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Home is always so much more than just a building. What makes a place your own is how it enriches and supports every aspect of your needs. It’s the environment you choose to inhabit. It’s the community you not just join but have a hand in building. This is why it is so important to take the time to make the best decisions for you. For many in the LGBTQ+ community, homes tend to be in bigger cities. This is largely a result of the prevalence of positive opportunities offered by city living.
Yes, there is some progress in smaller towns, but you’re unlikely to have the same amenities, relationship prospects, or opportunities you’ll find in a city. Yet, city living comes bundled with some challenges. The most prevalent of which is how city living can impact your financial health.
Let’s take a moment to look at how you can approach a move to the big city in a budget-conscious and sustainable way.
City Living Requires Financial Vigilance
The higher cost of living in cities means each new expense has the potential to push the boundaries of your finances a little further. This can easily spiral out of control. It’s therefore important to make certain your approach is subject to regular financial vigilance. This doesn’t mean counting every penny in a way that adds more stress to your life but rather empowering yourself to make more informed plans and decisions.
Let’s face it, knowing your financial state isn’t always comfortable — how many times have you felt the pang of anxiety when waiting for your bank balance at an ATM? But it gives you greater control over your life and helps you plan ahead. In a world where LGBTQ+ people are less likely to be homeowners, this commitment to financial awareness can be instrumental in helping you buck the trend and save for a downpayment. There are tech tools to help you to do this. Some of them are relatively straightforward, like banking apps that give you real-time information on your balance and messages when payments are made. You can also utilize simple accounting software, like Quicken, which can help you track the flow of your income and expenses or Intuit Mint which also gives you access to your ongoing credit score.
Before you make the move to the city, this financial vigilance can help you make the best possible start. It shows you what you can afford now and whether you’re likely to be able to maintain this. Whether you’re purchasing or renting, you should take the time to plan well in advance. Your rent or mortgage, and also the furniture you’ll need to buy, are likely to be significant expenses. Use your knowledge of your financial state to create a savings budget that suits your priorities. If you have a long timeline to prepare for the move, the 50/30/20 Rule can be practical. This is where 50% of your post-tax income goes to needs, like rent, utilities, and groceries. Thirty percent goes to wants, such as entertainment. The remaining 20% goes into savings. However, if you’re on a tighter time scale, it can be worth setting up automated savings with your bank that takes a larger percentage of your paycheck and keeps it aside for your move.
Location and Timing
Some cities will obviously be more expensive than others. Especially in cities like Nashville, with a rapid growth rate, it may seem that city living is outside of your budget. However, moving to a city is often about making compromises. Look outside the central metro areas, perhaps in neighborhoods currently undergoing development — unfinished or renewing neighborhoods spots can mean you can get a home at its lowest price point while improvements are being made. This doesn’t mean you should be engaging in or supporting the gentrification of, but be open to routes of affordability. One of your compromises might be living a commuter distance from central areas — this will generally mean you’ll find homes you can afford and still have practical access to the communities you value.
Another often overlooked factor in finding the right property is time. In general, the current climate is considered a good time to buy a property — both as personal property and as an investment. Interest rates are relatively low, and fewer first-time buyers are looking at the market. Federal and state governments often offer tax breaks to encourage homeownership, too. But alongside the general opportune moments, real estate is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Apartment prices can tend to rise in cities in the lead-up to new semesters due to the demand from university students. Winter is often the cheapest time to buy a home, as few people want to move during colder months, but the trade here is usually less inventory available. Take time to research the market fluctuations in your target city, and incorporate house hunting at slower times of the year as part of your moving plans.
Saving and Investing
For many people looking to move to a big city, savings and investments can seem like unattainable goals. However, they are essential to make certain you can both weather the hard times and have some sense of financial stability. As such, it’s worth taking the time to understand how you can succeed in your goal of city living.
Yes, working a percentage of your income for savings into your budget is a primary aspect of this. But it’s also about knowing where to put your money. Financial institutions have not always been friendly to gay couples, but there is an increasing movement for ensuring you can both find quality investments while also making sure the capital is put toward LGBTQ+ family-friendly businesses and organizations. One of the good points about city living is there is often greater access to information through the local community about investment schemes and organizations. Take time to talk to neighbors and friends, seek insights and experiences, and get recommendations about the relevant financial advisors and investment businesses.
Living in a big city can be a way to connect with a thriving community. However, you need to put some focus into maintaining financial literacy and researching where and when you can locate affordable properties. It’s not an insignificant amount of work to put in, but it’s essential for finding not just a house, but a home.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.