I’ve been back in Los Angeles for a week and I can already tell my whole mood has shifted. I’m happy to start the day, throw on jeans and a t-shirt and go for a walk to the local Starbucks to work.
In Portland, I often dreaded getting up. The weather had a severe effect on my motivation and productivity. Sometimes I would just stay in the house for days, hoping it would get better. When I first moved to Portland everyone told me I’d get used to the weather and get over it. I never did. That, coupled with the fact that it never felt like home, I always felt sort of out-of-place and was never quite at ease. Though I made friends and had some great times in Portland, it just wasn’t meant for me in the long run.
I can see now how much I needed this change. This change of location, in just one week, has had an immense impact on my productivity and happiness.
I’m becoming that annoying person that posts how happy they are on social media, because I really am happy to be back here.
It’s funny. Six years ago I left LA vowing I’d never come back. I was sick of the traffic, the smog, the people. I left for New York and had my love affair with the city for a while, before moving to Portland to be with my partner. For the first couple of years when we’d visit family here, we thought, “Glad we don’t live here!”
It wasn’t until the past year or two, that we started to shift. The six years away changed our perspective. We had new eyes to see LA. And as we have changed in six years, so has LA. The things that Portland could not give me (namely sunshine, diversity, arts and culture) LA could.
It started to become an attractive option. My boyfriend, who is a musician, also was feeling like he hit a ceiling in Portland…so LA made sense for him, as the music industry is great here.
I know that I’m in the honeymoon phase right now. Things still don’t seem “real”. I still feel like I’m on an extended vacation — part of that is because we are staying with my partner’s parents for at least a month, so we don’t have a place to call our own yet. We decided that would be best while he looks for work and I travel to Italy in two weeks.
But even though we are in a transitional phase and we don’t have a place to call our own, it still feels like home. LA feels right. It feels like I belong.
I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life. I wanted to update everyone on where I’m at and also remind you of why it’s so important to get out of debt — so you can afford what you truly want! I stayed in Portland for six months longer than I originally planned because I knew I could be debt-free before moving. And let’s face it, moving is expensive.
Between rental cars, hotel stays, food on the road and more we’ve already paid close to $1,500 to get here. Then we’ll have to pony up for higher rent, security, furniture and all that jazz.
It’s a lot of money. It makes me feel a little uncomfortable, but I know I made the right decision. I truly believe I will be able to earn even more money because I’m happier and more productive here. It’s a bigger city, with hopefully more networking opportunities, which could equate to more money. I’m confident it will all work out and even though my money situation will not be “normal” for a little while, at least I’m not sending multi-thousand dollar payments to debt.
Even though we’re slowly settling in, I can’t get too comfortable as I’ll be on the road in two weeks. I’m going to Italy the second half of the month with my mom! I’m so excited as this is one of the main inspirations for me becoming debt-free. My mom has never been to Europe and I’m so excited to go on this adventure with her. It’s a bit scary as I’ve let all my clients know I won’t be available for two weeks. Last year when I went to Spain and Portugal, I worked here and there. This time, I’m not working at all. It feels weird and scary, but I want to be present with my mom and not be working.
So pretty much I’ll be working like a fiend before and after my trip, but it will be worth it. Here’s to hard work and new adventures! The start of a new chapter!
What’s new with you?