I’ve finally found some time to sit in front of the computer and take a break from one of the craziest weeks of my life. If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me at yael_sp), you probably already know that I’m not living in California anymore. I knew that my situation in the City of Angels was temporary, but I’d have never imagined that it’d end so soon. Let me put this in context for you…
Dan and I moved to Los Angeles last July after being across an ocean for almost two years. It was time to start building up our life together and end with the distance that made us feel constantly sad and incomplete. In terms of my career, I’d always wanted to gain international work experience as a way to grow professionally; so the idea of working for an American company was something that excited me so much too. The opportunity came, and I didn’t hesitate for a moment – I packed my stuff and hopped on a plane. I still remember the moment when I landed and Dan was waiting for me at the airport with a rose in his hands… Knowing that I would not have to worry about saying bye to him again for a long time gave me so much peace and relief. It felt unreal.
Our life in a new city began, and we loved everything about it. There is something very special about Los Angeles; I don’t know how to properly describe it but there is so much energy, creativity and passion in its air. I’m happy to say that we made the most of our time there, explored and traveled around when we had the chance, and enjoyed the laid-back lifestyle that California had to offer. On top of that, we also had the luck to meet incredible people who made our experience unforgettable and supported us through everything.
However, Dan and I reached a point where we realized that our dream jobs and best career opportunities were not there for us. I absolutely loved my life in the city, and I would be lying if I didn’t recognize that leaving LA has made me so sad. But sometimes, you just need to stop looking for temporary instant gratification and make sacrifices that lead you to your lifetime goals.
Our new journey started last Sunday, when we were brave enough to leave our paradisiacal life in LA behind and drive cross-country towards Chicago with all our belongings. We arrived yesterday evening (finally!), and our family was waiting for us with warm hugs and a delicious dinner.
I know the following months are going to be very challenging, and there will be a million things that I’m going to miss about my life in California. But you know what? I made myself a promise. I decided to focus on the positive and overcome the negative thoughts. The fact that we have now a new place to explore and call home, family close by to spend time with, and a beautiful life ahead of us; are enough powerful reasons to smile and be excited about the future.
Life is good.