Moving to California: My Scariest Decision Was Also My Best

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I broke the big rule — I moved across the country to be with a boy — and it was, without a doubt, the best decision I ever made.

I’ve always been restless; ever ready for the next adventure, and for the next big challenge. One example? For as long as I can remember, I’d itched to get out of my home state of Louisiana — I had this big, romantic dream to move to Southern California.

I remember watching movies and TV shows set in Los Angeles, Malibu, or San Diego, and thinking one day that would be me.

At some point during college, I decided I was tired of dreaming — I was going to move to California when I graduated. Well, life works in funny ways, and it just so happened I met the love of my life during a summer-long visit to California in 2017. We dated exclusively for the rest of my time in California that summer, which was less than a month.

Before I made my way back to Louisiana to finish college, we decided we would try a long-distance relationship. Amazingly, we made it (and are all the more strong for it), and I finally did what I’d been dreaming about since childhood: I moved to sunny Southern California.

One month after graduating from college, I sold or gave away most of my belongings, packed up my tiny Kia Forte, and drove from Louisiana to the glittering Pacific Ocean to be with my then-boyfriend (now fiancé). The move wasn't entirely for him — remember, it was something I had always wanted to do and wanted to prove to myself I could do — but he was a large part of my decision. That made it even more nerve-wracking.

I’m happy to say that this leap of faith (moving across the country on my own and starting my adulthood in a place almost entirely unfamiliar to me)  has led to my dream life.

In California, I started my business and became my own boss. I discovered my love for photography. I fell in love with nature and adventure. I learned so much about myself and the world. All because I said yes to what, at the time, felt like the scariest thing I’d ever do (and I wish it for you, too). 

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Amanda Capritto

Amanda is a freelance health, fitness and travel writer who specializes in sustainable fitness, health tech, functional training, and all things outdoors. See Full Bio

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