Reflecting on my first month in Berlin...


Last week I was on Instagram and noticed this post that read, "I still remember when I prayed for the things I have now." I am not usually the praying type, however, for some reason, this resonated with me. 

Six months ago, I was working as a Project Manager at a tech company in the South Bay area of LA. On paper, it seemed like a sweet gig. I had a pretty decent salary and was basically in charge of the daily operations of an entire department. In reality, this role was anything but sweet. I was working under a director who was extremely hard headed and was constantly at odds with senior management. The company never wanted to spend any money on tools or resources that would increase productivity while limiting employee burnout. When I wasn't answering my director's micro-managing emails, I spent my downtime reading travel blogs or browsing the Girls Love Travel group on Facebook. During the week of Thanksgiving I had visited Berlin for the first time and completely fell in love with the city. I had already decided that I wanted to take a leap of faith and make the move later in the year. I just needed to survive nearly six months at the soul-sucking job first. There were definitely days when I wondered if I would make it to the end of August without completely losing my mind. 

Well, it's now September 26th and I've officially been in Berlin for 25 days. During that time I've signed a contract for a new job, completed an intensive German course (and plan to continue learning the language) and immersed myself in awesome experiences along the way (including staying out until nearly 7AM for the first time in years). 

By being in Berlin, I am learning how to have fun again. During the last two years I was in LA, I had turned into a bit of a grandma. Everything was expensive. Everything was always in DTLA, West Hollywood or Santa Monica (aka perpetually sitting in traffic to take part in an expensive night out). Sure, the weather in Southern California is amazing, but once you're done with battling the 405 and dealing with flaky people, you're too exhausted to enjoy it!

Berlin has rejuvenated me. 

I know there will be some challenges along the way, including finding a permanent apartment, overcoming the language barrier and dealing with the fact that it starts getting dark at 3:30PM during the winter months. But you know what? I have three years in Germany to look forward to and know that there will be lots of growth and learning along the way. 

About six months ago I had my initial thoughts as to how my first few weeks in Berlin would play out. Now that I look back on what's happened over the course of September, I realize that it's better than anything I could have imagined. You never know what the universe has in store!