As you can tell from the title, I have quite a big life update. This June I am going to be moving from Los Angeles back to the East Coast. As much as I love this city, I just want to be closer to my family, and I'm so excited to be back on the same coast as them and Jesse.
As far as what this means for my living situation and my career, my company is transferring me to their New York location and will be giving me a few weeks to move and find an apartment before I start in the new office. Jesse and I are also planning on moving in together when his apartment lease is up at the end of July, so this timing works out perfectly for both of us. I will be so happy to not have to do long distance anymore, and I'm especially excited about this next step in our relationship.
This move is sad and exciting all at the same time and has had me reflecting back on my experience living in L.A. a lot. Moving to Los Angeles was one of the scariest and most rewarding experiences I've ever had, and I'm so blessed for all of the amazing opportunities and friendships I got to make out here. One of the things I am most thankful for has been the opportunity to get closer to and spend more time with my aunt, uncle, and cousins who live here, and I will miss getting to spend holidays with them, and see them so frequently. I've also gotten the opportunity to become closer friends with Mackenzie through being her roommate, and sharing the unique experience of moving across the country together. When I look back, these are definitely the two things I feel most thankful for from the whole experience.
Thinking back on my time here has also allowed me to reflect on the many new experiences I was given during my time here, some good, and some not so good... My first parking ticket, car accident, broken bone, and hospital visit were all experienced out here, which were defiantly not some of my favorite memories. But, I also experienced my first Coachella, movie premiere, a trip to Vegas, surf lesson, live television show taping, and so much more. And despite some of these experiences not always being my fondest memories, I have learned so much about living on my own. From figuring how to fill my car tires on my own, to opening a bank account and managing my finances better, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow so much while living on my own.
Overall even though it was not for very long, I have absolutely no regrets from my time in this amazing city. I was able to grow and learn so much while living out here, not only in my personal life but in my professional life as well. I will be forever grateful to CIA for giving me a chance when I moved out here to learn and grow with them as a designer, and for all they have taught me. I can't wait to continue working with them from New York, and I'm beyond excited to start this next chapter in my journey!