts I'll talk about some of these that have happened, including dates that I would never have gone on if I acted the same way I did a year ago, or job interviews where I just couldn't see myself there.

Because at the end of the day life is about experiencing new things. If they're good, then that's great, if they're bad, well that sucks but now you have a story and a reason to be wary the next time.

Weeks One and Two - Settling in

When I moved here I gave myself a two week window. Two weeks to settle, kind of figure things out and find a job in my field. 

Now that two weeks have ended, some of that list has been completed. Others haven't, but I'm still working on that.

What's Been Done

Well I got a mattress. That was obviously step one since I'm committed to staying the whole four-ish months, and I'd like to not sleep on the couch. Also with the number of online mattress retailers it made this process pretty simple. I decided to go with a full size Tuft & Needle mattress for $500, and it showed up like an hour after I moved in. 

Seriously - flags do wonders to make your room actually feel like home.

Seriously - flags do wonders to make your room actually feel like home.

And honestly it's the best mattress I've ever slept on. I actually have trouble waking up in the morning because it's too comfortable. Also I'm not affiliated with them in any way, which you probably could've guessed. Oh, and their return policy is 100 days (much like most mail order mattresses) so if I don't like it I can return it, or in their case work with them to donate it to a local charity. So that's pretty neat.

Second on the list was setting the room up. With the help of discarded furniture from around the house and a few flags I brought from home, it actually looks like a livable room now. Some people can live with just white walls, but I can't deal with that. Flags are the perfect cover up, or a tapestry, or anything else you can think of that packs light. So yeah, pro-tip: pack a flag so you don't go insane.

Other than that the only other things that have been done are just day-to-day things like figure out public transit, where the grocery store is, what gym works best (more on that in another post) and the like.

*quick side note, a lot of this wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family and roommates/their friends here. That's definitely helped a ton, psyche-wise and figuring out the area.*

What's Still To Do

Get a job. But yeah seriously that's next up, and it's definitely an ordeal. The only saving grace here is that it at least feels like there are more opportunities in fields that I would like to work. And worst-case-scenario I end up getting a job I hate for a month to pay some rent.

That's basically all I need to do though, I feel as though I've settled fairly quickly and feel relatively at home here. It was definitely a big change moving here, but at the same time it doesn't really feel that different.

I'm not sure if that's because I already knew some people here, or because I really do feel at home traveling, but whatever the reason I'm content with it. Also Philly is a great training city. It's not super big and over-bearing like New York, and it's not close enough to home that I could just drive like Chicago, so this is basically perfect.

I can get my bearings here, and then move on to the next adventure, wherever that may be.


But first I need a job.