Moving to a giant city was a crazy adjustment. Boston is beautiful, but has a very small-town feel if you ask me – I felt like I knew everything and everything there. London’s neighborhoods are so vast and different, it can get overwhelming at times. In fact, it’s made me appreciate the outdoors a lot more and those moments we get to escape the bustling city life. Sometimes it gets so crazy in London, I’m ready to move off the grid and live a bit simpler. Wouldn’t be great to just grab some solar panels, Flogas gas bottles, some cabin wood and escape it all?
But for now, I know we’re in London and I’ve worked hard to make the best of it. Over the last year and a half, I’ve done my best to embrace the change, the chaos and enjoy our transitional time in the UK. Overall, I thought this time would be like studying abroad or au pairing in Spain – just having a good time. However, this experience was much more about growth that I ever thought it would be. I’m learned to adapt more, know what I truly want and how to take care of myself and others. This is by slowing down, observing and seeing more clear how this expat life has changed me for the better.
Here’s a few ways I’ve handled it as gracefully as I can!
Food isn’t THAT big of a deal
Learn how to be a kid again
This might seem a little strange, but the best way to handle a new environment is to approach it with wonder. Do you remember when you first went to Disney World, went to a sleepover or had the best meal of your life? Moving to a new city can be just like a brand new experience that can bring about child—like wonder. Smile, savor, and look at everything with a new perspective that can bring about joy and excitement. I was lucky to meet some great friends who have me going out all the time to try new restaurants, fitness activities and events that keep things fresh and fun.
Celebrate similarities and differences
Change is part of life. I can say that all damn day, but I’m still not good at accepting it. In fact, I’m someone who will sometimes pick an extreme change just to avoid inevitable little ones. Like, buying a one-way ticket to another country or going to camp in the woods for a week. As I get older I realize there’s healthier way to handle the ebb and flow of life. It’s nice to realize London has a lot of my favorite things – parks, Indian food, wine bars and mostly friendly people. This is the same back home. But I love London’s special things too that are new – ample public transport, happy hours and dog-friendly pubs! All of this has been a wonderfully refreshing way to embrace London life and the present moment.
Have you ever considered a change of environment, like an expat move? Or how about going off the grid a little? Here’s a fun video about what other people think about living off the grid: