A Giant Leap of Faith.

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Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetToday is the first day of the rest of my life. I’m currently sitting at Verve Coffee Roasters in DTLA, and I’m writing this blog entry with an entirely new perspective and feeling. Today marks the start of a new, very exciting, and refreshing chapter in my life, where I’ve taken a chance and left full time work to focus on my blog. It’s immensely thrilling/liberating to say the least, and equal parts nerve-wracking/humbling. I’ve also made the decision to move back to the Bay Area from LA to be closer to loved ones and family, and the process of moving back could not be more bittersweet.

People are constantly asking me why I’m moving back, being that LA (especially with how trendy/hip DTLA is becoming), is an ideal location for full-time bloggers to thrive and connect with other like-minded individuals. The truth is, this move back has been long overdue, and I firmly believe that I can do this from anywhere. When you are passionate about something, your talents and efforts know no zip code, no area code. Plus, I have every intention of being back in LA very regularly. There are definitely certain qualities that I’ll really miss about this town; the weather, residing in the heart of the Fashion District, the ease of networking because of its central location and bustling, talented population, and of course, the beautiful space that I inhabited independently for a year … but my heart has always been in SF. The approach I want to take with blogging is also less conventional than the usual, and this move is in support of that approach, not a hindrance to.

This past weekend I uprooted the bulk of my belongings from my DTLA loft and hauled them back up to the Bay, and drove right back down to LA to spend one last week as a resident here, to close out my lease and say my goodbyes. This is the biggest decision I’ve ever made for myself, and I’m beyond excited to see what it manifests. A huge, huge thank you to Leslie and Diane for helping make my move swift, efficient, and most importantly, fun. They are two prime examples of the handful of lifelong friends I’ve met here in LA, and two more great reasons to visit often. This physical separation is by no means the end, it is only the beginning.

To dreams and ambitions, to huge leaps of faith, to taking risks, to making it happen, no matter the costCheers.

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  • Alyssa
    August 3, 2015

    Great read! Love that you’re following your heart and making following your passion, it’s incredible following your journey and I look forward to seeing what great endeavors will come! Safe travels back to the Bay!

    • arnellelozada
      arnellelozada
      Alyssa
      August 4, 2015

      Hi Alyssa! Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your kind words, and the fact that you’ve kept up with me for so long. I’m excited to take this leap, and I look forward to creating more and more content for you guys. So much love. :)

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