It’s been three years since I’ve moved to Orange County. I had to adapt to a lot of changes, like not having my family around. My home in Palm Springs is always full of people, so having to move somewhere totally isolating was a huge change. Palm Springs will always be a place I call home. Unfortunately, there just weren’t many opportunities to do things that I enjoy. One thing I definitely don’t miss is the hot weather. It’s also really convenient to get around by car, and there’s no traffic like there is in Orange County. I don’t think I’ll ever move back, though, unless my career takes me there. It’s so nice living in OC where I can live by my own rules.
That being said, I wasn’t prepared to feel so lonely and not have friends right away, but thankfully I’ve made friends from work and school. I really enjoy living here! The weather is perfect, and I just feel like I’m always exploring new things. There are so many careers here in entertainment and film, and it allows me to work harder to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself. Living in OC also opens new doors for me and gives me the opportunity to build new goals. Because there’s so much competition, I’ve also learned how to be independent and conquer my own challenges. Now, I love having “me” time. If I had the chance, I think I would stay in OC forever.
Living on my own has forced me to learn how to pay bills, cook dinner, and clean up after myself. It’s surprising how many college students still don’t know how to do that, and I think it’s really important for everyone to experience. I watch my spending and even started saving. Overall, I think I have become so much more responsible than I was before I moved. My independence has really allowed me to become more focused and motivated.
I’ve had so many new experiences here, and I know I’ve changed and view the world differently now. My independence has allowed me to become more focused and motivated. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to move away, but I’ll always come back to visit. I don’t think I could live without seeing my mom!