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  • Cory

    Awesome, Natalie. I had never heard of this Everygirl thing, and I’m sure I won’t be bookmarking the page, but this is cool that you got to share your story. And, I’m happy Charleston has been good to you so far.

  • Sheila Sheridan

    That is my DREAM to live there one day 🙂 Thanks for sharing your courage!

  • Stacy

    Natalie – you are also an awesome storyteller and a pretty good writer! I can’t wait to have my girls read this. So glad Charleston is working out for you. It is definitely a huge life experience and will be the source of many more good stories later in life!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thanks Stacy 🙂 I miss you guys!!

  • i’m doing something similar next month… leaping without a safety net. in my situation, i’ve lived in the same city for 8 years, have gotten stuck in a rut, am not sure what i want to do next, really, but just KNOW this stagnancy is not what i want for myself… plus, we’re all only getting older — there’s never a better time than NOW! i’m excited & anxious, but know that things have a way of working out if i just take it day by day, decision by decision.
    thank you for sharing this!

    • Natalie Clapp

      How exciting, Sarah! You’re so right – things work themselves out one way or another. Good luck with everything, it’s going to be so worth the leap!

  • Ellie

    I grew up in Charleston and I’m so glad you’ve found a home in my beloved city!! Best of luck!!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thank you!!

  • I was in a similar situation – I moved to Atlanta without knowing ANYONE. Eight months later I still love it and want to stay for years to come! Good luck with everything 🙂

    • Natalie Clapp

      Awesome, Megan! Good luck to you, too!

  • Christa

    This is great, Natalie. I just did something kind of similar! I am now living in Los Angeles. And I could totally relate to you when everyone kept saying how brave I was, but in reality it’s so scary! I’ve only been here for a week and a half so I still have a lot I’m coming to terms with, so thanks for sharing your story!! Good Luck!

    • Natalie Clapp

      LA, wow! Good for you, Christa. Enjoy it!

  • Morfaa

    Wow Nat, I knew you would be great at the whole PR thing but I seriously think you have writing in your future. Im thinking a Charlesron blog from a singles perspective. I knew you could do it … and with class and style I might add!
    Very proud,
    Aunt Elaine

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thank you Aunt Elaine!! A blog is in my very near future I think:)

  • Carley

    Natalie,
    Like yourself, I just graduated from college and moved to Charleston, SC last month in search of excitement and new opportunities. The Holy City is amazing and there’s so much life here. I’m happy you’re enjoying the transition you made and calling Charleston home.

    Here’s my story… http://theeverygirl.com/feature/im-an-everygirl-and-im-fulfilling-my-mothers-dreams/

    • Natalie Clapp

      We should definitely meet up for coffee, Carley!!

  • Brandis Haynes

    I live in Charleston! Great city, amazing people and of course THE BEACH! Even more amazing story of bravery. Bravo! Make sure you eat at Basil, party at Republic Reign and Lounge and shop at the new-ish Cynthia Rowley store on King. Enjoy Charleston!

    • Natalie Clapp

      I’ve been to 1/3 of your recommendations so I’m on the right track 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, hopefully I’ll run in to you sometime soon!

  • Michelle

    Congratulations Natalie!! I graduated from college in 1989 and 6 months later left my family and friends in Michigan for a job in the San Francisco area. It was the second best move I’d made. The first best move was leaving San Francisco to move to Seattle almost 7 years ago. The adventure of meeting new people and challenging myself has never grown old!!! Kudos to you girl for taking the leap!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Michelle, thank you so much!

  • I’m from South Carolina, so I go to Charleston alllll the time! Charleston is an awesome place for anyone to be, especially in Hospitality and Tourism. You chose well!

  • Jen

    I did the same 15 years ago from TN to Seattle after graduating college. No job, no friends, no family, no car, and $2k in my bank account. I landed a (very good) job and haven’t looked back since. 1 husband and 1 kid later it was the right decision. All the best Natalie!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thanks so much!

