“Hey mom.. so uh.. I’m moving to San Francisco in 2 weeks..”
So, I had decided to spontaneously move across the country, and that conversation with my mother took her by surprise but she handled it better than I thought she would.
My lease in Charlotte was almost up, and after spending my entire life in NC and living in Charlotte for 3 years, I decided that it was time to make a change. I had two places in mind, Florida or California.
I had spent a lot of time traveling to Florida for my job and vacation, so I felt comfortable there and you can’t beat the amazing beaches and weather. But, I didn’t want to do what was “comfortable.” And in “Sarah fashion,” of course I had to make the most dramatic move ever.
I had been sheltered my whole life, so thinking about venturing from the nest was a little scary for me. I have always loved traveling to different cities and experiencing the unique beauty of each one. I had always thought of how great it would be to live somewhere far away and create a new life. Maybe fake an accent and change my name. (Just kidding.)
I had always thought California would be an amazing place to live and after visiting San Francisco a few times, I began to fall in love with it. It took some time to get used to all of the buildings basically stacked upon one another, people everywhere, and realizing that I’m a 4 hour flight from home. It was a lot to take in, but I felt like this was where I was supposed to be. And if you can make it in San Francisco, you can make it anywhere! San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in and there’s a lot of competition. I saw it as a challenge, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could succeed here. Not only with my job, but also in growing myself. I have actually experienced a decrease in my anxiety (which I will write in another post.) I have noticed my confidence level has increased, my ability to engage and interact with others has improved, and my depressed thoughts have been becoming less frequent.
This will not always be the case for everyone. Of course I miss my family and my friends back home, but I felt like I needed to break away from the energy that seemed to be holding me back for the longest time. I was lucky that my family were supportive in the move. They were happy that I was taking this next step in my life. My grandparents took it harder than anyone though. All of my family live in North Carolina, and I have been the first to leave.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
There’s so much that I’m learning about myself and I believe it’s important for everyone to find something that gets you out of your comfort zone. Maybe it’s not as extreme as moving across the country, but find something that scares you a little. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn, and even if you fail at it, it will still be a blessing.
I don’t know how long I’ll be here, a year, 2 years, forever.. but I do know that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Here’s a little video of me flying into my new home. I felt so much emotion. I was listening to Otis Redding singing about leaving his home for the Frisco Bay. I had a smile from ear to ear and I was ready to step off that plane and start a new chapter!
I will be creating a few different posts here soon about my move.
- What I learned from moving across the country
- Easy money saving hacks for moving