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How Moving to LA Changed My Life

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How Moving to LA Changed My Life

I moved to Los Angeles in January of 2012 from a small northern town in Wisconsin. It was during the coldest part of winter, the kind of cold that makes your nose hairs freeze when you breathe in (half kidding).

I moved to Los Angeles in January of 2012 from a small northern town in Wisconsin. It was during the coldest part of winter, the kind of cold that makes your nose hairs freeze when you breathe in (half kidding). I lived in Wisconsin most my life and like any normal 20-year-old, I wanted more. I was in search of something new, and if Iʼm being honest in search of finding myself and figuring out who I was outside of my small country town. So, I packed up and headed to the city of angels, eager to see what life awaited me.

After what seemed like the longest flight of my life (only 4hrs) I finally stepped foot on LA soil. I was breathing in the same smoggy air that many of my idols were breathing in, I was here, finally. I had this overwhelming calmness in me. It had felt as though I was returning home from a very long and cold vacation, but I knew this was exactly what I needed and exactly where I wanted to be.

I had gone from having the same few food chain restaurants to pick from to having every kind of cultural cuisine at my disposal. From being one of very few black people in my area to being surrounded by so many different people from all different parts of the world and walks of life. I was able to expand my taste palette when it came to food, I was able to switch up my personal style and try new things without feeling like I looked out of place, because I wasnʼt dressed like everyone else. Most importantly though I felt like I had finally had a voice and wasnʼt scared to use it.

I could openly have discussions about topics that I knew no one else could understand back home. I felt better understood by a massive group of strangers than I did by anyone else. I became the best version of myself by simply feeling free enough to figure out who I was and what I wanted and LA gave me that.

Itʼs been 7 years now that Iʼve been living in LA, and I wouldnʼt change a thing. Iʼve grown into an incredible woman and continue to keep growing and learning. Of course there have been hard times and also times where I have doubted myself and my choices, but every choice and every mistake I have made here has made me into the person I am today.

So my advice to anyone wanting to move out here, but are on the fence about it, like Nike says, JUST DO IT. You never know what will happen or what can happen. As George Adair once said, “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other end of fear.” So be fearless, take a chance on yourself and your dreams, because one decision could lead you to exactly what you didnʼt know you needed.

Serina Anglin

Serina is originally from Wisconsin and is pursuing a career in journalism and screenwriting.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jeff Peluso

    March 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I too love LA. I currently live in Orlando, but have moved to LA and back to FL 2 x, yet LA feels more like home.
    I returned to FL out of family needs and moreover, my income was still a struggle in LA.
    I miss that State daily and only hope I can return with my wife to be and build our life together.
    I enjoy your article and wish you all the best.

  2. jason

    March 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    ah, nice article. Maybe you can write future articles with specifics about housing costs, etc. This city is very expensive. would be good to let people know what to prepare for. And also tons of Free things you can do. (I’m giving you lots of article ideas, lol)

  3. Kayla B

    March 5, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    This is an absolute conformation for me! Wow! Your story sounds exactly how I invision for myself and also very much in common! So I decided to finally get off the fence and like Nike “JUST DO IT” (funny cause I would say the same thing to myself lol) but it’s been quite nerve wracking but I know it’s what I need to do! I actually visited twice and both times was an overtaking sense of like you said… being back home! Crazy! So I know I have to take this leap of faith and trust God and myself that I can do this and follow my dreams and also grow and find my true self in the process… just like your experience! Thank you sooo much for sharing this and I wish you nothing but the very best as you continue on your Cali journey!! 🙏🏾💓

  4. LaTonia Thedford

    March 6, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I love your post

  5. Tina

    March 6, 2019 at 7:22 am

    “I had this overwhelming calmness in me. It had felt as though I was returning home from a very long and cold vacation, but I knew this was exactly what I needed and exactly where I wanted to be.” this part really got me because, even though I’m not even from US, I always felt like I belong in LA. Really hope to have the same kind of feeling when I’m there.

  6. John Ohkuma Thiel

    March 7, 2019 at 4:08 am

    The first couple of paragraphs, it was as if I had written them about myself.

    And with all due respect, I like the brevity. You connected with everyone who feels the same about where they came from whether from birth or the previous decade. I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but I know the feeling.

    I can brag, a lot, and we may be different in innumerable ways, but the reduction of my experience is not all that different from yours.

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