Why I Choose to Move Across the Country (and the Best Tips I Received for Embracing a New City)

If you keep up with our stories on the Shop’s Instagram, you might already know that I recently made a big move…across the country to be exact. For those of you who aren’t super familiar with me, or haven’t read my previous blog posts, hi there! I manage social media for the Shop and have been on the team for a year now. 

When I was hired around this time last year I was working remotely from Atlanta, Georgia – my hometown and the city where I had lived my entire life up until this point. I’ve never really seen myself as a southern girl, or felt deeply connected to life in Georgia, but the city of Atlanta really is something special and I’m grateful for all the experiences and friendships it has given me.

Saying goodbye to my little Atlanta apartment!

Saying goodbye to my little Atlanta apartment!

As I started sharing about my move to San Diego on the Shop Instagram, a lot of you asked why I made this decision in the first place. To put it simply, I was in need of a big change. Moving to a new city was always an idea I’d think of every now and then; a daydream I’d catch my mind wandering back to, envisioning a different life with new and exciting possibilities around every corner. I decided it was time to take the steps to turn this dream into a reality when 2021 rolled around and it hit me that I was turning 25 and had lived in the same city my whole life. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for me, I knew that there was still so much more out in the world that I wanted to experience while in my 20s. Plus, nothing is permanent and I could always go back. 

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