Here we are, a little over six months from when we officially said goodbye to our friends and families and most of our stuff.
If you’re new to the blog, my husband and I moved from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to seek better work and more sunshine. We got rid of most of our things and packed the rest into a little Honda Civic.
It feels like we’ve been here forever, but recently we got the chance to go back to Indiana and it was strange how much it felt like we never left.
Before I get into the personal updates, I want to give a little general advice.
If you want to move, move.
This phrase can be adjusted for anything you’re aspiring to do. If you want to X, X.
You don’t have to move. It’s not for everyone. But it was for us!
The most rewarding thing that has come out of this whole journey is the confidence. We wanted to do something, so we did it. We are giving ourselves the opportunity to decide what we want from life, rather than waiting for life to decide for us.
The initiative we took for this crazy move will help us in the future. The way we’ve learned to deal with naysayers and critics (although I’m still working through it) will also help us.
Be confident. Go for it.
Our first six months
We’ve been through some big changes, but there hasn’t been a challenge we were unable to overcome. Yet. So, here’s what’s up.
Home sweet home
We were able to dive into apartment searching immediately, and we were able to spend our fourth night in LA in our own new IKEA bed.
Since then, we’ve furnished the apartment very intentionally. I think we’ve done well getting furnishings that are really useful and beautiful – this is the loveliest apartment I’ve ever lived in.
My husband and I agree that we don’t really miss what we got rid of. In fact, it’s funny how little of it we actually remember. There’s not a single sweater or book that I want back.
We started fresh and uncluttered, and we’re still (mostly) fresh and uncluttered.
The daily grind
This has been a good move career-wise for both of us. I’ve had more opportunities pop up with my work from home jobs, and my husband was able to quickly jump back into more meaningful employment.
When we arrived, he was able to transfer to a Trader Joe’s not far from our new home while he waited on a call from a company more relevant to his interest. He got the call earlier than expected and now he’s working closer to the heart of the television and film industry.
Going back to what I said earlier, we made this change to help get us both working more on what we love. We’re not 100% there yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.
States of mind
While I personally have some tough days (working from home can drive you crazy), I realize that I’d rather have tough days in California than in Indiana.
The difference between the two is that by moving, we actually seized an opportunity that was in front of us. We took the 2,000 mile risk instead of letting it pass us by.
Having a tough day is bad, but having a tough day and dwelling on missed opportunities is worse.
This city requires an active lifestyle and we find ourselves wandering new streets, beaches and mountains each week. We’re busy and tired like most Millennials, but it’s nice to have a little tan while doing it all.
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To make sure I don’t paint too rosy of a picture for you, I’ll let you in on a bit of a downside to the move. Since I work from home, I don’t know too many people out here.
The new friends I have made are all through my husband’s coworkers, so I don’t always get to see them. But when I do, I cherish that social time.
I tend to prioritize work over play, so meeting new people has been difficult (not that I’ve tried that hard).
The next step is to take some sort of class to get me interacting with other humans on a regular basis. Have you moved to a new city without a lot of avenues for meeting people? I’d love to hear what you did.
Because it can make a person crazy.
Since we’re already halfway through our lease, we’re starting to look into re-signing or moving somewhere nearby.
Some people doubted that we would make it past a year out here, so I’m excited to start into year two and show them what we’re made of.
We’ve been tossing around some big ideas for 3-5 years down the road that will impact this blog and I’m excited to share those plans when they become more concrete.
In the meantime, I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, so expect more posts soon.
How was the first half of your 2015?