In case you missed my most recent news shared on my social channels… I’m moving to CHICAGO! Los Angeles will forever hold an extremely special place in my heart. It’s the place where I have grown in ways I didn’t know were possible. It’s the place where I further discovered who I am and what I believe in. It’s the place where I had so many new experiences and was able to meet so many wonderful people. It’s a place that I’ll never ever forget…
With that being said, I can feel in my heart that this magical place is not my lifelong home and it was never meant to be so. Los Angeles was meant to be an extremely meaningful part of my journey and I have zero regrets in coming here. Coming to California had always been a dream of mine but I had NO idea what to expect when I got here. As I wrap up my precious time in this beautiful place, I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I’ve learned since living here.
1. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems or as bad as it could be.
LA is a place full of opportunity and there’s always something new around the corner. If one thing doesn’t work out, there’s always a different route you can choose to totally change your circumstances. But this doesn’t just apply to LA. There’s opportunity everywhere! You just have to open your eyes to see it.
2. Nothing is permanent.
Well, almost nothing anyway. Moving to Los Angeles was something I had always wanted to do, but to say I wasn’t scared would be a lie. The beauty about moving is that you can always move back or move again! The beauty about most things in life is that they’re never permanent. Moving here taught me it’s good to take risks and to do the things that scare you. Sure, they might not work out or go the way you thought they would, but that’s better than living with regrets or forever wondering “what if”.
3. Patience is a virtue.
I’m not an inherently patient person, but I definitely think it is something I have had to learn how to be. Maybe it’s because it can take you 45 minutes to drive 5 miles in LA or maybe it’s because things can be so quick to change, but I’ve learned patience is a virtue and is an extremely valuable tool.
4. Change is not a bad thing.
Change can be scary, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Not to hate on the Midwest, but living on the west coast taught me that life is meant to be lived and that change is the key to growth. Life is meant to be full of NEW experiences, things, and people. It’s not meant to be doing the same things with the same people at the same places year after year. Los Angeles taught me to embrace new experiences. Switching things up is how you keep life interesting.
5. Our world is WAY too obsessed with celebrities.
Living in Hollywood was quite the experience to say the least, but one thing I learned was just how obsessed people are with celebrities and/or people with money/status. Don’t get me wrong – there’s definitely a few people who I would likely drool over if I ever saw them in person, but the obsession is off the charts here. Why do we care so much about celebrities? And why do people always say, “Oh I met ___ one time at ____ and they were SO nice!” as if we actually know these people from a 15-second interaction? I just think people here get SO wrapped up in that world and I honestly just could never relate or understand.
6. Take care of your body, both physically AND mentally.
People in California are fit – there’s no other way to say it. Everyone here works out and cares about their physical appearance (sometimes a little TOO much but that’s maybe a topic for a separate blog post haha). But people here also know the importance of taking care of yourself mentally. Yoga, meditation, therapy – whatever! I’ve struggled with anxiety for a very long time but over these last three years I’ve started really focusing on my mental health and I can say that it’s definitely gotten a lot better. Yoga and meditation specifically help me immensely. Living here taught me the importance of taking care of my mind and body.
7. Be open minded.
Everyone is different and everyone has had different experiences. Why do we judge things or people that are different than we are? Why do we make assumptions about things/people we know absolutely nothing about? Living in LA has taught me the importance of acceptance and being open minded. Don’t be so quick to judge things that are different than you.
8. The world is so much bigger than you.
I remember very clearly the first time I realized this. I lived by Runyon Canyon and would hike after work. One night, I hiked up and sat on a rock while watching the sun go down. The world started to get dark and lights starting coming on. From up there, I was looking down on all of Los Angeles and realized just how big this city is. Much bigger than any other place I had ever lived before. In that moment, I realized just how big the world is and just how small all of us are in it. The world is full of people and places and things. For whatever reason, I found this very calming. I realized all of my “problems” were small in comparison to things happening around the world.
9. You are stronger than you think.
I moved to LA during one of the hardest times in my life. There’s a lot more to that story and I won’t go into detail here, but I moved here having no idea if I would be able to pull it off. But I did. And even though I’m moving again, I don’t look at it like I’m “giving up” or like I could only “last here” for three years. I look at it like I took a chance – Los Angeles was wonderful and I have no regrets, but it’s time for the next adventure. So just remember–> Even during your toughest times, you are always stronger than you think you are.
10. You can start over whenever you want to.
I can’t stand when people say “people never change.” People can change if they really want to. You don’t have to be the same person you were 5 years ago or even yesterday. With each day, you have the opportunity to be whoever you want to be. Moving to LA gave me the chance to start over. I rediscovered who I was and what I believed in and believe I have changed a lot since moving here. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t start over.
If you ever have the opportunity to move away from home even if only for a year, I highly recommend doing so. When you move to a place that is completely different than where you are from, learning a few things about life and about yourself is inevitable. Getting out of my comfort zone was exactly what I needed and I am so thankful for the time I have spent in Los Angeles. Who knows – maybe I’ll be back one day!
If you’ve made the trip out to the west coast, I would love to hear what you learned by doing so! Drop a line in the comments below.