Truth be told: I lived a spoiled life in Colorado. I would get my CND shellac manicures every couple weeks. I would get my back adjusted by a chiropractor every week, I received monthly massages and I had the means to plan out-of-state trips for leisure.
So, moving to Los Angeles took me on a different turn. I was thrown into the “adulting” world.
I didn’t really understand what adulting meant until I moved out on my own. And WOWZA! It’s a whole new ballgame.
I thought I was independent and responsible when I lived with my parents in Colorado, but boy this is way different. IT’s a given: I pay my own rent, buy my own groceries, prepare my meals, wake myself up for work, make myself workout, eat healthy, clean my apartment, drink 60 oz of water and the list goes on. But now I don’t operate in autopilot and am 90% present. It’s like I’ve been awoken from the dead and re-born again doing all things “responsible”. Going to work now becomes a MUST because that is my current means of survival.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it! It’s both liberating and challenging. I’m constantly on my feet and make my own decisions (large and small).
In the first seven weeks of living in Los Angeles, I experienced several unexpected events. To paint a clearer picture of my challenges, I will share a few of my experiences… just the few that had a larger impact on me (primarily because they involved additional expenses).
- I was in a ridiculous fender bender accident (my very first) with a BMW – there was very little impact to the BMW but my poor car has a major dent in it.
- I received my first traffic violation for turning at a yellow-to-red light. PS that shit is outrageously expensive.
- And lastly, a parking ticket on a side street with a sign saying 2 hour parking on X days and didn’t specify that I needed a parking permit on the opposite side of the street. Darn LA and their scarce parking!
This ALL happened in under 2 months of living out here. Keep in mind that in the midst of it all, I’m adjusting to a new city, I’m looking for a job that will allow me to be self-sufficient and I’m participating in a rigorous 4 month leadership program that is highly demanding.
In short, moving to LA wasn’t all unicorns and gumdrops. I encountered many challenges and had a number of breakdowns. The worst was waking up in severe panic mode with stomach aches that felt like an ulcer, heart burn and angst on how I was going to afford living in Los Angeles let alone pay the tickets and unforeseen expenses that I attracted into my life.
But through the pain, frustration and worry, I knew I wouldn’t give up without a GREAT fight. I’m proving to myself and my family that I could live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and FUCKING THRIVE!! I spend every day thanking God and the Universe for the opportunity I have. I know that my struggles are only here to serve me, to help me grow and teach me powerful lessons. And, man it’s been quite the ride!
This takes me back to my “good ‘ol life” where manicures were done because they made me feel “put together” and served as my escape when I had a bad day! Now, I get to be a BOSS on a budget and give myself manicures. And I will SHIFT, CHANGE, ADJUST – do whatever it takes to build my empire!
Side Note: I share this story because many may view my Instagram or watch my snapchat stories and see the fun, outgoing and exciting moments of my life. I’m here to remind you that it’s not just that. I’m very much a human in case you didn’t know – I experience bad days, I cry, I doubt myself, I worry, I have breakdowns just like you. I call my life a fairy tale because even fairy tales have plot twists and turns (and wicked witches). And if you want to share or hear more, don’t hesitate to reach out!
With me, say the following: I AM THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN MY LIFE AND I HAVE THE POWER TO ATTRACT/CREATE/CHANGE ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!!
Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Kind. Be Authentic. Be Grateful. Be You.