You Are Your Own Limit | I Finally Moved To LA
Have you ever wanted to do something but kept putting it off for various reasons? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. I’ve been talking about moving to Los Angeles for the past 5 years. I’ve visited about 3 times within that time and each time I kept saying “ I feel like I belong here!”. Before visiting for the 1st time back in 2014, I would always say, I want to live in LA but I had not been. For my birthday, I visited and had an amazing time, it is what I had imagined it being. After my first visit, I was certain that I would move here but the “when” was the question. Timing always played a major part in me deciding when to move. As time went on, I realized that as long as I kept analyzing, no time was really going to be “the perfect” time to do it.
In a perfect world, I would be established as an entrepranuer and can continue to design, create and run a business day to day here. After years of working on it, that is not the reality of my situation. I haven’t quite stopped working at it, it just hasn’t happened already, and that is okay, I guess. I honestly got tired of waiting for the ideal situation to make it happen and set a goal. Last year, I made a vow to myself to be living in LA in March of 2019. When I said it, I was not afraid at all, I literally started researching areas to live, average apartment costs, applying for jobs, watched countless YouTube videos etc. It wasn’t until December when I kept telling people that I was moving that I started to become slightly afraid as I only had 3 months to my goal. I started getting call backs for interviews but wasn’t moving forward to the next steps. So I said you know what, I’m serious about this move, I said March so March it is. I realized that nothing was really holding me back, but myself.
In February, I kept getting this assuring feeling that this was the right thing to do and rely on my faith. When I got the feeling, I was at work, I asked my boss for that same Friday off and she approved it. Literally 10 minutes after I received a call from a temp agency recruiter asking to meet with me. I went home booked a solo trip to LA for the upcoming weekend and Friday morning, I was on my flight, bright and early. I landed in LA around 9:30 am and began my journey. I interviewed with the agency, visited various apartments, drove through many neighborhoods and applied for an apartment during my short time there. On Monday following my visit, I got the call from my now leasing office that I was approved and that my move in day was March 1st. Things were moving fast!
In 3 weeks time, I gave my boss notice, packed up what I could and traveled with my parents back to LA to set up the place. Because I knew that I wasn’t going to have a job right away, I came back to New York, worked until the middle of March to earn as much as I could before leaving. In that time, I said my “See You Laters” (we don’t say goodbye in my family) to my family, close friends and co-workers. On March 17th, I was back in LA, this time for good.
Even though I’ve been talking about moving for years, I didn’t actually think it would come this fast. It has been 1 month since I’ve moved and I think I’ve adjusted pretty well. I workout more, cook way more, budget even more and fit in some fun when I can. I will admit to the uncomfortable feeling of not having a job though. It has been about 7 years since I’ve been in this space but I will say that I am taking it better now than I did when I was in my early twenties. It is natural to get discouraged when you are being rejected on a daily basis but you have to realize that “What’s for you, is for you” and “ Rejection is God’s protection” and because I understand that, the process isn’t terrible at all. Staying positive and optimistic is what is getting me through it. I do my part in looking for the opportunities and putting myself out there. The rest, I leave up to God, I mean that is really all you can do when you take that leap of faith. Remember, your only limit is the one that you place upon yourself. Do yourself a favor, remove those limits, you’ll be surprised at what you can really do!
As always thanks for reading, I hope that I’ve inspired you do do something that you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t forget to check out my latest Vlog on my YouTube channel be get a glimpse of this Journey that I described in this post. Feel free to share your thoughts…..