Brooklyn Bound

Life Ramblings Travel

Hello! I’ve owed you an update for a while, but life has been crazy. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement.

My mom and Matt’s mom left last Monday, my birthday was Wednesday, Emerson came down with the stomach bug on Thursday, our house hit the market Friday and we had an open house on Saturday, we searched for apartments in NYC Saturday-Monday, Matt finished his last day of work on Wednesday, and Emerson has a fever today. Whew! But we are excited for this adventure, and in the big scheme of things, have nothing to complain about!

Back up to 5 years ago, when Matt entered the world of consulting – he always knew consulting would be a stepping stone for his career, as the travel and lifestyle is sustainable for very few. He started casually looking in Dallas and North Carolina over the spring and summer, but nothing really caught his eye. Then one day in September, his old boss called him up and said:

You should come work for me. I’ll create a position just for you.

Well this seems too good to be true, what’s the catch?

You have to sell your house and your wife has to quit the job that she loves and you have to move to a shoebox in NYC.

No way.


But then Matt learned more about the company and the corporate strategy role he would be taking on, and everyone started to tell us that we’re young and we need to do something exciting while we have one child. And then Matt was able to negotiate that we only have to be in New York for 1-2 years before we could potentially live in the southeast. And we visited Charlottesville and breathed that crisp, fall east coast air.

And just like that we decided to leave a city that we have called home for 5 years. I’m sad about my job, our friends, and the weather. Although, I do think having a baby has shifted my priorities a bit, and I was probably ready for a change. But most of all, I’m ready to have a husband during the week.

We found a place to live in the Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights area, and I couldn’t be more excited to hang out with Emerson and try to figure out what’s next.

  • Susan Bellinger
    October 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Congratulations on the exciting move! And happy belated birthday!

  • Lindsay
    October 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Just wanted to leave a solidarity comment! My husband is a corporate lawyer, working 80+ hr weeks and knows he can’t sustain this once we start having a family (which is hopefully soon!) He’s currently interviewing for a position in another state, and while I really don’t want to leave my job and friends, it’s probably worth it to get my husband back!

  • Whitney S
    October 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Confirm! My husband deployed with a civilian contractor for a year, then we moved from Texas to Maryland and he worked in and out of state for the next 2 years. A job in the barren desert of California came up, that would have no travel!!, and we jumped on it! We knew it was time to have kids and the sorta-together lifestyle wasn’t going to cut it! Best – and hardest! – thing we’ve ever done. Now we are in East Texas again, with 2 kids and he’s a University professor at our Alma Mater. What a wild ride.

    • Laura
      October 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Sounds like an adventure for sure!!

  • Emily
    October 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I’m so excited for you!

  • Leigh
    October 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Exciting adventure! I live in the NJ suburb of NYC and work on the Upper East Side. You’ll probably love it! Lots to do within walking distance for kids and Brooklyn may be hip but also is exploding with young families!

    • Laura
      November 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thanks! I’m excited

  • Melissa
    November 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    How exciting, a new chapter for you all. Having Matt home every night will be worth it. Will you be home full time with Emerson? Can’t wait to see your adventures in NYC!

    • Laura
      November 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

      I’m going to stay home for a couple of months, and take some time to experience being a full time mom and think about what I might want to do next

  • Laura
    November 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    How exciting! What kind of consulting did Matt do? Like project management, analyst, etc.?

    • Laura
      November 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

      He does growth strategy consulting