The Taster and I are getting married next month. (The count is below 30 days!) Then, we are moving. While we absolutely love Minneapolis…it is time for a change.

So after the wedding we are packing up and heading to Los Angeles, California. We are excited, thrilled and beyond ready but there are many other emotions that come along with it. Will we make friends? What will we do without our best friends here? Being so far from family? Jobs? A lot of people think we are crazy. But sometimes life requires a leap.

Oddly enough, I have this strange sense of calm around the whole thing. (You can tell me I told you so next month if I’m losing my mind)

I have a really good feeling and I know that this is the right decision for us at the time. My Mom has always told me to put intentions out into the universe – and while I’m lying on my yoga mat before every class begins, I see us out there and I see it being the right thing.

¬†Any tips on moving across the country? We’ll gladly take them. :)

47 Comments (Reply )

  1. Katie
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    WOW! I lived in San Diego for 3 years and was just out there over July 4th to visit friends. CA is a wonderful place and GOOD LUCK with the move. My advice for moving cross country…when packing your boxes…take the time to pack neatly, organized, and label everything. This was huge for me, when I moved from CO to NJ one year ago. Happy Monday!


  2. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Nooo! Emily, I have loved that you are a fellow Minneapolis girl! I am not going to lie, this post is sad for me! :) But if you guys feel like it’s the right thing, then I guess you’ve got to do it! And I have no tips on moving because I’ve been in Minnesota… forever. :)


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:38 am

      I know… :(


  3. bekah jonjak
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I just love reading your blog… I am so happy for you and Richie. I know that you had talked in the past about moving out to LA, and now its reality. You will be a beautiful bride and California Girl!! Best of luck with the final prep for the wedding. I know the you and the food will be perfect!! I can’t wait to see pictures and read the blog ;)

    Take care,


  4. Mo
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    OMG, wow and congrats! You will make friends easily. I worried about that when I moved from MN to AZ but people out here are all from the Midwest originally :-). Where in LA? We will be in Huntington Beach for a week over thanksgiving – meetup?


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

      Yes to meetup!! We will most likely be living in West Hollywood or Los Feliz – so close to Huntington Beach!


  5. Amy
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    I moved from Denver to DC a few years ago. I had never been out East, but something about it just sounded so appealing. I didn’t feel like I belonged in Denver anymore. So I packed what would fit in my car, sold the rest and drove the 1500+ miles out here and have never looked back.

    If it feels right, I doubt you’ll get freaked out at all honestly. Just do a lot of research and look into places you might want to visit and places you can do the activities you love. You’ll find friends soon enough as long as you put yourself out there =) Good luck! Feel free to email me if you have questions about moving long distances, I might be able to help.


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

      Thank so much! :)


  6. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    That’s big and exciting news! do you guys have jobs all set up out here?


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

      Things in the works. :)


  7. Mellissa
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    So exciting! I know in the long run this will be a great step for you guys.


  8. Caroline
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    How exciting!!! It will be such a fun adventure and I’m sure it will make the two of you even closer. I’ve moved across the country (Florida to Ohio) and I’m getting ready to move again (back to Florida) and my advice is .. throw away EVERYTHING. Seriously, this is your chance to de-clutter. If you’re anything like me, you won’t even realize the sheer amount of junk that has accumulated in your home. Oh, and pay for movers, it’s worth it. I’m so excited for you :)


  9. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Wow. Selfishly I’m a little sad, as I was hoping to meet up with you the next time we are in MN visiting, but I’m also very excited for such a big change for you. We moved from TX to MN right after getting married and I really think it gave us a strong start to our marriage. Everything was new and every experience was shared as a married couple. I think it starts you off as a solid pair, with all the friends, jobs, experiences happening to the two of you at the same time.

    Wow again!


  10. Jen @ She said. She said.
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Wow – that is big news! Congrats! It takes courage and a positive outlook and I know you have both.

    Why LA? Any particular reason? Clearly better winters…. :)


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

      We have wanted to for the last few years – I have lots of family out there, we love it and want to experience something outside of the midwest!


  11. Tracey
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Congratulations both on getting married and the move. People thought I was crazy moving to a big city all by myself but I knew it was the right thing. That move has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Go with what you feel is right.

