tl;dr: I’m moving to Los Angeles, California in March. One of the reasons I started this blog was to document the cross-country drive to California, as well as the new chapter of my life.
Ever had a dream, something you’ve wanted to do for years, something that has gnawed at you and never let go? For me that dream has been to live in Los Angeles. Since my first visit in 2000, the city put its hooks in me and never let go.
I’ve gone back and forth on going for years, made up excuses for why it wasn’t the right time. Then, I went to work on removing those excuses.
“I’m not leaving until I sell this house,” I said over and over. I sold my house in East Atlanta in 2014. The next excuse was, “I won’t leave until I get a job there first.” I had interviews at a few places, but being out of state made it nearly impossible to get a job there.
In January, the owner of the condo I’m leasing gave me notice, letting me know I needed to be out by March. She was selling it. I took that as a sign and as the time to go.
With a deadline of March in mind, I asked my amazing employer about possibly working in LA, but we couldn’t make it work. So I’m making a bet on myself, my skills, experience, talents, perseverance and connections. I’m leaving my secure, extraordinary job of 5.5 years.
I don’t have a job lined up. If you want to help me and have connections in Los Angeles, I would love to hear from you. Email me.
It’s scary. I’ve lived in Georgia my whole life. My roots are deep. But I am not the type of man who can live with myself asking, “What if?” and, “Should I have done it?” I could keep waiting, trying to get everything lined up perfectly before leaving. The next I thing I know I’d be 70. So I’m doing it now.
One of the main reasons I started blogging again was so I could document my drive cross-country, as well as this new chapter of my life. I am so excited to share this adventure.
I will hit the road at the beginning of March. I’m going to stop in New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Las Cruces, the Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree. I found out yesterday one of my best friends is able to join me on the drive.
I will miss my friends in Atlanta. I’m truly blessed to have so many great friends here. You’re welcome to come visit!
It’s bittersweet to say goodbye, but I’m grateful for this opportunity and thrilled for what’s ahead.