When approached with the opportunity at Elliott Browne I was unsure where I was in my life, if anything I was a bit lost, caught between a rock and a hard place. I was “comfortable” with my life in London but there was something missing.
I’d never been to the States before moving here - crazy I know!! I completely threw myself in to the deep end and it has been the best decision I’ve made to date.
I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve heard “OhMyGod you’re British, speak again” or how many times I’ve confused people by putting milk in my English Breakfast tea…
The closest Nando’s is in Washington DC, 300 miles away!
House hunting – both great fun and extremely painful! Cupboard size bedrooms or flex walls are legit a thing!
Fire trucks sirens sound like a dying cat, and it gets louder and louder.
Anything healthy costs you an arm and a leg – it’s cheaper to live on takeout, people basically live on Mexican food, bagels, penne vodka pasta and pizza slices!
Seamless is literally your best friend.
Alcohol is 100% 10x stronger here, either that or they just give you your choice of spirit with a dash of mixer.
Any sporting event is just an excuse to drink a lot of beer and shout so be prepared to lose your voice and not have a clue what’s going on.
There are local and express subways on the same line – I get lost on a regular basis.
Brooklyn isn’t as scary as you believe before going, if anything it’s genuinely really cool – let’s face it, there’s good and bad areas everywhere.
Rooftop bars – you’ll never get tired of the bright lights of the city!
You live your life walking around reminiscing on movie scenes and to be fair life here is like living in a movie anyway.
My advice would be that if you want something, go for it! No matter how big or scary it may be, it could easily change your life and be the best thing to happen to you. I live more, laugh harder and I work with really cool and inspirational people and am challenged every single day whether that be at work or just from the beautiful city that is New York!
“Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while; take risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride may not be as predictable to if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a hell of a lot more interesting”.