From Creole deliciousness of New Orleans, to the hip-hop mecca Atlanta, and that Southern hospitality all throughout, The South is a great place to reside. Made up of what were the Confederate states prior to the Civil War, The South is a region unlike any other. It’s considerable history in the making of America and a pervading, distinct culture make the home of Southerners very special.
So, what would make a Southern belle want to move out West?
Well, I have my reasons…
- Exploration. As a young adult, we really begin to find out who we are as a person. Living in a new city deepens that self-exploration. I want to see what the world is like in other places, I want to enjoy various cultures, I want to interact with new people, I want to do things I’ve never done before. Relocating to a new environment will make for a rich experience in exploring what’s around me, as well as what’s within me.
- Timing. I came to a point where I realized, the time is now. When I was in middle school in Georgia, I use to say how when I graduated high school, I was going off to college in California or somewhere else far away from home. Then in college in Louisiana, I thought to myself that I’d make it out to California one day. After graduation, I figured I’d move back home to Atlanta, then eventually my career would take me to California at some point. Graduation came May 2015 and I wasn’t prepared to move. Then I told myself I’d go within one year of finishing college. May 2016 came and I still wasn’t prepared to move. I battled with myself here: “T.K., you’re not ready, aim for next spring”, “well, when next spring comes will you push it off to the next?”, “what are you waiting for?”, “no, you better wait”, and so on. Over the summer months, it was made clear to me that THE TIME IS NOW!
- Timing, again. In this sense of time, I’m referring to the point I’m at in my life. I’ve attained my undergraduate degree, I’ve yet to get married and have children, I’ve yet to be bound to a serious/permanent career, and I’m in my early 20s. Being my sole provider, I don’t have anyone to answer to for my life choices at this point (except God). These facts about my current standing in life put me in a sweet spot where I can get up and go whenever I feel like it. I don’t have to factor in uprooting my child(ren), I don’t have to see if my husband will transfer his job, I don’t have to worry about my parent/guardian telling me what they will take away or stop paying for. It’s a decision that won’t have a direct effect anyone else, so I can make it all by myself. I’m a free woman, so what better time to give a big move a try than now?!
- Los Angeles. I have pages of notes that I gathered during my research, but that’s another whole blog in itself. In short, Los Angeles embodies me, from the high level of arts and entertainment that make up the culture to the very social and active environment. The area is a good match for my personality and interests.
It took some time and preparation, but I’m here now and looking forward to this adventure!