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  1. July 19, 2016
    Kayla says

    Westchester represent here too! I’ve lived in NYC for about 8 years now and always think about heading to the West Coast– whenever I visit my friend in LA I’m always enamored with the slightly slower pace.

    I do have a Prius, though, so I guess I have a little bit of California with me.

  2. July 19, 2016
    Bree says

    Love this! I moved out to San Diego last summer from the East Coast and definitely loved it but ultimately felt like I was too much of an East Coaster to ever really feel like a Californian so I headed back east a couple months ago. So grateful for the opportunity to give it a try though! It’s amazing how different a place can make us feel!

    xo Bree

  3. July 19, 2016

    I’ve been wanting to take that road trip for so long! It’s on my list. Beautiful.

    Part of me always wanted to move to Cali, at least temporarily. In Chicago, we don’t have it as bad as NYC in terms of competitiveness, but it’s up there. Would be nice to have a change of pace for awhile.

    Glad you found your place :)

    Christina |

  4. July 21, 2016

    Love these photos!

  5. July 21, 2016
    AK says

    I love every single thing about this! I am also an East Coast girl who yearns for the west. But what I really, REALLY love is that white Prius! I just got the exact same one last weekend, as my first ever big girl purchase. I’m totally obsessed… Now I can easily drive out west and never return :-)

  6. July 22, 2016
    Wiindii says

    I’m so the opposite! I grew up in California. I love the country side, but I always felt that I don’t belong in California. I love the fast paced life of New York. I want to be able to walk everywhere, I love the cold and am not too find of the hot sun. Your story is truly inspiring. I’m hoping to move to NY by the end of the year.

    Great photos!!

  7. July 31, 2016

    You look so dreamy driving that new Prius along the beautiful California Coast. I can really relate to your story.

    I grew up a bi-coastal girl, an airline brat, born on the east coast with moves back and forth. Seven year ago I was finally free to choose, so I headed to California and bought a house in Half Moon Bay.

    This time I noticed something different — a Prius in every parking lot. Seriously. That first year, my husband and I played a game to see who could point out the Prius first.

  8. August 8, 2016
    Emily says

    I love this post. Reminds me so much of my story. Born and raised on the East Coast. My father took me on a trip to California for the first time when I was 15 and I knew I was going to end up there. After many years and several detours (including a brief stint in Seattle), it was a broken heart that led me to San Francisco. It immediately felt like home and I fall more in love with this city every day.

    I cannot think of a more magical place. <3

  9. August 13, 2016
    Cat says

    I left western NY at 18 and drove cross country to San Diego. I had never been out west, but I knew the west was calling. As a natural blonde, I’d often hear “you must be a native Californian.” Well, I should have been. LOL. I’m in the bay area now and have lived here longer than I had lived in NY. I still find that I move, drive, and speak at a faster pace than most, but this is definitely where I fit best. ( :

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  10. August 17, 2016
    janet says

    Did basically the same thing. Visited San Diego (lived in upstate NY at the time) and fell in love with California at 12 years old. Finally moved to the Bay Area from Port Chester, NY (in Westchester County) when I was 28 and have lived here for 16 years. I will never leave. I was born to live here and knew it at 12 on my first visit.

    1. August 17, 2016
      janet says

      Oh, and I also own a Prius, since 2006. Love that car and hope to drive it past 200,000 miles.

  11. September 1, 2016
    Nora says

    You speak of my heart! I’ m even not american, I live far far east in Zurich, Switzerland!
    I know this feeling so well! I’m dreaming of San Francisco since years and work so hard to move some day! As a mother of three not that easy but I’ll keep on trying!
    It was such a plesure to read you blog! Good to know I’m not alone;-) all the best and maybe we’ll meet some day at depot in Mill Valley✌️❣

  12. September 25, 2016
    Lisa Simons says

    Hi Amanda! As a fifth-generation San Franciscan, with two California daughters….I welcome you to the West, and am so happy you appreciate this beautiful place for all the right reasons! Lisa

  13. August 13, 2017
    Angela says

    My boyfriend and I have been talking about the big move from NYC to California for quite some time now. Your post really motivated me. I grew up in Pennsylvania born in Manhattan, while my bf was born and raised in the Bronx. He always felt like there was somewhere else he needed to be. He loved your story as it resonated with his own life. Thank you.

  14. October 26, 2017
    Alex says

    Love all the pictures you have. I can’t believe you decided to move all the way across the country, but I hope you are loving it! I’m born and raised on the west coast and I really believe there is nothing like it :)

    Thanks again for sharing!

  15. January 5, 2018
    Saul says

    Awesome pictures- thanks for sharing. If you ever plan on going more south in California and buy a house in the Los Angeles area Peak Corp is an excellent hub of information.

  16. March 16, 2018
    Liz says

    This is so inspiring! I moved to NY when I was 12, and didn’t like it at all, but because I had to keep moving forward, I finished High School, and applied for college in NY. Soon I will graduate, and I’ve been seriously thinking about moving to Cali (LA). California is not a fairy tale land – I visited, I heard, I know but, I feel like its where I have to be, I feel like it will be my home.
    Thank you for this beautiful post, pushing me closer to making a move soon!


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