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  1. 1. be a loving wife and mother
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  2. 2. be in a musical
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  3. 3. take voice lessons
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  4. 4. get a puppy
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  5. 5. learn more about photography
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  6. 6. travel to asia and australia
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  7. 7. take a hip-hop dance class
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  8. 8. learn to sew
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  9. 9. bottle feed a baby monkey
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  10. 10. write a novel
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How I did it
How to live in NYC
It took me
18 months
It made me
write a memoir.

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live in NYC

My name is Sarah Protzman Howlett, and I’m 28. I moved to NYC in early 2007 with no job, no apartment and some savings. When people ask why I moved all the way from small-town Colorado to NYC, I say, “Because I wanted to.”

A lot of fear-mongering goes on about moving to New York City. I have yet to get to understand why. Scaring people into thinking they can’t do what we ourselves have done doesn’t make sense.

My blog,, shares the tips and tricks I still use every day. It’ll teach you what a guidebook never could! I love encouraging others who want to move here. I also wrote a memoir, “Two Years in New York City” about my transition experience.

When I had just moved to NYC and made just $30K, I had a lot of people in my ear. I’m not now — nor was I then — under any illusions that this city can’t be cold, expensive and frustrating, but please take heart and — like any good New Yorker would — don’t believe everything you hear.

Beware of absolutes — never, no one, always. These are never true, and they are poison to your goals. New York City life really is as great as they say, and I would recommend everyone who wants to be here to follow through on their dream.


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