“I had no idea HOW”, but I had no doubt that something would unfold once I made a committed decision – and it did. I found a way to move countries…
Layer after layer will be uncovered on this magical ride through life. Each experience carries the potential to change your whole world and how you see it.
It’s been over a year in Los Angeles now and today I want to share what happened after the retreat in May 2019 when I made the decision to move to California.
While I thought that 2017 and 2018 were already years of growth, 2019 was destined to teach me another lesson – an even greater one. By now I know that 2020 carried even greater learnings, but one story at a time.
Making a decision to move countries seems huge to many and when I made this one I had no idea how it would work out. I didn’t have the budget, a plan or anything at all figured out.
All I had was a dream and probably even more important: I had NO DOUBT that it will work out – somehow.
It was a time when I consumed lots of content by Bob Proctor and doing my own inner work became a non-negotiable. I became “obsessed” with finding answers why I am the way I am and why life challenges me in so many ways.
The biggest lesson by Bob was – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VIBES. I started to understand how important it is to focus on which frequency I’m doing life. I started to believe the fact that everything is energy, that every aspect of my life has its origin in the energetic field I am in. Each emotion has its own energy level – good or bad.
I noticed how good I was at swinging on those negative vibes and it became more and more clear to me that I created most of my mess. But this is something I should deal with later on.
For now – all that crossed my mind was – I need to be in the feels and vibe of living in Los Angeles – as this became my #1 goal. But my situation wasn’t beneficial for that dream to be fulfilled at all.
Luckily I was still employed as a flight attendant (but on a long-term vacation to focus on my own business) – meaning I still got discounted flights as an employee. This allowed me to fly back on a low-budget to LA in August 2019 for a few weeks and see “how it feels” not knowing that this trip would turn my life upside down – in a positive way.
Here is what happened in a nutshell:
August 14th, 2019 // Arrived in Los Angeles for a 6 week visit
August 30th, 2019 // which was a new moon night I scrolled through Instagram in the middle of the night and found a startup company founded by a famous actress. I intuitively felt like I should text them and offer my Branding & Design Services. I did with no expectation. // It was a New Moon on August 31st, 1.45 am at night when I was still working and strolling through IG
September 1st, 2019 // The unexpected happened – I got a response and was invited to a call and asked to send over my portfolio. Still can’t believe that SHE truly read my text.
The following two weeks I had two interviews and a presentation to suggest a strategy for the startup.
September 22, 2019 // Interview with the founder, the actress // fun fact: I used to admire her as a young girl and watched all the movies with her and then I had a call with her. Still feels pretty unreal.
September 23, 2019 // flight back to Germany wondering how all this could work out.
September 25, 2019 // received an offer letter for the job at the startup – I accepted and booked my flight back to LA for October 5th – one way
Sometimes you just have to say yes although it scares the s**t out of you.
September 26 – October 4 2019 // I sold everything, quit my apartment in Frankfurt within a week – all that was left was me, the dream and two suitcases…
September 29, 2019 // Farewell from my loved ones
October 5, 2019 // Sandra goes to Hollywood… one way to Los Angeles.
Remember when I said I had no idea HOW to get to the US and get the visa – well here it was – the miracle provided by some greater power. I never expected things to unfold that fast and such a magical way.
Once I arrived in the US we had to figure out the visa process. SHE even became the petitioner for my visa. I think SHE isn’t even aware of the fact that she changed my life completely by giving me this opportunity and helping me to come so much closer to the dream so many said is too big and impossible.
What are the big takeaways here?
#1 ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION.
What I did was probably the most unreasonable thing to do but my dream and inner voice were bigger than that!
Inside I knew California is a place I would like to live one day, I just didn’t know where and when exactly. The original plan was to give it a try in April 2020, depending on the circumstances. The dream itself was created in September 2017, when I was on a road trip all by myself from San Francisco to San Diego. But since I was 15 years old I know inside that “one day I’m gonna live abroad” because I never felt home and like I belong where I was. Now I do.
#2 Believe in the magic of the universe
I had no idea what surprises the universe has in place for me at that time.
I wasn’t in a good financial situation because I started to restructure my business and get more clarity on my vision. So I decided not to take on any new clients. Additionally, I wasn’t in the best state of mind, dealing with self-doubt trying to conquer my inner demons.
I wanted to take the time to gain clarity and build that vision, listen to what’s still holding me back.
The universe always listens so I got challenged a lot to grow beyond those limiting beliefs I set for myself. I worked on it and I was rewarded with great opportunities.
I made a committed decision and the magic started to happen. Things started to fall into place.
I went all in risking it all to go for my wildest dream.
#3 Trust that things will unfold how they are meant to be or even better even if it feels hard
Here I am now, a lot earlier than expected in the place I once wanted to call home. Now it’s a reality.
BUT throughout my first year in my new home, I also had to learn that your wildest dreams challenge you the most! This is probably the biggest lesson I had to learn.
Los Angeles can be a shiny place. It’s the perfect dream for so many. At the same time it’s the city of broken dreams. For me, it’s just the beginning of something even greater than me.
It took me a while to understand what happened. Life gifted me with some great opportunities and I will make sure it doesn’t end up as a broken dream but the one who hopefully creates impact and hope for those who aim for more in life and for themselves.
I found the courage and just went for it. Because what is worse is regret. I want to pass on this feeling of aliveness and making you aware of your capabilities to pursue your dreams – no matter what.
So whatever it is, I encourage you to go for it! You have to try otherwise you will never find out.
Don’t be scared by the hardship in life you might face. It’s part of life and don’t forget that in any given moment YOU DECIDE how you react and deal with those situations in life.
I have to remind myself as well. We’re not here to be a victim of circumstances but to be brave and create our wildest dreams.
The current status is:
I’m still waiting for my work visa to be finally approved. Covid delayed the whole process and turned all of our lives upside down. Again.
Anyways it’s been a great chance to reflect and sit with what you feel and what you envision for yourself. It made me commit even more to my vision and the change I want to create in this lifetime.
We all carry unique gifts inside that the world needs and SO DO YOU. It wants to be seen and heard. Share it with the world and contribute to making the world a better place.