Taking Chances

An ambitious young woman and her gay roommate navigate life and love in the big city.

Hi there, I’m Jen.

I like music, traveling and my daily coffee. I’m a recent college grad with a degree in communications and the dream of being a successful journalist. So far that dream hasn’t gone anywhere, but I’m ready to change that.


New York. The answer seems obvious, sure, but it’s a lot harder than you think. First off, I had to convince my overbearing parents that my little nowhere town in Ohio isn’t that far away from New York, and that I can take care of myself. I love them and all but I’m 22 years old for pete’s sake.

Anyways, I’m getting off topic. The second step in my master plan of moving to New York was finding a place to live. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone in the city, so I did what any normal person would do.


I responded to an ad for a roommate put up by a guy who has an apartment out in Bushwick. Now before you think I’m crazy or am going to end up in a body bag I should probably tell you he’s gay. Not that that necessarily means I’m in the clear, but I’ll take my chances. (As far as my parents are concerned, I met him in college but he graduated when I was a freshman. There’s no way in hell I’d make it out of this hellhole if they knew the truth.) Some things are better left unsaid.

So what’s next? I have absolutely no idea. 

I don’t know who you are or why you’re reading this, but I should probably thank you. For some reason you’ve stumbled upon these incessant ramblings. What’s the point? Well, there isn’t one, really. I needed a hobby and am about to embark on the terrifying adventure called life as an independent adult. While there’s a lot of things I have yet to learn, I do know that my chances at having any sort of real future involve a place where dreams come true. No, I’m not talking about Disneyworld, or Disneyland for that matter. Ever heard the line “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of?” If you have, then you know the next line goes a little something like this: “There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York, New York, New York.”

If Alicia Keys and Jay-Z can’t clear things up for you then I’m not sure this is going to work. But yes, I’m heading out into the “jungle”, in pursuit of the perfect life. The perfect career, perfect apartment, perfect guy….I know it’s a lot to ask and it’s super cliche, but this is where I’m at. If you feel like following along, I’ll take the company, but if you decide maybe your journey ends where mine begins, I’ll understand. 

So here’s to you (if you’re following me) and our great adventure in the Big Apple.

Are you ready?


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