I am quite honored to have the lovely Cassie of Witty Title Here guest writing for me today. She’s such an amazing writer and I just adore how genuine + honest she is.
While we were discussing topics for her guest post, she suggested sharing the story of her move across country from Maryland to California. I won’t give any thing away — but I quickly became excited and knew that her re-telling was going to be fabulous. Her words so closely resemble my own from when I, too, made a very similar move to California. Needless to say, I love her post. And I think you will too!
I’ve never traveled overseas. I don’t even have a passport. But I did have the biggest adventure of my life (so far) last year, when I packed up everything I owned and drove cross-country with my boyfriend. We were headed for Los Angeles.
That trip—and getting to know my new city in the months to follow—changed me. It confirmed what I’d always believed about myself in the years leading up to it but never really had the chance to find out: I thrive on the adventure that comes along with big leaps.
During our epic journey, the endless road, the changing landscape and the soulful faces of the people I’d encounter along the way and never see again — they were all exhilarating. After finding a place to live and settling in, exploring L.A. and everything it has to offer was (and still is) also pretty damn exhilarating.
Despite all this, I’m also an introverted homebody. A perfect weekend for me often means spending the days lounging around at home, reading a good book and making a bangin’ omelette. Sometimes, the part of me that loves getting out and exploring conflicts with the other part of me that would rather stay in and watch Netflix. How can someone who so often craves adventure also have somewhat hermit-like tendencies?
That’s a writer’s dilemma, I guess. I came to L.A. partly because of the weather (hello, 75 and sunny all year long), but also to get my master’s degree in journalism. Being a writer and photographer forces me to go out in the world, explore and actually talk to people. It also requires spending a good chunk of time in solitude as I craft those experiences and conversations into a blog post or article.
Moving to California was a scary, uncertain leap, but it sparked my creativity and it sparked my sense of adventure. We bloggers like to joke about how we feel the need to document everything we do and everywhere we go. I’ll be the first to happily own up to it. If nothing else, documenting my experience of traveling across the country and falling in love with Los Angeles has given me something special to look back on and see how far I’ve come in less than a year.
But it’s also led me to meet some pretty incredible people with stories much more interesting than my own. People whose stories I’d never come to know had I not made the leap, followed a dream and put myself out there. I may not have traveled the world (yet), but I’ve discovered so much about myself along the roads I have traveled. It’s been nice getting to know myself.
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So many thanks to Cassie for sharing such an inspiring story with us! I can’t even begin to tell you how much it resonated with me… making a huge life change like Cassie did is no easy feat — but she did it, and wonderfully + successfully too, I might add.
Have you ever took a leap of faith, scary as it might have been, in pursuit of your dreams? We’d love to hear your stories!
Photography by Cassie Paton