How to not just survive, but thrive?
March 26, 2011 11:05 AM Subscribe
I might hate New York, I might love that job. Now what?
posted by lab.beetle to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am currently living in New York and very ambivalent about living in the city. However, I just got offered my dream job - in the city. What now? I both can't imagine turning down the job (amazing colleagues, good resources, supportive, simulating environment), and I can't imagine not living in a relatively small town with easy access to mountains.
I'm an academic, so the choices are always somewhat limited. The position is in many ways ideal - the best in terms of fit, and includes resources I might not be able to find anywhere else. That said, I do have other offers in smaller towns. For me, this really feels like a question about work vs life priorities.
I've lived here for a few years, and still find it an overwhelming, crowded, noisy place to live. Sometime I just want to be able to go to a grocery store and be able to buy good produce at a reasonable price, to be able to go trail running near my house, to be able to get to climbing, hiking, etc. without hours of travel.
Are there any other small town, outdoors seeking people out there who have found a way to enjoy this fine city?
Specific recommendation about train commutable towns to live in or other creative solutions would be greatly appreciated.