North Vs. South: Is New York City Or Florida The Better Place To Live?

North Vs. South: Is New York City Or Florida The Better Place To Live?

I’ve lived in New York City for years, but have lived in Florida for a few months. Which is the better place to live?

I’ve lived in New York City for years but I had the opportunity to live in Florida for a few months and I loved it. Here are the pros and cons of each:

New York City

Late Night stores

You’ll be able to get a snack or come out the club at 4 a.m. if you wanted to. I have two corner stores that are open 24 hours a day, perfect if you get hungry or forgot to buy something during the day.

No need for cars

In New York City you don’t need a car as much as you would need one in Florida. Here in New York we always have subways and cabs within our reach. It is very easy to get from one place to the another. If you have a car be prepared to move the car at random times throughout the day and get tickets here and there. Let’s not forget looking for parking if you don’t own your own parking space, it’s definitely a hassle.


The winter months will be freezing! Be prepared to remove the snow from your car or the front of your home — which is not easy! Also, it will be really uncomfortable to walk in the snow and those days will be the days you don’t want to do anything but stay home. It also can cause depression.


Rent is super high in New York City! I live in the Bronx in a one bedroom apartment and I pay over a thousand dollars for rent...monthly! It is not worth it. The apartments are old and small and you don’t have your own parking lot or your own laundromat in most of the buildings. If you want these facilities or more bedrooms I'm sure you'll be paying more than two thousand dollars.


Late Night

No late night store runs to the local store on the corner — mostly everything in Florida closes early. You’ll have to make sure you have everything you need at home after getting off from work. Also, it is much more peaceful to live in Florida than to live in NYC. At night you won’t hear a thing, maybe crickets, unlike in NY, where you’ll hear sirens or music from your neighbors.

You’ll need a car

When I was in Florida I didn’t have a driver’s license, which made it very difficult for me to move around. I had to depend on other people to make moves. A car is very important in Florida since everything is far away and the weather is very hot, so walking is not as easy as in NYC.


For a reason Florida is called the sunshine state! The climate is pretty warm throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to visit pools water parks, wear summer clothing all year. You won't be locked in an apartment; it becomes easier to enjoy the outdoors when you have such nice weather. For people with kids, this nice weather is very convenient.


When I lived in Florida the apartment was about $800 a month, it included two bedrooms two bathrooms, a laundry room, balcony, parking, gym and pool. The apartment was brand new and the utilities as well. It was totally worth the money.

So, what's my verdict?

Florida is by far a better place to live because you get to enjoy life a lot more throughout the year. Although Florida is prone to hurricanes it is definitely better than having to stay indoors because of freezing weather. So I prefer Florida rather than living in New York City.

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Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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