How Moving Away From Family Strengthened Our Relationship

By Mona Lisa Macalino

A couple of weeks ago, my fiancé and I moved back to California after living in New York City a mere six months. Long story short, our lifestyle preferences clashed too much with the Big Apple (read: shoebox living and heavy pollution vs. spacious homes and abundant nature) for us to justify staying and growing roots, leaving our west-coast roots behind.

Luckily, our relationship has grown because we’ve been supportive of each other through the laughs and the tears (and there were many). We’ve witnessed miraculous transformations and cheered each other on through monumental career shifts. Not to mention, we conquered a completely new city together! There’s something to be said for living 3,000 miles away from familyand friends — it really solidified Team Us.

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