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A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $150,000 Salary

(Last Updated On: December 31, 2017)

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Today: a company innovation supervisor who makes $150,000 per yr. This week, she spends some o her cash on cannoli.

Occupation: Corporate Innovation Manager
Industry: Management Consulting
Age: 30
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Salary: $150,000
Paycheck (2x/month): $three,782.24

Monthly Expenses
Housing: $2,250 studio rental in a newly-furnished condo constructing with doorman service and an in-unit washer-dryer

All Other Monthly Expenses
Savings: $1,000 auto-transferred from checking to financial savings account
Family Maintenance: $750. My dad and mom generously paid for my college tuition however my Asian mom hates the thought of payback. We agreed to name it “paying it forward,” and I’ve wired cash residence ever since my first paycheck. Currently, it helps to cowl my brother’s tuition and campus hire.
Internet: $45
Phone Bill: $45
Netflix: $10

Day One

7 a.m. — Panic on the time and bounce off the bed. Usually, I am not a morning individual, however I slept fitfully, conscious of a giant, looming morning deadline looming. Now, it is go, go, go. I throw the kettle on for pumpkin spice tea; it is a fall taste that is extra meh than it sounds, however I need to end up the field. Then, I bounce within the bathe.

7:45 a.m. — Text forwards and backwards with a pal to nail down the lodging for our post-New Year’s Trip to Flores, Indonesia — the place the Komodo dragons dwell! There are three of us, however solely double rooms can be found within the place we’re eyeing. We agree that I am going to tentatively guide a double room for 4 nights whereas she explores different choices. $221.22

eight:15 a.m. — Realize I have not booked my flight to Flores from Bali. It’ll take two minutes (I had them saved) so I repair that. This is a small getaway from our predominant journey, which is to Bali, however I purchased these tickets weeks in the past utilizing miles. After, it is heads down on deadline. $182.68

10:15 a.m. — Hit ship with a sigh of aid. Get dressed and stroll 20 minutes to the subway. When I moved right here a number of months in the past, I used to be so taken with my condo that I did not thoughtfully think about my commute. I am principally okay with my resolution, however a 20-minute stroll nonetheless feels lengthy on New Yorker time.

11:30 a.m. — The very first thing I do once I get to the workplace is use an empty room and name a senior supervisor I lately labored with. She complained to my boss a few slip-up on my crew and considers me accountable, so right here I’m, steeling myself for an “adult” dialog. She warms up as soon as she realizes that is an I am sorry, let’s repair this name, not a Here are all my excuses name. Another sigh of aid for the day.

12 p.m. — For the remainder of the work day, I attend an inner workshop on hashish banking and laws (consulting’s newest “green field,” pun supposed). A pre-workshop lunch is supplied, which is nice since I forgot breakfast; I eat half of a sliced pork and apple sandwich earlier than shedding curiosity, and drink my watery mocha latte. The dialogue is brisk and engaging, and the viewers is without doubt one of the most demographically various I’ve seen in my agency. Color me impressed.

6:30 p.m. — The workshop ends with a drinks reception. I assist myself to a half glass of wine and some prosciutto-wrapped dates earlier than leaving, after which swing by Zara on my method to the subway. I am searching for a brand new pair of black denims however stroll out with a black sweater. Everywhere I flip, there are crushed velvet and sparkly clothes; it is beginning to really feel loads like Christmas. $22

eight:15 p.m. — Pick up a number of groceries on the grocery store subsequent to my condo constructing — pita bread, crackers, blackberries, black sesame ice cream. $15.50

9:45 p.m. — I made the error of opening a piece e mail as I acquired within the entrance door, after which one other mistake in deciding to reply. “It’ll only be a quick edit” became an admittedly enjoyable doc redesign. Decide to drag myself out of the move to get private work completed, primarily as a result of it is my solely free weeknight this week, thus, my solely night time for adulting. I make myself a Dark and Stormy, textual content my sister, eat a pita pocket stuffed with hummus and half an avocado, and prep salads for the subsequent two lunches: kale, baked hen strips, avocado, and beets. After that, I slap on a clay face masks, select work outfits for the subsequent two days, manage my socks and tights, and pack up on-line purchasing returns that I hold laying aside. Isn’t adulting horny?

1 a.m. — Listen to a string of voice messages from a pal in London after which tuck myself into mattress.

