life changes

Holy life changes…

I’m not going to delve into the nitty-gritty details but I’ve moved out of LA. 

I still can’t really wrap my head around it. I moved to Los Angeles as a doe-eyed, inspiring actress nearly 6-years ago and never could have predicted the events that took place in that crazy city. The highs, the lows, the good times and the bad…I wouldn’t trade them for the world. It was an experience unlike anything else and it taught me that I’m a lot stronger that I give myself credit for. Being a grown up is hard…and being a grown up in one of the most expensive cities in the country while still trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life is nearly impossible.

But I stuck it out for 6-years because I was convinced that leaving would be failing. Moving away felt like telling the people who believed in me, “sorry guys, this is too tough. I just can’t hang…”

How ridiculous is that?

One of my biggest mentors while living in LA (my boss at my magazine job) made the best point as I was battling with the decision to stay or leave. She said, “I don’t understand why so many young people think that moving to a big city and then leaving means that they ‘failed’. It doesn’t! It means you took the chance, grew, learned from the experience and it just wasn’t right for you at that time.” LA will always be there. Hell, any city in the world will always be there! So rather than stressing over where we’re living (especially in our 20’s- the biggest growth years), we need to focus on the things that really matter to us and let that guid the way. For me? Those things are my family, my health (mental, physical and emotional) and preparing for my financial future aka: actually being able to save money rather than living paycheck-to-paycheck. I lived in a literal box for $1,000/month. I mean…

IMG_5721So, that’s that. I’ve moved back to my hometown and I’m pursuing the one thing my heart and mind have always come back to over the past 6-years; health & fitness.

I’m working at my dad’s second gym, studying for my personal training certification and FINALLY giving this blog the attention it deserves. I have an editorial calendar set up, posts planned and I’m ready to kick things into high-gear. For the first time in a long time I feel motivated and excited about life and that feels damn good. Oh, and best of all? I’m finally reunited with my precious baby…

IMG_6078Here’s to listening to your heart…


  1. Floey said:

    I’m so happy that you’re making changes that you’re proud of! And whereabouts did you move? Far from LA? You can email me if you’d rather not answer that here 😛 haha

    • Emily said:

      Thank you so much. ❤
      I just moved up North a bit. Only about 2.5 hours from LA in the Central Valley. 🙂

  2. Taylor said:

    Emily! While my time in LA was short because long story short, my schooling didn’t work out and once I realized that while continuing to pay all those incredibly expensive fees I decided to move back home. It allowed me to reevaluate everything in my life and I’m actually now in MN going back to school to also pursue health and fitness!
    Realizing LA wasn’t right for you isn’t a failure it’s a success. You have grown so much to be able to acknowledge that you want something different and you have the guts to leave and go get it! I’m so happy that I was out there for a minute to be able to meet in you person a few times, if you are ever in MN let me know 🙂 I absolutely adore your blog and I’m so excited to hear more about your journey into this new field.
    Always here if you need it ❤️

    • Emily said:

      Oh my goodness…I was actually thinking yesterday that I needed to text you to catch up on everything! LA is so expensive…it’s almost impossible to make it work while still in school, so I completely understand why you moved back. I’m really proud of you for getting out there and giving it a shot though! Seriously. That’s the hardest part.
      Thank you so much for all of your support and I’m SO happy that I was able to meet you during your time in LA as well. Maybe one day I will make it to MN! I would love to visit. And if you’re ever back in Cali, please let me know! Where I’m living is only a few hours from LA. 🙂

      xo ❤

  3. carrie said:

    yay! congrats girl! you’ll do great at anything you set your mind too! ❤

    • Emily said:

      Thank you so much, Carrie!

  4. I am so happy you made a decisions purely for YOU. You deserve to put YOU first. And you are most certainly not a failure. You’re the total opposite because you’re prioritizing your health and happiness. That’s the biggest success a person can achieve! Rooting for you girl!

    • Emily said:

      Thank you sooo, so much. I means a lot! You deserve to put YOU first as well and it’s been such a joy to watch you start doing that over the past few months. Proud of you! xo

  5. Alex said:

    I am SO thrilled to read this post Emily, and I’m so excited for the new and exciting future that awaits! I’m sure it will be filled with more adventures and success than you can fathom 🙂 You’re going to ROCK!!!

    And your kitty is the most precious fellow ❤

    • Emily said:

      ahhh…thank you so much, Alex! You truly have been one of my biggest inspirations over the years…your light shines so bright, even through the internet/social media. ❤

  6. Kelsey said:

    Couldn’t be more proud of you for following your heart and doing what YOU needed to do. We are all going through such similar battles, and I am so glad you spoke about yours. I hope the coming years lead me in the direction of where I want to be. And while I’m not exactly where I want to be now, I also feel like this is where I am supposed to be – for the time being. ❤

    • Emily said:

      Ahhh…thank you, love.
      The way you worded all of that is so, so perfect. Even though we’re not where we want to be eventually, we’re at the best place for us right now. Love that.
      If you ever need to vent or want to chat, feel free to send me an email! It sounds like we’ve had very similar journeys. xo

  7. I’m making huge life changes at the moment as well. It’s been so difficult for me to leave certain things behind, but I know it will be better in the long run 🙂 I’m excited for your future posts that you have for us! Best of luck with everything!

    • Emily said:

      It’s so nice to hear that other people are going through the same things– even though I wouldn’t wish the stress on anyone! It sounds like you definitely know it’ll be a good choice in the long run so trust your gut! Best of luck to you as well, girl! Thank you for all of the support. 🙂

  8. nhihong2015 said:

    I’m sad I never got to meet you while you were in LA, but so excited for your new chapter! I’ll definitely be keeping up via your blog!

    • Emily said:

      Aw, I’m so sad that I never got to meet you either! Thank you so much for continuing to follow my blow- I can’t tell you how much that means. I still follow your journey via social media and your so inspiring, girl! xo

  9. Good for you, for following your heart! Learning to live life as an adult IS hard, and you have to do what’s best for you!

  10. Mellie Dee said:

    Your posts are always so inspiring. You are so inspiring and although I don’t read blogs as often as I use to, I always make sure to read all of yours. Your words always helps me in whatever situations I go through.

    • Emily said:

      Aww. Oh my goodness, this comment brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.
      Sometimes I wonder if blogging is worth it but hearing that makes me feel like it is. Thank you thank you. ❤

      • Mellie Dee said:


  11. P said:

    Awww you moved! We never got to meet 😦
    But like you said, you are only a few hours away, and you are doing what’s best for you!!!

    LA is expensive, and I’m grateful to be able to live here comfortably as a student. Moving here on my own and becoming so independent has been an incredible experience! It’s actually made me appreciate my family a whole lot more 🙂

    • Emily said:

      Aww. I know ): I’m already missing it every time I see one of your restaurant posts! lol The food options are NOTHING here compared to LA.
      But like you said, I’m close! Next time I’m there visiting, we should definitely try to (finally) meet up. 🙂

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