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5 Ways Moving Cross Country Alone Changed My Life

Having moved coast to coast on my own a total of 5 times, today I’m talking with you about the 5 ways moving cross country alone has changed my life.

5 ways moving cross country alone changed my life | ChelseaDinen.com

Don’t get me wrong — moving thousands of miles away from home is grueling. I mean, moving is said to be one of the most stressful life events you can put yourself through. So, I’m sure you’re wondering… why on Earth did you move not just once, but FIVE times, across the country, Chelsea?!

I suppose that’s where you’d find the proof that it has changed my life for the better. That I wouldn’t be who I am today without every single one of those moves. Five cross country moves in six years and living in four different states by myself is an experience that shapes you, teaches you, and changes you forever.

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While I wouldn’t change anything about my journey and I can’t imagine subtracting even one of those moves from my story, the truth is…

One long distance move on your own will absolutely change your life if you’re ready for it to.

Generally, people don’t uproot their life just because they’re bored and have nothing better to do. We all have our own specific, sacred reason. But usually, it’s because we are seeking a big change, the desire to live outside our comfort zone, or feel the pull in our heart for a new lifestyle in that city we’ve always dreamt of.

Some people never make the jump. And some of us do.

This post is dedicated to the people who’ve been feeling that pull.

Deep down, you know moving to a new city, however far away, has the potential to change your life. While I’m sure your life may change in other ways, I wanted to share 5 of the major ways my cross country moves have changed my life.

You can also watch this video directly on YouTube here.

Related Reading: Get access to my Moving & Manifesting Workshop to learn how to create your dream lifestyle in your dream city!

So, what did you think?

I’d love to hear your takeaways in the comments below! What deep inner changes are you hoping to experience when you move?


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  • Reply
    July 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Hi Chelsea,

    Thank you so much for this video. You are inspiring and I fully believe in your message.

    I am in a slightly different boat. I quit my high paying city job 3 years ago to travel Asia and Australia. A month into my time in Australia I decided to stay a bit longer. I ended up living there for a year before making a visit back home (England). After another 6 months in Australia I decided I needed to change again and moved to New Zealand. I was there for a year before deciding to move back to the UK. 12,000 miles was just a bit too far and I wanted to be nearer to my family. Unfortunately, I was in a toxic relationship for the last year of living abroad which depleted the confidence I had found from moving in the first place. I am now living back at home at the age of 28, I have depression, I have no job and no money. My confidence is so low that I don’t even know what my dreams are. And I am living on a day by day basis, just getting through each one step by step with the love and support of my family.

    BUT……..I am forever grateful for having that life changing experience of moving abroad. I have the memories of what it was like to gain confidence, to explore new places, to make new friends and to feel so independent that you could conquer anything.

    Watching your video today reminded me of this. I had forgotten all the wonderful things that I have done and learned along the way. My relationship had clouded those things for me and you have brought them to light again, and with them, hope. I have hope again. Thank you so much.

    I will be forever grateful,
    Katrina x

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    Titus Fatima
    August 9, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    Very joyful post. I just stumble upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

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