  • Jackie

    This is an interesting topic but based on the above story, Natalie has only been away from home for 3-4 weeks. I think it’s too soon to call this the “best decision” and to write an Everygirl article about it. As someone who is considering doing the same thing, I’d like to hear about someone’s success after the one year mark. Natalie is being a little naive.

    • Melissa

      Thats a little harsh. Maybe you should stay where you are.

    • Natalie Clapp

      I guess I’m just being optimistic, Jackie. I’m sure if you moved somewhere new like I did you would want to have the same attitude. Best of luck to you!

    • Liane Pamuspusan

      It doesn’t have to be a year or a week to call moving away from your comfort zone the “best decision”.

      I moved to Italy from Seattle and lived there for 10 months. It was my first time moving away from home all alone. I knew no one, had zero knowledge of the language, or the culture. In the end, I came out meeting people from all over the world and, learned the language, and experienced things I would have never thought of doing before, i.e. traveling solo. Was this the best decision I made? Yes, and I didn’t even have to stay a year to think that it was.

      After that experience and a short 2-month break in Seattle, I moved to New York for an internship. The last time I’ve been to NY I was 8 y/o, so to me this move was a very intimidating experience. No side jobs and no future plans as well — and we all know how expensive NY is. 11 months later, I’m still here with a job that I love doing and loving the every bit of the city. So again, it doesn’t have to take a year to figure out if moving away from your comfort zone was the best decision.

      Natalie, this is a very inspiring story and I can totally relate. Thank you for sharing!

      • Natalie Clapp

        Thanks for sharing, Liane! Congrats on all of your success!

  • Margaret

    I also moved halfway across the country (Illinois to Virginia) right after graduation not knowing a soul! Years later, even after another major move, I am still so happy I moved when I did. How many people can say they just moved to where they wanted exactly when they wanted?

    • Natalie Clapp

      So true, Margaret! Good for you!

  • chelsea

    love this, you are such an inspiration! thank you for sharing your story with us 🙂

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thanks Chelsea! 🙂

    • Guest

      Thanks Chelsea! 🙂

  • sydneypetite

    This link was just sent to me by a friend from home…My roommate and I both graduated from our undergrad this past May and moved to Charleston blindly last month. This makes me so incredibly happy to know there is someone else here in this city who has done the same thing!!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Sydney that’s so awesome! We should all meet up for a drink! I’m all about making new friends.

  • Lauren

    Last month I moved from Indiana to Houston TX without knowing anyone right out of college. It can be intimidating and scary sometimes but I think I made the right decision. Sometimes it can be lonely but exciting at the same time. Keep being bold and live it up!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Awesome! Same to you, Lauren!

  • Nikki Jones

    Yay! Congratulations! I am from (and living in) Rock Island, IL. I opened my business Creative Entrepreneur Outfitters ( facebook.com/shopceo ) to help people live more mobile & creative professional lives. Maybe I’ll have a store in Charleston someday! Very inspirational 🙂

  • Good on you, Natalie! I admire your courage to move to Charleston with no real plan in mind!

    One of the best things I ever did was pack up move to China to teach for a year. And as scary as it was making the move, it gave me some of the best life experiences and I made some truly wonderful friends.

    All the best!

    • Natalie Clapp

      China? That’s awesome! All the best to you as well!

  • So great to read your story! I did the same thing by moving to Austin, TX. I never expected to move across the country after graduating, but it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made so far! Best of luck in Charleston…what a great city!

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thanks, Becca!

  • Erin Holness

    I just moved to Chicago from LA with no job, no apartment, and very little savings. I’ve been here for four days, already found a full time job, and have an application in on an apartment I’m obsessed with. I adore this city. Everyone in LA was freaking out over my decision, but I figured the worst that could happen was I hated it and I could move home. So glad I took the leap!

    • Natalie Clapp

      I’m glad you did, too 🙂 Congrats on the new job!

  • Rebecca Ann

    I kind of did that when I moved to DC (from Michigan) for law school. I only knew my boyfriend (who was from the area), and had very little money. But I came to love my new city very quickly, and made some great friends! I’m thinking about another “plunge” move, as well!

