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Saying Goodbye to L.A. and Hello to Adventure: My Experience of Downsizing and Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is an exciting and challenging experience, especially when it comes to downsizing and selling your possessions. As I watch pieces of my personal items being sold and disappear, I realize that my time in L.A. is coming to an end much quicker than I had imagined. The thought of leaving my job, my home and my possessions can be overwhelming and scary, but also exciting and full of new adventures.

In the past few months, I have accomplished a lot. I went from being laid off right before my birthday to confirming my plans to study abroad in just 3 months. I received my visa, I got extended to work longer with my current job, sold and negotiated my items, overcame roommate issues and overcame being thrown under the bus at work, all while keeping my mental and physical health in check. It has been a roller-coaster ride, but I came out stronger.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned during this process is how to take a stand for myself. It’s hard to find your footing and balance when everything around you is a mess, but I’ve learned that some things just can’t be fixed and the only control you have is yourself. You have to choose to either succumb to the negativity or focus on something more pleasant.

As I prepare for my big move abroad, I am shaking off all the negative energy and focusing on positive vibes. I’ve come to terms with everything and I’m ready to move on with my life. If you’re going through a similar process, know that it’s tough but you can do it. Take it one step at a time and remember to focus on the present and the future.


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