Monday, September 28, 2015

Back to the Nest


Bittersweet is the only word that comes to mind as I leave Los Angeles today and move back to Florida. Living in LA and working in the fashion industry had been my dream since I was 15 years old, and it's still kind of surreal that I actually made that a reality. What started as an opportunity for an internship turned into a career and new life on the west coast. When I moved to Los Angeles, I didn't know a soul in the city and was forced to be independent. I learned so much about myself and grew more as a person in that first year than I ever thought I could. The day I got the keys to my first studio apartment, I got a tattoo of a dove on my wrist to symbolize me flying the coop and chasing my dream. Now, 3.5 years later, every time I look at it I am reminded that I can achieve any dream I put my mind to.

I truly can't put into words what this experience has meant to me, but I will be forever grateful. I would never have made it where I am today without the constant, unwavering support of my parents and boyfriend. When I look back at my time in Los Angeles, I don't think of challenging days at work or freeways full of traffic, I only recall my favorite memories. Some of those include living with Greg for the first time, meeting new people and making lifelong friends, traveling around the beautiful state of California, a fun-filled day at Disneyland, adopting my fur-baby Zoey, countless days of perfect weather at the beach, amazing concerts, and multiple celebrity sightings {Whitney Port at Terroni in DTLA, Hilary Swank at Umami Burger in Santa Monica, Matthew Perry at Starbucks in Malibu, Matt Jones (Badger from Breaking Bad) at Umami in Los Feliz, and had a conversation with Chelsea Handler in the bathroom at Bestia!}

As sad as I am to leave what has been my home for the last few years, I am ecstatic to return to Florida and be closer to family. I can't wait to be home for the holidays and spend more weekends at my parents house with my niece & nephew. The California chapter in my life has been the most fun and rewarding yet (college was pretty hard to top!), but I am so excited for the future and this new adventure. Stay tuned for what is to come!

Reflecting back on a few of my favorite memories...

{sitting on the steps of my first apartment in LA}

{collage of me and my BCBG gals}

{Slightly Stoopid concert}


{Greg & I hiking Castle Rock in Big Bear, CA}


{day at Disneyland with my prince charming}

24 comments:

  1. All looks so fun!

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  2. great photos;)

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  3. Sounds like you had the best time in LA, would love to live there one day but Florida must be amazing too, best of luck in the future! x
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  4. Moving is always hard, but I hope you really enjoy your new home. Good luck!!

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  5. I moved from California, too! It was so hard. At least you can remain somewhere sunny! I just stumbled across your cute blog! I love your style!
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  6. Moving from any place is bittersweet so I can only imagine how you're feeling moving across the country! Congratulations and good luck! Hope everything goes smoothly!!

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  7. It sounds and looks like you had an amazing time while you were living in Los Angeles. You are incredibly lucky! I hope everything goes well for you when you move back to Florida :)

    Have a nice day!

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  8. It seems like you had an exciting time. Who knows, you may be back! I'm excited to see how your blog evolves back in Florida

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  9. It's definitely so important to have those experiences on your own but it will be such a blessing to be closer to family! Have a safe trip back to Florida!

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  10. I hope that you had the best possible time in California (which it looks like you did indeed!). I know Florida is hot but maybe you can get a little break from the heat there as I know we won't get any here in Cali!

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  11. I can imagine how bittersweet that experience could be! I just spent a summer in California and it was so hard for me to go back home... but I know I'll be back, sooner rather than later! All the best for you, girl!

    Paulina

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  12. What a great experience! Glad you got to enjoy LA so much! I'm sure it will be nice to be close to family again!
    xo Adri
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