I’ve hinted about a big life change and I’m ready to share that I will be moving to Atlanta early next year! As a born and raised Cali-girl, I know the south is a whole other world, but I’m excited about the change.
To be honest, the thing that helped seal the deal was my Life List post from earlier this year. One of the consistent themes is travel, it’s one of the largest categories on my list. And when I really think about it, the lifestyle I’m currently living is not one that would allow for a lot of travel.
My life right now consists of working just enough to be able to pay my bills; rent, cable, phone, utilities, car insurance, you know – the essentials. When I start thinking about saving for a trip to Europe or New Orleans I automatically feel a bit discouraged because I know I’ll be saving for a while before either of those things are possible.
I then started asking myself the hard questions, like ” why am I living my life this way? Is it because it’s what’s expected of me or is this the life I want?” After a lot of thought and a few tears, I realized, I’m living the life that others expect from me, mainly my mom.
Earlier this week, I broke the news to my mom, she didn’t take it too well. I explained my opportunity to rent an in-law unit from a close family friend for a little bit of nothing. Their only request being “Save, travel, see the world while you’re young and single.” And honestly, that’s all I want to do. I told her I understand her disappointment, but I can’t live my life trying not to disappoint her. That’s the other thing I figured out, no matter how old I am, I will forever be her baby. She will always try to protect me, from others and myself. But this is one time I need to make my own decision and live with the consequences, good or bad.
It’s bittersweet, because of course I’m going to miss my friends in family in the Bay, but it’s time for a change. The last time I made this big of a decision was for college. I decided to attend F.I.D.M in Los Angeles instead of San Francisco. This will be the first time I move out of state.
I’m no dummy though, I’ve visited Atlanta and loved it! But my plan is not to just move to and stay in The A. I want to go to Mardi Gras next year and attend New York Fashion Week. Not to mention international travel. I want to live out of a suitcase for the first time in my life and just see where the journey takes me. I want to discover the woman I’m supposed to be. I want to live the life that’s meant for me and if that means disappointing others by speaking my truth and living my life, so be it!
I’m so happy that I shared the news with you guys! I’d love to hear your thoughts on Atlanta, listening to your heart, the fear of disappointing others and whatever else you want to share.