Daily Total: $441.40

Day Two

eight:15 a.m. — Drift awake and panic as a result of I ought to have been up an hour in the past. Drink some lemon water (I lately determined to maintain a jug within the fridge), bathe, and dress. Good factor I had my work outfit laid out.

eight:42 a.m. — Grab an Uber to the subway and bounce on the specific practice; expense it to work. I might technically expense an Uber straight to the workplace right now (I am guest-presenting to a world working group) however expertise has proven me that the specific subway is extra dependable than morning site visitors in midtown. ($7.25 expensed)

9:20 a.m. — Get to the workplace with time to spare earlier than my presentation. I make a espresso (hazelnut creamer, yesss) and discover a granola bar within the depths of my bag.

9:30 a.m. — Showtime. My presentation goes over properly, and I am invited to hitch the subsequent working session as an inner advisor for a workshops collection they’re creating. I am excited however cannot say sure till I run it again up my management chain. Working on a world crew means numerous forms over what’s a strategic use of my time.

12:30 p.m. — I’m tempted by the pierogis within the workplace café, however I’ve my packed salad for lunch. I nurse a second, after which third espresso from the pantry over crew conferences and requires the remainder of the day.

6:30 p.m. — A senior supervisor (and superb pal) from out of city is right here on enterprise, so we exit for dinner at a Thai restaurant with a gaggle of colleagues. We share a ton of appetizers, and I pack half of my big plate of scrumptious, basil hen fried rice to-go. A handful of us transfer on to a close-by bar, the place the Hall & Oates tune “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” conjures up an interesting (and NSFW) dialog on private boundaries. The senior supervisor picks up each tabs.

1:50 a.m. — Share an Uber residence with my colleague, who’s crashing on my sofa so she would not should trek again to New Jersey. We have a remaining nightcap and gossip about boys, then go to sleep later than we should always. ($11.50 expensed)

Daily Total: $zero

Day Three

eight:15 a.m. — Nudge my colleague awake. We costume speedily, and I wash down milk thistle with lemon water in gentle of the ingesting we did the night time earlier than. On the way in which to the subway, we get lattes and pastries at a hipster café. I counsel we use this commute time for our mentoring check-in, which provides us time to get again later within the day and permits me to expense breakfast. ($12.50 expensed)

2:30 p.m. — It’s a full-on day with back-to-back working periods, planning workshops in Brussels, Zurich, and Montana. I normally journey twice a month to ship these periods, so once I’m again within the metropolis like I’m now, all of my time is spent planning for the subsequent spherical. I eat my Thai leftovers for lunch throughout a convention name.

four:30 p.m. — After some inner debate, I textual content N. to ask if he is free later that week to hang around. We had an important first date a number of weeks in the past, then he went on vacation, and we each acquired wrapped up in respective Thanksgiving plans. We actually hit it off, however I do not need to construct my hopes up. I positively have an inventory of males who’ve ghosted after, and regardless of, improbable first dates. While my New Yorker buddies guarantee me that is widespread, it is nonetheless baffling. You agreed we had a good time! You proactively requested to satisfy once more! And then when confronted with the precise planning … silence. Aziz, write a sequel and break it down for a sister.

7:30 p.m. — Meet my pal for a fast chew at a close-by diner (his workplace is only a block away) earlier than we head to a live performance. Unfortunately, the Christmas vacationer crowds have hijacked most eating places. It takes eternally to get a server’s consideration however the meals comes tremendous quick, which makes up for it. We break up a burger, have a beer every, and catch up. My fatigue is certainly setting in, however my pal — a grasp of puns — will get me laughing, and I get a second wind of power. We normally take turns paying so he picks up this tab, understanding I am going to get drinks on the live performance. Hop the subway collectively to Brooklyn.

9:15 p.m. — I get us beers, and we catch a part of the opening act (a improbable Bibi Bourelly) earlier than Jacob Banks will get on stage. It’s an intimate however danceable gig, marred solely by an annoying couple in entrance of us that may’t determine whether or not to make out or dance with abandon; both approach, they hold blocking our view! Midway by means of the set, I get us a second spherical of drinks. $22

11:15 p.m. — Jump in a cab residence and crash, forgetting to take off my make-up. $12.50

Daily Total: $34.50

Day Four

eight a.m. — I hit snooze a number of occasions, understanding that I am working from residence right now, and my first name is not till 10 a.m.

9:30 a.m. — A barrage of emails convinces me that I must get transferring. I make a cup of pumpkin spice tea, and eat some chia seed pudding with almond milk and turmeric. Like the lemon water, I’ve discovered it useful to continuously keep a jar of this within the fridge and prime up when it is low. I mentally put together myself for 3 hours of convention calls, all of which I am main.

1:30 p.m. — Break for a selfmade salad of kale, roast hen strips, almond slices, sliced apples, and roasted sesame dressing.

four p.m. — Still hungry, so I snack on black sesame ice cream. I would hoped to go to a day yoga class however my inbox is seething with issues that want a response earlier than finish of day. This is the first purpose I do not work out sufficient.

