BIG News & Why I Left San Diego
Today's the day! I'm sharing some very big news, and the reason I left California.
In San Diego, I very much built my life from the ground up. When I moved out there, I knew very few people and had no place to live. I'm proud to say that I built a life that I loved and I was able to surround myself with some amazing people. You can read how you can do it too, in this post and this post.
Even though I loved my life and the people in it, I knew that my next opportunity for growth was not there.
You know those gut feelings that nag at you until you pay attention to them? Well, I had one. And it bothered at me almost every day. I put it off and put it off, until one day I caved in and made a plan.
After three months, a lot of planning, a lot of saving, and a lot of sacrifice and excitement...
I just booked my one-way ticket to Europe!
For two months this summer, I will be traveling around Europe with my cousin, Taylor. Once summer is over, I will be heading to Germany to begin my role as an Au Pair!
I am excited, nervous, and happy beyond words! I've never been to Europe before. I've been trying to picture this kind of a trip for years. These last few months have tested my patience, strength, and faith. I have no doubt that this adventure won't continue to help me grow in those three ways, but I am so grateful.
Some people have been very supportive of this move, and others a bit skeptical (understandably)! So here is a quick FAQ for things I've been asked the most:
What made you want to go so far?
I've never been to Europe before. I studied art history in college and would love to be able to see all the fantastic things I studied. My parents lived there for a few years before I was born. I want to actually experience other cultures, not just visit other cultures. I just want to go, and feel called to do it, so I'm doing it.
Won't you miss your friends and family?
Of course! I miss them just thinking about it. But each of them is going to continue living their individual lives, and I must do the same! While we may share blood, we are all on our own paths and mine happens to just be leading in this direction.
What about your career?
What career? I don't have one yet, and I've come to terms with that. It doesn't mean I'm lazy, not driven, or going to end up a complete failure. It doesn't mean I'll never have one. I'm only 22! In my opinion, climbing the corporate ladder as fast as possible is not the definition of a successful life. Each of us take a different path to success, this just happens to be mine!
How are you able to do this?
I left my cozy, yet expensive San Diego apartment and lifestyle to live at home with my parents so I could save up. I've been working full time at a job I enjoy, but that isn't overly stressful so I am able to come home and give 100% to planning. I've done a lot of research. I could probably make this answer into a million different blog posts, so if you want specifics, hang tight.
If you, yourself have lived abroad for an extended period of time and would like to offer any advice, send me an email! I'd love to talk all things travel with you!!
This has been a very exciting time, and it has taught me loads about having patience and persistence. While this definitely doesn't feel real yet, I am so beyond excited to take this leap! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who has showed me support during this time, I couldn't have done it without you!