From Coast to Coast

January 26, 2014

golden gate

Hey gals! Sorry for my absence this past week, but I’ve been busy moving into my new apartment. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve relocated to gorgeous San Francisco! The city by the bay was calling my name. Anyway, things have been cray. Moving across the country is not easy, but luckily I’ve had the support of my family and boyfriend (like LITERAL support, see #1). Thank you SO MUCH, everyone. Even though I’ve only been here a few days, I’d like to reflect on a few things I’ve learned so far.

  1. Take care of yourself. The day before I left, I badly injured my back by lifting my embarrassingly heavy suitcases. I was in a lot of pain and could barely even stand up… let alone walk!  It’s been six days since then and I’m still riding the struggle bus. I figure I must’ve pinched a nerve or slipped a disc in my spine, which is pretty terrible when you’re not sure how accessible healthcare is out here and you’re relying on public transportation. My #1 piece of advice? Never overdo it and take good care of yourself.
  2. You need less than you think. A few months before I moved, I made a spreadsheet with how much it would cost to move, using various scenarios (i.e. fly out and ship my stuff, pack my car up and drive out, etc.) and determined that I would save thousands (!) by only taking what I needed in a suitcase. I’m telling you now… sell it all. I sold all my furniture, consigned a huge bag of clothes, shoes, and purses, and packed up only what I truly loved to take with me. It’s kinda liberating starting our new apartment from scratch!
  3. Public transportation isn’t really that scary. For a gal who’s been lucky enough to have a car to drive, public transportation in a large city can be an intimidating beast. I know I still have a lot to learn, but from what I can tell, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too difficult to get around. Sure, there are certain limitations to it (no more drive-thru at 2am…) but I’m pretty sure I can adapt to eating my McChickens at a normal hour like a normal human. Besides, I’ve already signed up for ZipCar for our weekend outings!

More SF updates coming soon! Thank you for all your continued love and support.


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