I moved to Los Angeles in April 2022 with extreme resilience and enthusiasm. Considering my experience as a Black girl from Pittsburgh, this was a huge come-up in both my personal and professional life. All I ever dreamed about was being a media corporate baddie in a big city.

Honestly, moving to Los Angeles in my new position as a public relations coordinator gave me courage and confidence I never knew I had. However, making the sacrifice of leaving behind what was familiar to me shifted my thinking and experiences.

Here, I’m sharing five life lessons I learned so far while living in Los Angeles.