Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I've Waited So Long to Say This

Finally, after years and years of saving, planning, and dreaming, I am moving to California.

This isn't the start of a new chapter.
It's the beginning of a new book.

You know that one dream you've always dreamt? The one thing your soul longs for? California has been that dream for me. It's the place where I feel home and complete and since the first time I visited California years ago, my heart has never truly left.

So, starting in the beginning of December, I will be calling San Diego home.



As many of you know, the past year and a half of my life has been the most trying time yet. With the loss of my mother especially, I know life is just too short to put anything that really matters off. My heart kept pulling toward something big. Something huge. Something I've been waiting for. I knew the time was now to make my wildest dream come true.

During this time of healing, I have put a lot of focus into truly finding out the woman I am meant to be in this life. I've stumbled, I've fallen, I've made mistakes... and every time I did, I learned a lesson. I've learned what I need in this life, what I want to accomplish, the kind of people I want to surround myself with whether in person or just in spirit. I've learned what things are worth it and what things just aren't. But at the end of the day, I learned that no one else can make my dreams come true but me. It is my job to get up every day and do whatever it takes to work toward the things that are deepest and truest in my heart.  

My trip to San Diego at the end of October, was spent searching for the right place to live and taking time to take it all in. After years of thinking about the right place for me in SD, and more serious searching online the past several months, I made a few appointments and checked out different places. I found the most perfect place for me at this point in life and couldn't be more excited to call it home soon.

After signing the lease and having the keys placed in my hand, I took some time to get accustomed to the new Southern California neighborhood I'll be living in.





This is the dream I've been waiting for. The dream I've been pushing for and have never given up on or stopped talking about. I've had people left and right give me reason after reason why I shouldn't go or wouldn't make it or would have to put it off until later in life. Well, look at me now. I am making this dream a reality.

On one hand, I believe things fall into place when the time is right. However, I also believe that nothing will ever be perfect. You have to want it badly enough. You have to be willing to take a huge leap of faith. You have to work for it and no matter what, never, ever give up on that dream. I am beyond excited for this new book of my life to begin. Each page will be fresh, full of potential and new California adventure.


I'm still at the point where it's all so surreal. It's all slowly starting to hit me that it's finally happening yet it still seems like just a dream. I hope you all will follow along on my new journey, as I wrap up the last chapter of one book and open up a new one.

Here's to San Diego...

65 comments:

Kelsey Heinze said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lauren Nicole said...

So happy for you, girl! I know that you fell in love with Cali, so that's great that you have found a place to call home!! I can't wait to keep up with you as you make this journey! (read: I can't wait to live vicariously through you.)

:) xo

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

WHOOO!!!!!! Congratulations, I am so excited for you and wish you NOTHING but the BEST! I am excited to watch this new book be written. :) (I am the one that was refreshing my google reader over and over for the announcement ;))

Jenn said...

WOW! How exciting! And San Diego?? I love that place! Im sure you will have the best time filling the pages of your new book :)

raechelmary said...

That is so exciting! Can't wait to follow along on your new journey!! :)

Shayna said...

Eeeekkk!!! Yes, I might have already known what was happening & where you were going but, I'm still so so SO excited for you!!! Spread your wings pretty girl... San Diego, California is YOURS!!!

Carolyn said...

EEK! So exciting!! :) Congratulations! I can't wait to follow along on your next journey! You're a Cali girl!! :)

whitney said...

congrats on your big move!!!

i have a feeling this will be the best year yet for you!

Holly said...

I'm doing my happy dance for you! I'm so excited for you, bestie! What an amazing new adventure for you :)

ashleigh said...

Yay yay yay!
that is so exciting babe!
You will do just fine; and will make it your own!
i love california!
congrats babe

Ash said...

oh hell yes! you go girl!

so happy for you!!! and now, once you are settled in, you MUST have me over (yes, i just invited myself over.. it's how us socal-ers do it) for some wine, palm trees, and beach time.. k?

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Congratulations! Best of luck to you in the move! I love San Diego.

jessica said...

Wow, girl, you are truly an inspiration.

CALLIE said...

Soooo excited for you!!! I had a feeling this is where you were going :)

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KatyK said...

I read your blog all the time, but I don't often comment. I just wanted to say how truly happy I am for you. Its so exciting to see dreams become reality. You give me lotsa hope girl.

Ashley Jones said...

Chelsea! I am THRILLED for you!! But I have a lot of questions to ask because I am in need of a lot of advice! My life aligns very similarly to yours as far as the past year and a half, and I need to speak to someone who can relate and provide some insight into what it takes to make the move. Could I private message/email you in anyway?? Please let me know...I am inspired by your growth, and have felt that I too have grown A LOT, but this move is my last big hurdle that I can't seem to get over. I hope you would like to connect, it would mean everything to me!

