How Moving Abroad Changed My Life

Moving Abroad

A few years ago I moved from Kenya to Canada to study abroad and get my undergraduate degree. As you can imagine this was a huge change in my life and a lot changed after I moved. I have been in Canada for about three years now and a lot has changed in my life in those three years. 

A while ago I asked you guys what you wanted to see on lifesfinewhine and one of the suggestions was a post about how my life has changed after moving abroad. I thought this would be super interesting to share with you guys because as I mentioned so much has changed in the last few years. 

More Independence

Moving abroad gave me a lot more independence than before. When you live abroad there are certain things you can do that you just can’t do back home- mostly because everyone knows you lol… But seriously, I finally started to feel like a real adult and it was also a lot of fun pushing boundaries, trying new things, discovering more about myself and basically just doing stuff I have always wanted to do. 

Adulting Is Hard

Independence and feeling like an adult is all well and good until you have to take responsibility and do stuff on your own. Then it’s a total nightmare. Back home I was pretty used to relying on my parents, other family members or friends for assistance with stuff. Now I have to do everything on my own and as fun as that can be sometimes it can also be awful other times. 

I mean you have to pay the bills (did you know you have to do that every month??), book appointments (why are those still a thing??), go grocery shopping (this one is actually kind of fun!) and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  

New Experiences

One of the best things about moving abroad is that you get to have all these amazing experiences. One major way that my life changed after moving abroad was that I became a different person. No, I did not turn into Winder Woman unfortunately but I did become someone who explores a lot more. 

Back home I was pretty anxious and did not go out or do stuff as much. However, after coming to Canada I decided that I want to get out of my comfort zone and make as many memories as possible so whenever I could I would travel, go somewhere new, try a new place to eat or just do something new in general. 

I was also able to meet new people which was super fun!

I Was Forced To Grow Up

To an extent- I still think cartoons are awesome and pjs should be ugly, old and comfy af. But it did force me to mature and to think of things in a more mature way. Instead of freaking out about every small thing I learnt how to deal with my problems. 

I also learnt how to take better charge of my life, take control of things and to also be more comfortable with fighting for myself. I learnt leadership skills at school which I have found helpful in life too. I also realised that adults really don’t know what they’re doing as much as we think they do- we’re lost and confused almost all the time too! 


I hope you enjoyed this post and learnt a little more about the ways in which my life has changed after moving abroad. 

Have you ever lived abroad? If so, how did it change your life? If not, would you ever want to live abroad? Are you currently living abroad? Have you studied abroad? If so, could you relate to any of the things I mentioned on this post? Let me know in the comments below or if you don’t want to answer the questions simply stop by and say hi!


No, not the band… I wanted to give you a little behind the scenes/blooper story about this post. So, I finished writing this post and made the cover image for it which took forever because I had to make it HD and stuff. And finally I was done and added it to the post and that’s when I realised it said “Changes” instead of “Changed” and I had to do everything all over again 🤦‍♀️

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142 thoughts on “How Moving Abroad Changed My Life

  1. I know some of your experiences, forced to grow up and even then, you dont have to grow up so fast.
    Or grow up in this society while keeping your youngster excitement mentality alive and well!

  2. I moved across the country when I was eighteen so even though it wasn’t *abroad*, I noticed a lot of the things you wrote about such as having to be self-reliant. It became a bit of an addiction; I’ve moved many times since then! It’s nice to be able to reinvent yourself every once in a while, haha.

  3. Funny Behind The Scenes Pooja. At least you noticed it and didn’t get corrected on here (that could’ve been a bit embarrassing!). The independence is sure one of the best benefits of moving out.

  4. oh shoot i was commenting but i dont know if i pressed enter lol — just in case..
    i said :
    i think moving abroad is something everyone should do once in their life. its something huge that one can learn from and mature from.
    i only went to mexico (another country) once, but ive been on planes alone many times.
    when i got to mexico i was picked up by an aunt and lived with my grandparents for 6 months so i was still being babied lol

    great post again!

  5. lol the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve realized that adults don’t know much either! 🤣🤣 But I can totally see how living abroad would help you step out of your comfort zone and to be more independent.

  6. Acknowledging the issues in our lives, feeling the emotions they elicit within us (good and bad), and using all the wonderful skills we have to solve them. Adulting like a boss. We can all do it, and keep getting better at it.
    Thank you for sharing. 😊

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