Things I've Learned About Myself Since Moving Abroad


Apparently I sound Canadian and definitely not American to a lot of people, which has led to some interesting conversations where I try to dissect why they don't think my accent is "normal."

If I don't go anywhere or do anything exciting and new, I get bored really easily. This is probably why I've been constantly on the move since I've arrived. I try to make sure I see something exciting or travel abroad somewhere at least once a week.

Because of my amazing intuition, I know immediately if I like a place or not. Not everywhere is going to excite me, and I've realized that now. Belgium wasn't my favorite, but the Highlands definitely were, and this opinion was formed right upon arrival.

After thinking I could be nomadic my entire life, I realized that I need a home base to be truly happy. I love to travel, but in the end, I really do like coming home to my own bed and someday I really want to get a dog or cat and live in an apartment.

I came to London wanting to finish one of my books, but know now that I'm not meant to write novels. My story ideas lend better to a cinematic experience, and from now on I'm going to focus on screenplays, stage plays, television and comedy sketch work.

Leaving college was sad because I miss the interactions I had with people. I thought in grad school, it would be the same, but grad school is not like university. Because you're in class less, and everyone lives so spread out, it's hard to have the same social time.

I can binge watch all of Friends on Netflix in a month, which probably isn't a good thing. I think the last time I did that was in 11th grade after receiving all ten seasons on DVD. That led to a lot alone time for 30 days.

Because the exchange rate is terrible right now, I get sad every time I think about how much I'm spending, so I probably shouldn't convert pounds to dollars in my head. It just leads to more sorry sighs when I know what the dollar amount is.

I was born to be a city girl, but growing up in a small town didn't allow for much interaction with a different group of people, so being in London, the diversity scares me more than I thought it would. Not because diversity is bad, but if you don't ever interact with a certain type of person, it can be a big culture shock to push through.

Since I thought London was where I was going to be the rest of my life, and now I'm moving away, I know not everything is meant to be. But I am glad I tried it out and hope to come back someday for real.