-Ashley

Katie said...

YAY YAY YAY X 30!!!!!!!!!! :) I CANNOT WAIT TO VISIT YOU! ;) SO HAPPY FOR YOU GIRL! AND SO PROUD!

When do you leave?!

Lauren said...

Yay!! So happy for you - it's been a long time coming :) I want to say Hollie said you were moving into my sister's neighborhood, or maybe close by... I could totally be wrong though haha. Jealous!

Beth said...

congratulations sweet girl! it takes a lot of balls (or ovaries in case of girls) to take such a big step and do what you're doing. i odn't think i could do it but i wish i could. best wishes on your new endeavors. i know you'll do great out there and will never regret your decision once.

p.s. i had a really good friend that just moved out there so if you need some new buds i can hook you up. she's a small little spitfire like yourself. :)

Tyler said...

Congratulations! Sometimes a new start in a new place can do so many things to clear your head and begin again. I am excited for you! :)

Cassie said...

so happy for you! you deserve it. your happiness radiates in that last picture. yay! best of luck!!

Lindsey said...

So excited for you but even more excited were so close! And by close, just a few hours away now!

Hilary said...

CONGRATS girl! Way to go for it. XO

Haley W. said...

All I can say (other than that I'm super jealous...) is that I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Can't wait for you to start your new book. If anyone deserves complete happiness in this life...it is YOU!

And I totally know what you mean about your heart never leaving California...mine is most definitely still there from our trip this past summer :(

julia rose. said...

This is so amaaaazing!!! Congratulations on your big move and taking that next big step in life!! I know that wonderful things are out there waiting for you!!

Sam Ellison said...

Good luck with your move! That's exciting. I love San Diego. I live in OC, but would love to live down there.

Robin said...

COngratulations! What an exciting/scary/awesome adventure! Can't wait to follow along :)

Kelsey said...

This was beautiful written! You are so right and I am glad that you are doing this for youself! I can not wait to follow long.

Britt said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! I am thrilled for you and so proud of your taking a risk like this. I must say I was super nervous when I did the same thing 4 years ago, but it was the best decision I have ever made. And SD has some pretty amazing bloggers! I can't wait for you to get settled. We'll have to plan a blog date!!

Chelsea Lennox said...

Yay for you!!! I just came by from Running In Stilettos and we are name twins, so I had to check you out. I've added you on my google reader so I can keep up with your new adventure. Congrats girl!

www.yourstrulyblog.com

Amanda said...

Yay for you :) I know this new adventure will be awesome!!!

tara said...

YAY!!!!!!! i am so so SO happy for you! and maybe a little jealous too. i love SD!

Laura said...

Amazing! So happy for you! Awesome that you can put everything else aside and follow your dreams!

Brianna said...

I'm so excited for you Chelsea!!!
SD will be perfect for you, such a fun new adventure!! I'm so glad everything worked out so wonderfully!!
Good luck with the move (so soon!!) and I hope we can meet up sometime soon!! xo

Katrine said...

Wow! That post gave me the chills! I'm beyond happy and excited for you! Congratulations!! I can't wait to hear more about your move and settling in, and I wish you all the best of luck! :)

Katrine :)
thegentleflower.blogspot.com

Katie Did What said...

OMG sooooo excited for you!!!!!! Obviously, I myself am quite partial to Cali ;) so yayyy for moving! And omg San Diego- you couldn't get much more perfect than that, girl!!!

xo

Katie said...

Sooo exciting!! Congrats on making the big move. The pictures looks beautiful I have never been to California.

Raquel said...

Omg so excited for you girl!!! I'm going to miss you :( But seriously though, San Diego is so perfect! Congrats on the big move!

Kristen said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh so exciting! kudos to you for having the balls to do what your heart tells you to!

Ashley said...

SO, this has literally brightened my day. I've been feeling down and out, throwing myself a pity party...and just confused on where I'm supposed to be at this point in my life. I've wanted to move...I want to travel, but I'm scared to do these things alone. That's where I'm at at this point in my life, alone.

Your blog has truly been an inspiration for me, and I thank you for that. You remind me a lot of myself, I have many goals and dreams I want to pursue, and I suppose now is the time to do them. I'm so proud of you, so happy for you, and you're definitely going to be taking on the world out there in California! If ya ever wanna go to a Dancing with the Stars show...let me know. I'm always looking to fly out to California to go...but never have anyone to go with!

Good Luck!
Ashley

Misty said...

That's awesome. Congrats!!!

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