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How to Make a Fresh Start in NYC in 2018

Make a fresh start in NYC

There's no better time to make a fresh start than in January. After all, a new year has arrived! Want to make some changes to your life but not sure where to begin? Here's your chance – the beginning of 2018 offers a clean slate and the possibility of starting a new life.

In New York City, you have tons of opportunities to shift what's not working, or get something new going that you haven't considered before. In fact, you're lucky to live in NYC because in this city, the sky is the limit. I put together some suggestions to get you on a new, exciting, and perhaps happier path in 2018.


Things change on a dime in NYC, so the neighborhood that you once loved could be completely different than when you moved there. Perhaps like Chelsea, your nabe has become unaffordable, or maybe the energy has changed and it's now less local and more transient or touristy. Well, you're in luck. With five, big beautiful boroughs out there and dozens of different neighborhoods to choose from, you have the option of moving elsewhere and finding a new place to live.

New York resolution

Yes, moving isn’t easy in the Big Apple, but the truth is, New Yorkers move every single day. They change neighborhoods and switch boroughs because they get a better apartment and often, a better deal. Sometimes they move to experience a different part of New York. Longtime Manhattanites cross the bridge for a backyard in Brooklyn, and native Brooklynites decide to move to Manhattan to live in "the city." Some choose to stay put but downsize, moving a few things into an NYC storage unit, while others leave the city for greener pastures – buying the big house in Westchester or New Jersey – and that's okay too. You can begin by making a wish list of all that you'd like to have in your new home and neighborhood, as well as a price range, and then go ahead with your search.

Change careers

Six years ago, I made a significant career change. I lost my job selling high-end furniture and decided to walk away from the interior design career that I'd known for more than 20 years. That was one of the toughest decisions I've ever made in my life. In 2012, I made a fresh start in life and was determined to focus my energy on writing and blogging, and here I am, still at it in 2018. A career change can happen at any time, but the launch of a new year can provide the nudge that's needed to leap into a different line of work.


Giving back is good on various levels. By volunteering your time and expertise, you'll not only help people in need, but you'll probably gain a better perspective of yourself and your own life. New York offers countless nonprofit organizations, some of which could be seeking your skillset.

Are you a great cook? Volunteer to work in the kitchen at God's Love We Deliver. Are you a leader and have the patience to work with children or young adults? Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Sister. Go to Volunteer March and search for a cause that you can relate to on a personal level. Donating even two or three hours per week can make all the difference in someone else's life—and it can be exactly what you need to change your life around for the better.

Get a new hobby

Have fun and meet people at the same time. New York City is brimming with clubs, cultural events, networking groups, and amusing and educational things to do. From cooking classes to running to bird watching and figure drawing, the options for hobbies in NYC are diverse and plentiful. Check out Vimbly, Meetup, Eventbrite, or CourseHorse to see what piques your interest. Pick something and do it!

Plan a trip
For a fresh start, take a trip

If you don't consider yourself a jetsetter, that's okay, but know that it's never too late to start traveling. One major trip per year could be enough to whet your travel appetite, provide a much-needed break from hectic life in New York, and give you something to look forward to.

Even if you haven't traveled internationally, make this your first year to venture out of the United States. Get a passport (allow a minimum of six weeks for the application to process) and start researching where to go on vacation. If you haven't traveled across the pond before, I recommend Ireland for a first trip. You won't have to worry about communicating in a different language, and the locals are unbelievably friendly. What's stopping you from booking that flight?

NYC is truly one of the best places to start a new life. There's no better time than 2018 to get those wheels turning and make positive changes in your life!

About the author

Tracy Kaler

Tracy Kaler is a ballet dancer turned interior designer turned lifestyle and travel writer who blogs at tracysnewyorklife.com. A former Atlantan, you can now find her byline in The Telegraph, IN New York Magazine, TravelMag, National Geographic, Mabuhay Magazine, am New York and others. When she's not glued to her laptop, you'll find her wandering the streets of New York City or off discovering another part of the planet.

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