    • Natalie Clapp

      That’s awesome, Rebecca!

  • Michaela

    As I sit here reading this, I am just two hours away from moving to a new city without a job waiting for me. Thanks for the reminder that I’m doing this because of my great love for the city I’m going to soon call home, despite any nerves and fears!

    • Natalie Clapp

      I’m so excited for you, Michaela! It’s gonna be great!

  • I went to College of Charleston and still daydream about moving back someday! Enjoy the city and good luck with everything! And please go to Taco Boy and Jack’s Cosmic Dogs… – Nicole

    • Natalie Clapp

      I’m obsessed with Taco Boy!! Thanks, Nicole!

  • Megan

    A few years after graduating college, I too made a move like this so you’re story really resonates with me. I went from West Michigan 800 miles to Norwalk, CT (which is an hour outside of NYC). Upon arrival, I had a job and an apartment but that was it…no friends, no family and no acquaintances. The adjustment was hard at first but it got easier the more time I spent out there. I made CT my home for five years and just moved back to MI in December to be close to my family again. But I don’t regret my decision to move out there. It was an experience that taught me about tenacity, perseverance, patience, who I was and what I had to offer.

    • Natalie Clapp

      Wow, good for you, Megan! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Congrats! I’ve lived in the same 100-mile proximity my entire life, so I think it’s probably about time I follow your lead and do the same. Eventually. 🙂

    • Natalie Clapp

      You can totally do it, Valerie!

  • Aunt Michele

    So proud of you…well done. You are a wonderful writer! I enjoyed reading every second of it. I’m thinking you could blog your heart out on the side. You are one talented girl, but I’m biased. XOXO

    • Natalie Clapp

      Thanks Aunt Michele 🙂 Love you

  • Nina

    I did the EXACT same thing after graduating, but from South Carolina to Seattle! It has been a great experience and after looking back, I couldn’t imagine making any other decision! Best of luck and I wish you the best!! 🙂

  • Courtney

    I am 33 and wanting to do the same in Savannah, GA! I have been applying for jobs online and haven’t yet secured anything yet. Feeling discouraged, but loved hearing about your journey and the courage you had to take a giant leap of faith!

  • Catie

    I can definitely see why this story seems somewhat inspiring to some young women who want a change, seek adventure, or any other reason that may motivate a move like that. However, I really dislike reading articles like this on sites where young 20-somethings are the target demographic. Yes, the author was very brave to venture to a new city and yes, she states that she was extremely lucky to land a job in such a short period of time, but none of this seems like it was necessary. I do not know the author, nor do I know her background, home life, etc. But from what I read, this move seemed very unnecessary at the given time. What we should really be teaching is financial intelligence. The author may have landed on her feet, but many recent graduates do not. It is irresponsible to do something like this and then encourage others to follow suit. This results in young people stuggling to find jobs, pay their bills, and feed themselves all in the name of adventure. Debt and financial insecurity are two very real things that 20-somethings face and promoting a reckless decision like this is just fueling the fire.

  • Erin

    I really really really Needed to see this article. I am having a hard time convincing myself that I need to make the move to Vancouver from Central Alberta. I know that’s the place I want to be and to enjoy life, I just have such a hard time trying to tell myself I AM strong enough to live away from family and that I AM capable of being that independent.

  • Chastity McClintic

    Natalie, I am in your position four months ago. I will graduate in April, and move from Oklahoma to Washington where I don’t know a single soul. Its so great to finally hear a success story rather than listening to those who think that I’m risking my life by even checking craigslist. Congrats on your move, and thank you for giving me the confidence I need.

    • Natalie Clapp

      That’s SO exciting, Chastity! Have so much fun on your new adventure!

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  • Amy Finn

    That’s awesome! Congratulations! I did something really similar this year. I was drove to California from Illinois without a job or a plan!! My transition is going a little less smoothly than yours did, but reading this gave me a boost of inspiration to keep working at it. Thank you for sharing and good luck moving forward!