Hey y’all! Well, I have made the cross-country move an am officially in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is absolutely beautiful and very different from what I am used to coming from good ol’ SoCal. It has rained every day since I have been here, and it is beyond humid. Though I have only been here for one short week, I have come to realize and learn a few things.
1. It’s not worth it to style your hair. The first day, I busted out my curling iron and curled my hair like any other normal day. The moment I stepped out my door, I realized it was a huge waste of time. It was raining, and the humidity completely ruined my hair. I have yet to bring out any styling tool since then.
2. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. While shopping for a few things for my apartment, the kind woman helping me was asking me about my life and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. This is something I am totally not used to. Sure people in California are nice, but random people will never ask you about your life. This made me feel so welcomed, and I can definitely get used to it.
3. It is okay being scared in a new place and have a few freak outs. I’m not going to lie; this is the scariest thing I have ever had to do. Moving exactly 2,437 miles from home (literally from coast to coast) is a reasonable cause for a couple freak outs. I have done my share of crying since being here and have questioned every life decision I have made up to this point. I have had to come to the realization that it is okay and normal to feel scared. Change is scary, and it forces you to be pushed out of your comfort zone. Go ahead and have those freak out sessions and ball your eyes out, but then pick yourself up and keep going. It is the only way to get through it.
4. My mom is literally the most amazing human in this world. I already knew before this my mom was absolutely amazing, but this experience has made me realize more how lucky I am to have a woman like her as my mom. When I found out I was moving to Charleston, I gave my mom no choice but to come and help me move. She is my saving grace, and I was so lucky she was there to help me. She hugged me and told me it was going to be okay when everything sunk in, she cooked me freezer meals so I wouldn’t starve, she surprised me with new dresses, and she made sure everything was perfect for these next few months. The day she left was literally the hardest day I have experienced so far. I have never been away from her for a such a long period of time, and I completely broke down from that thought. I miss her terribly, but I know that she is always a FaceTime call away and I will see her sooner than I know it. She is the calm to my storm, and I love her more than anything.
5. California is my home. California is my home. It is my comfort. It is the only thing I know. Up until now, I have never left the comfort of the California sun. These are the reasons why I needed to leave for a while and find myself. I need to learn how to be alone, and figure out who I am. The only way to do that is to get out of my California bubble. Taking this LC role and moving away is literally the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I know the experience and memories I am going to make are going to outweigh being away from home. So for now, so long SoCal! You will always be my home, but it is time for this SoCal girl to get out and find herself. I will be back before you know it!