My Move Across the Country
HI GUYS IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE POSTED OMG AHHH!!!!
So hey everyone!!! I know it's been forever since I've posted anything but I've been a little busy (if you haven't already seen my social media). I hadn't talked about it in my new YouTube Series yet but in case you didn't know....I MOVED!!! I finally did it!! Finally....FINALLY!! I moved across the country from Orlando, FL back to Los Angeles, CA and I couldn't be happier! I'm finally here after years of waiting and wanting to move, I've officially done it. WOOOO!
So why'd I move? Well you see, I lived in Los Angeles in 2015 during my second to last semester in college. I interned at a production company, I worked as a background actor, and I studied with my acting coach regularly! I loved every second of it! I had to of course return to Florida to finish my degree, and I ended up getting a job in Orlando and staying after graduation.
Fast forward to a year and a half later, I'm single, my awesome company is letting me work remote, my lease was up, and it was the perfect time to move back out! So here I am, living, working, studying, and taking it all back in. I'M HERE GUYS!!
So what was it like moving across the country? Was it as awful as everyone said it would be? Was it just as tedious and boring and long and terrible as you think?
Well really, no it wasn't!
One of my friends from college named Olivia, who now lives in Vegas, flew to Orlando just to drive out with me. (What a bomb friend #amright!?) So we left Orlando on a Friday and drove 9.5 hours to New Orleans, stopping in Tallahassee along the way to meet Lydia - btw you're awesome girl!
We stayed in New Orleans, had an amazing dinner at the Oceana Grill right next to Bourbon Street which we of course visited afterwards. Let me tell you, for my first time in New Orleans it was everything I could think of and more, especially only being there for maybe 18 hours! I experienced real Bourbon Street with all of the hustle and bustle and smelly trash, and icey drinks, and eclectic people and all it's other glory! Needless to say, I need a trip back!
We were up early the next day to head 8 hours to Austin, TX. We got there super late, but just in time to make it out with our matching shirts for St. Patty's Day! What honestly made Austin so fun was that we stayed with Olivia's deaf friends. I didn't know sign language, have never really hung out with deaf people before, and was nervous I wasn't going to fit in. They were patient and kind with me communicating, they were HILARIOUS, and we had a blast!! I learned sign language, made some new awesome friends, and have so much more of an appreciation for the deaf community! I made it a point all the way from Austin to our next destination to learn the alphabet and a few other basic terms....and I did it! Olivia has the proof. :) I'm no expert but I'm still learning and can't wait until Olivia takes me back to see all my new friends so I can show them everything I learned!
After a crazy St. Patty's night, we ended up sleeping through our alarms (whoops!), and leaving a little later than we anticipated. This next leg was our longest one too. 14 hours to Scottsdale, Arizona! We broke it up into 3 parts, alternating driving, and it really wasn't too bad. We got along well because we both craved tacos the entire trip and had to stop to go to the bathroom at the exact same time (really lol). We got in around 11, stayed with another one of Olivia's friends, and crashed. We were exhausted but greeted by a comfy bed and warm shower waiting! We had brunch at cute little local breakfast place, and headed on to our 4.5 hour journey to Las Vegas!
Vegas baby!!! Thank goodness I had the best hosts who made my trip so memorable. I met Olivia's man, Dez, who's a country singer. They took me to Gilley's for locals night where I also learned to 2-step and line dance! Let's just say I've got a LOT more practicing to do! We were also on the radio in Vegas talking about our cross country trip! How cool is that!? In Vegas I saw the strip, saw lots of gorgeous mountains, made friends with a little old woman named Pamalee, and no I didn't gamble. I figured I won enough money last year and didn't want to risk losing any of it! Haha. There was also something with a burrito but we won't go in to that. ;)
After a few crazy nights in Las Vegas I finally packed my car up for the last time and drove myself out to Los Angeles. Four hours later I was in the City of Angels. I was back. Right when I pulled in I was stopped by not only traffic but the smell of weed. At that point, I couldn't have been happier to be sitting in traffic because I was finally back! With no departure date. No return ticket home. I'm officially moved to Los Angeles people!!!
My drive was eye opening, it was fun, it wasn't as tiring as I thought, and it couldn't have been better in my opinion. I'm so ready to be here, to work my butt off, and achieve all of my dreams!
I hope you guys will keep following along in my journey, and thank you for supporting me up until now!
Stay tuned to hear about my crazy adventures here in Los Angeles! I can't wait to share with you all! And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for #theshortgirldiaries!
Thanks so much for reading peeps!
3/29/2018 05:57:59 am
Sammie!!!! I'm so excited and proud for you! You did it, girl! Now the magic begins and you have endless opportunities. I'm cheering you on!!
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