As you can see from my travel schedule and all of my past blog updates, it has always been hard for me to stay in one location at one time.
For the past two and half years I have been able to call New York home and it is a city that I have definitely loved. There was a point where I was bi costal where I had a place in LA also for about 9 months, but LA and I did not get along all so well. There are people the feel at home in NYC and people that feel home in LA, and LA does / did not feel like home at all. I still travel there often, but its still not close to my favorite city.
With my travel schedule staying crazy as it has remained over the past two years, I get about 7-10 days home a month. While I love living in NYC I am paying $1500 for a nice studio apartment in the Upper East Side. For those of you that do not know NYC, $1500 for a nice studio in my location is a fair price. Living in NYC is amazing, but it is now time for me to gather my things and move on.
After what has been much debate and consideration I have decided to make Saint Louis my home base, which is where I grew up. I miss being able to get into my car and drive to the stores, the convenience of the suburbs, and being able to have a big house. Living in a small studio is definitely doable, but growing up I a big house and then switching to a studio can be quite difficult.
My best friend in the industry is Austin Wilde (www.austinwilde.com) who is also a Saint Louis native, and now we are going to be living together. Oddly enough we both grew up in the Saint Louis area but until we meet in Chicago May 2009. Ever since meeting our personalities have been a good match, and I am sure after spending weeks together traveling the world we will have no problems living together.
This month I begin my slow move back to Saint Louis, and by July 1 when my lease is up NYC will no longer be my home. For the next three months I will be living in both places and then eventually Saint Louis will be home. I have many friends in NYC so I am figuring that I will be visiting very often, so often it may even seem like I never moved.