What I’ve Learned From Moving To California

“Cost of living in California is so expensive!” “You’re going to move to California without a job?!” “You know it’s really hard to find a job in California, right?” “What do you mean you’re going to move to California without a place to live?!”

These were some of the most common phrases I heard when I told my friends and family in Minnesota that I was going to drive my little car to California in about 2 weeks.

Moving to California had always been a dream of mine and for the longest time, I never believed it would actually be obtainable. Here’s why:

  • Everyone, I mean everyone, was telling me that it would be way to expensive to live in California especially as a recent college grad with no real work experience. What’s ironic is that the people who were telling me this didn’t even live or never have lived in California.
  • When I began to seriously consider if living in California would be feasible for me, I  started by searching online for apartments. The price for a studio in Orange County was two to three times more expensive than the one I had lined up for me in Minnesota, which translates to: a studio that I simply just couldn’t afford.
  • I decided to apply to jobs on Indeed just for fun while visiting my friend in California to see if I could possibly land a job there. Let me tell you, I got a bunch of rejection emails.
  • I didn’t have a lot of money saved up. By the time I moved to California, I literally only had $1,000 saved and $2,000 credit line.

Despite all of these considerations, I nevertheless decided to go ahead and make the leap. Not only did I move to California, but I was able to do so in two weeks instead of the one year timeframe I had initially planned.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Persistence will get you where you need to be.
    I spent a lot of my time filling out applications & sending my resumes to so many jobs online. Believe me, it gets tiring and discouraging to receive so many rejection emails but you’ve got to keep trying. By being persistent, I was able to land the job that I dreamed of.
  2. Live within your means.
    Figure out your needs versus your wants. For instance, I wanted my own place but all I needed was a roof over my head, therefore I found roommates. I found myself wanting a convertible car but all I really needed was a car that takes me from point A to point B. I’ve learned to be grateful for the things that I do have.
  3. The things that scare you the most end up being the most rewarding experiences.
    To be completely honest, I was terrified moving out here without a job. But, looking back now, I’m so happy I pushed myself to do it. I feel like people don’t give themselves enough credit. You really can do anything you set your mind to. You’ve just got to go ahead & try. The only thing truly holding you back is yourself. You learn so much about yourself once you take that step outside the confinements of your comfort zone.


Tips + Tricks:

  1. Check out Kangaroom or Trulia for available rooms to rent.
  2. If you want to live close to the beach in OC but are on a tight budget, avoid Newport Beach + Laguna Beach and maybe try looking into Costa Mesa or Irvine. These are usually cheaper in price but still pretty close to the beach!
  3. For even more affordable cities in OC look into: Garden Grove, Westminster, Orange, or Anaheim. From what I’ve noticed, the more inland the city, the lower the rent typically is.
  4. Apply to a lot, and I mean a lot of jobs. Indeed is a great website and it’s where I found my job!



6 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned From Moving To California

  1. that picture tho..
    i applaud you for making it all work in this crazy city!!
    now, any tips on moving to a smaller town in a smaller state? I tried getting out of LA earlier this year to go to the Carolinas, or Virginia, or one of those less crowded, less hectic places. but it didn’t work out. i hope to try again next year.


    1. Hahaha thank you!!
      And you’re trying to leave California?! How come it didn’t work out? I’d recommend trying to apply to jobs before, research the city you want to live in, search room rentals/apartments in the area, and go for it!! It’s definitely possible, if anything you can start off working at a local store and staying at an Airbnb as you get situated!


      1. oh it worked out fine. LA is truly a place like no other. However, the culture is draining. i find it so rushed and surface level that it’s been difficult finding peace. add to that that ive been without a home church for about a year now, and yeah. my soul thirsts. hoping to find solace elsewhere.
        what church do you go? if you dont mind me asking

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      2. I feel that. A lot of it feels superficial and I find it hard to find genuine friendships, but there are good people out there. I’ve been church-hopping actually hahaha trying out different churches around the area. Haven’t found my home church either, but really liking the ones I’ve been to. If your in LA have you checked out Hillsong? A friend of mine recommended that one!


      3. Reading how well you’ve adapted to your life here is good though. Like, it seems you have the right perspective of things.
        And I haven’t actually been to Hillsong LA, but you’re the second person to recommend it this week alone. Coincidence? Haha I’ll let you know if I check it out


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