5:30 p.m. — Close my laptop computer for the day! Take a leisurely stroll to a South African restaurant within the neighborhood close to mine, and meet a pal for a fast, pre-theater chew. The menu has numerous fascinating dishes I attempt to work by means of every time I go to, so we break up an appetizer and seize a drink. $23

6:45 p.m. — Brisk stroll to the playhouse. My pal stops useless in his tracks and doubles over once I point out that the model of The Fountainhead we’re watching is four-hours lengthy … and in Dutch. Turns out, I forgot to say these key particulars. This was a birthday present to him (he prefers experiences to things), and now I fear it was a nasty selection. It seems to be riveting! Even although there’s an intermission to interrupt up the 4 hours, I get extraordinarily fidgety within the final 20 minutes.

11:30 p.m. — We meet up with different buddies who have been additionally on the play and eat a late dinner within the space. We order oysters and cocktails and debrief concerning the play; none of us can bear in mind the final time we devoted 4 consecutive hours to an endeavor, not to mention sat nonetheless for 4 hours. Midway by means of our meal, the forged walks in and we applaud. They nonetheless have a number of nights to go and should be exhausted. $46.78

1:15 a.m. — After all that sitting down, I determine to stroll again residence whereas the others seize cabs. One pal joins me for a part of the route, then jumps on a Citi Bike. I like the peacefulness of strolling residence alone. The air is crisp and most of the brownstones have their Christmas decorations out already. At residence, I go to sleep with my make-up on (once more) whereas alternating between doggo memes on Instagram and Tinder swipes.

Daily Total: $69.78

Day Five

9:45 a.m. — My alarm goes off, with a reminder that I am purported to Skype a pal who simply moved again to London from Nepal. I textual content to ask for an additional hour, and have a small snooze.

11 a.m. — Skype my pal and concurrently make breakfast: extra of that spiced pumpkin tea (it is beginning to develop on me) with almond milk, and Greek yogurt layered with granola, almond slices, and blackberries.

three p.m. — Take an Uber to the workplace. I normally do not are available in on weekends, however my boss is heading to Zurich and desires me to print and prep supplies. I’ve dinner plans in Midtown East anyway so that is principally a free, quick journey into the town. ($18.71 expensed)

three:40 p.m. — Oh my god, I forgot about vacation crowds. Traffic is diverted, some streets are pedestrian solely, and I completely underestimated the throngs of vacationers clamoring for a glimpse of the tree at Rockefeller Center. Getting to the workplace is an train in persistence.

four:45 p.m. — Take the subway then stroll to my pal’s condo. She’s an aspiring chef who runs month-to-month supper golf equipment in her one-bedroom condo, and tonight is the primary time we’re co-hosting a casual storytelling supper membership. The premise is easy: She cooks; I facilitate; everybody brings their very own story, and it is BYOB drinks. I assist with meals prep and run out to Trader Joe’s to get ginger beer for a big pitcher of Moscow Mules. While there, I choose up cannoli, Christmas cookies, chocolate oranges, beet crackers, and sausages for my week forward. $27.45

7:45 p.m. — Our buddies begin to arrive and pour themselves drinks; somebody even introduced all of the elements to make Negronis! I kick off the night time with improv storytelling, share floor guidelines (basic items like, “Don’t be judgmental.”), and we’re off! Over the primary course, I share my story; over the programs that observe, I fish names out of a bowl and invite that individual to share their story. We’re seven folks in complete and the dialog spans Scientology, journey snafus, Burning Man, moonshine, tipping etiquette, and the Singularity. Everything is themed round “the first time” (since this whole night time is a pilot), and my pal additionally cooks dishes she’s by no means made earlier than, together with wild venison in lettuce cups, minced buffalo with Szechuan peppers, broiled sea bass, Indian carrot salad, and roast quail.

1:15 a.m. — We end with cannoli and a bottle of cava, feeling fairly happy that the storytelling supper membership assemble labored! We have already got concepts brewing for the subsequent one.

1:35 a.m. — I am able to name it an evening after a number of consecutive late nights, however certainly one of my buddies at dinner convinces me (begs, actually) to be his wing lady. He has a crush on pal of mine, L., who could not make it to dinner however is up for a nightcap. I am already seeing her for brunch tomorrow, however he is like a brother to me, and the bar is considerably near residence, so I take into account it a favor. We bounce in a Lyft Line; he pays.

