I did it! It’s funny that a year later and I’m still in awe that I decided to move after living in Tennessee for 33 years. Seems like half of those years were spent dreaming of what life would be like elsewhere. I’ve always been an adventurous person, wanting to see what was beyond the familiar. I would be engulfed in movies where characters lived in California or New York. I guess that’s why when I finally got the chance to fly, I made the comment that I was moving to California before the plane even landed. It was something about it that pulled on the strings of my heart. Four years after that, I was trekking halfway across the country in my Kia Soul to start a new life.
Since I’ve been here, I’ve learned some helpful and funny things:
1. You’d be surprised at how much you appreciate manners. A simple thank you or excuse me makes my heart smile. It’s some rude folks here.
2. It’s funny when people just want to hear you talk because of your Southern drawl. Yes, I sound country compared to everyone else.
3. Southern food is a gem. Period.
4. I used to think my family was too close. But you’ll be surprised at how much you miss the get togethers when you’re hundreds of miles away and seeing posts on Facebook.
5. Speaking of social media, it has truly kept me sane to see what my family and friends are up to daily. I felt somewhat in the loop.
6. I liked Netflix before moving, but it has truly been my saving Grace when I’m bored. I get engulfed in the movies and series nowadays.
7. When family and friend come to visit, I try to hold back tears of joy. It’s good to see my loved ones!
8. I don’t go to the beach nearly as much as I should. That’s going to change when it warms back up. I love the water.
9. The Valley sucks! That is all.
10. Roommates can make or break your experience of LA when you’re new to the city.
11. Yes, I’ve had 4 jobs in less than a year’s time. I refuse to settle ever again.
12. Speaking of not settling, dating in LA sucks more than in Memphis. Blah!
13. This may sound weird, but the earthquakes I’ve experienced were fun.
14. At one point, I got depressed and thought about going to my backup plan. Being in a new place in a pandemic is Overwhelming at times.
15. I still can’t cook all that well. And to think, I stay in the grocery stores. Dang!
**Bonus: Los Angeles is a beautiful place to live and I like it so far. I guess I’ll continue to make it work for me. I will be successful with the help of God.