For the past 5 weeks, I’ve been living down in Atlanta, GA for an internship with just my pup, and I’ve got to say, it hasn’t been too bad. This move has added a little twist to my life, and it’s been freeing—at least in my opinion. So far, this is what I’ve gained from it.
- Travel & New Experiences. This has been a great opportunity to go to new places, see new things, and meet different people. Atlanta’s a huge city with a large metro area encompassing different, unique counties. It’s nice to see what else is out there.
- Alone & Getting Comfortable with Yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to go out and about alone, but it’s not so bad once you get used to it, and you get practice at striking up conversations with new people. Plus, you have the time to think about yourself, where you want to be in life, how to be happy with yourself, and how to enjoy your alone time.
- Confidence and Control. When you’re completely alone, it’s a chance to really take control of your life. One silly example is the fact that I’m not a cook, but here, I have to be one. It challenges me to make the choice that will help me grow, which is, attempting to cook vs eating out all the time. Even with a little thing like this—a baby step—I feel like I’m getting a better handle on my life. This is the time to take control and make the changes to my life that I’ve been putting off.
- Focus. We’re always so busy in our lives. We’re on the run to get to school, to work and trying to get all of our errands done before the end of the day. For me, by coming down to the ATL, it kind of took me out of that mindset and helped me to really focus on myself and my goals. Of course I’m still busy, but now, I’m finding the chance to pursue other interests (getting back in shape, dancing, writing!, filming) and balancing myself and my responsibilities.
- Appreciation. By being away from everything I’ve known for the past 9 years and everyone that I care about, I’ve gained a new appreciation for them. I feel nostalgia for the city that I always say I’m going to move away from, and I reminisce about the spontaneous hangouts I used to have with my friends.
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”- Andy Bernard (The Office)
Now: With just 2 months left, I plan on making the most of it—getting out of my comfort zone and not letting myself become stagnate and comfortable in routine.
Yup, first drink of the day: sangria. #newexperience haha