2 a.m. — We sit on the bar and notice that it is the fourth weekend in a row we have all frolicked — primarily as a result of not having to journey for the previous 5 weeks means I have been obtainable to hang around. This form of uninterrupted stretch solely occurs twice a yr and I’ve to essentially push for it. It took weeks of repeatedly voicing my latest work fatigue and “brownout” earlier than my boss agreed that I might give attention to distant initiatives for the final month.

three:19 a.m. — Two drinks later, I bounce in an Uber residence whereas my pal walks L. residence; wink, wink. I ignore a textual content from a fuck buddy; proper now I simply want my very own mattress. $26.79

Daily Total: $54.24

Day Six

11:25 a.m. — Wake from a really blurry dream with Ryan Gosling as my boyfriend to a textual content from L; she’s operating late for brunch. I strive to return to the dream however it’s not occurring. Also belatedly notice I’ve missed the morning yoga class I would deliberate to go to.

12:25 p.m. — Cross the street, actually, to brunch. I order a fried hen sandwich and occasional, and L. orders mac and cheese and a Bloody Mary and proceeds to spill on the night time earlier than. I go on a few of the extra intimate particulars — he is my pal, in any case — however hey, not less than somebody’s making progress. N. nonetheless hasn’t texted me again, and L. agrees that I should not textual content once more, even when the intuition to get passive aggressive is floating proper under the floor. We chat concerning the ex she’s assembly with to clear the air, and determine that I am going to accompany her to an condo viewing later. I get half my hen sandwich to go and some spoonfuls of her mac and cheese. She pays, and I instantly Venmo her. $30

1:45 p.m. — L.’s ex reveals up so I make a swish exit. I stroll to the financial institution to withdraw money, after which head to a nail salon, solely to finish up making an appointment since they’re full. On my stroll residence, I drop right into a random boutique and stroll out with a Christmas current for my finest pal. $25

three:15 p.m. — L. meets me in in entrance of my constructing, and we stroll a number of blocks to the condo viewing. With the pending L practice shutdown, she’s exploring different neighborhoods; it could be nice to have a lady pal so shut. The viewing jogs my memory that I ought to positively be paying much less in hire…

three:45 p.m. — I need to hear how the dialog together with her ex went, so we get espresso and cake at an enthralling café we handed on the way in which to the viewing. We marvel at emotionally mature males, and those that get away. $16

four:30 p.m. — Leg it to my mani-pedi appointment, the place I change my telephone off and browse Here (the journal by Away) cowl to cowl. I purchased myself Away baggage for my birthday final month and it was value each penny. $55

6:30 p.m. — Much wanted night time in. I water my vegetation, pack for my work journey to Dallas, and do a spherical of laundry. I end off the hen sandwich for dinner, and add chopped kale to the mac and cheese so I am not simply consuming carbs on carbs. Before mattress, I faff round studying random articles on-line and making a brand new fall-winter playlist.

Daily Total: $126

Day Seven

eight:30 a.m. — Up with, what else, a cup of spiced pumpkin tea.

eight:52 a.m. — Order an Uber to the airport (expensed). It’s a swift, painless safety course of right now, which is not normally the case at LaGuardia. Before boarding, I get a espresso and a BLT bagel ($46.57), additionally expensed.

10:30 a.m. — I actually ought to work on this airplane journey, however I simply do not feel prefer it. Decide to unplug with a fluffy chick flick Home Again. The video freezes 10 minutes earlier than the ending however I can predict what occurs. (Wikipedia later verifies this.)

2:30 p.m. — Land in Dallas the place it is 82 levels! I take the shuttle to my lodge, which is paid for by the corporate. I am the one one within the minivan so the driving force lets me choose the music, and we chat idly about hip-hop. Listening to Miguel; driving previous open fields with the solar on my face — if solely all journeys might begin this fashion.

three p.m. — After checking into the lodge, I order an Asian hen salad and coconut water and get to answering emails. ($12 expensed)

four:30 p.m. — Meet a colleague within the lodge foyer so we are able to take a convention name collectively. Sitting outdoors within the solar in early December feels superb.

6 p.m. — We meet up with the remainder of our crew for dinner. Tomorrow, now we have our biannual technique offsite; tonight, now we have a personal room booked with an open bar. I make a plate of avocado blended inexperienced salad, carrot and blue cheese salad, and baked salmon and pumpkin pie from the buffet bar, and wash it down with prosecco.

7 p.m. — The Christmas gag present trade commences! I give my ticket to a colleague as a result of I actually don’t desire extra stuff at residence, and the Pocket Manfriend I am re-gifting finds a contented residence.

9 p.m. — The crew heads to a different bar. More wine is liberally poured, and we determine to partake in trivia night time. We do higher than anticipated however do not win.

11:15 p.m. — We name it an evening and head again to the lodge. Before mattress, I text-flirt just a little with a pal who’s sending ambiguous alerts, and we verify plans for the theater once I’m again.

Daily Total: $zero

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