    My advice on a big move is to keep your humor about it. If something goes wrong try to see the funny side of it!


  12. Amanda
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    You will be closer to me! We’ll definitely have to meet up! (I’m about 45 minutes away from downtown L.A.)

    I’ve never moved away from my hometown so I don’t have any advice. We will have to plan an L.A. blogger meet up though!


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:28 pm



  13. Mercedes
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I am literally holding back tears. I have obviously known that this day was coming, but I have chosen to be in denial. While I am so excited for you for your wedding and your California adventure, I just don’t know what I’ll do without my best foodie/blogger friend living right across the river. :(


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

      :( Now I’m going to get all teary-eyed!!!


  14. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Congrats!!! I love California and LA is so much fun! Hiking in the canyons? Yes please! So happy for you!! Best of luck with the move and the final wedding preparations!


  15. Kelsey
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Congrats to you and Richie! I am sure it will be a beautiful wedding and i can not imagine the two of you having a hard time with the move! Enjoy it ! Moving from Minneapolis to Sydney for a year (your situation being more permanent) was one of the best things decision I ever made, embrace change!



    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

      Thanks Kels! Hope all is well! :)


  16. Anna Johnson
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    I’m with Mercedes…… :( You will be greatly missed here in Mpls! But, we’ll just have to plan lots of trips to visit you in CA, come back to Mpls to visit, meet in AZ or WI?! We’ll make it work. CA is going to give you so many opportunities that I know will take you far! And in the mean time, hang out as much as possible and help you celebrate a beautiful wedding! xoxo


  17. Sarah Jordan
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Emily… well as your big cousin.. I know that you will make friends faster then anyone I know. Your so amazing and outgoing!! I hate that you are this far away from me now, but so excited that you and Richie are going off and starting your own new life. Your so brave. I can’t wait to see you next month. Your going to do great!!


  18. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    YAY! now i can shout it from the top of griffith park, right?!?


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      Yes! The “secret” is finally out!!! (feels so good to share!)


  19. Karla
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    You’re moving to LA!?!?!? We’ll have to have a big LA blogger meet up!


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

      Yes please!!!


  20. Frank W
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I have done it twice. So here are 10 Tips for moving across country:

    1) Eat often. Grumpy people are terrible movers and have been known to become homicidal.

    2) Allow extra time. You don’t have to make your road trip into a vacation, but avoid tight deadlines by which to leave or arrive.

    3) Become a AAA member. The roadside service speaks for itself. But the discount you get on Penske moving trucks more than makes up for the annual fee (no joke)!

    4) Check the weather for safe driving and easy moving. You don’t want to carry that leather couch through the rain.

    5) Consider hiring movers, particularly to get your stuff into your new place. After days in a car, facing those boxes can be quite overwhelming.

    6) Pack critical items last/on top. If it’s gonna take you two days to empty the truck, don’t put the mattress in back!

    7) Don’t let the Taster convince you the four day drive is your honeymoon.

    8) Take some time to plan for your ears during the drive. Make music only part of the equation. Go to the library and check out a few good audio books. Return them by mail.

    9) Make hotel reservations in advance along the route, even if it’s only a few hours ahead. The last thing you want to be facing at 1am is a 300 mile stretch of I-90 with no hotel vacancies because of a large motorcycle convention in Buffalo. You end up sleeping in your car. Yes, this happened to me last month.

    10) Buy small (though not necessarily inexpensive) gifts for all your new family members along the way.

    See you in a few weeks. Congrats and welcome to the family!


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

      HAHA! I love this Frank, thank you!


  21. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Good luck with your move! How wonderful and exciting! I’ve never made a big move like that, but part of me has always wanted to :)


  22. Michelle
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Yay! This is so exciting! Congratulations!


  23. Susan
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Enjoy your new adventure! Your lives will be full of “why don’t we go there?” and you should! Enjoy and Experience your life together! Hugs, Susan & Peter


  24. Mary beth
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    Well the writing is on the blog. I guess this makes it official! (tear) Although we’ll miss you tons, I am so excited for you guys and see nothing but good things ahead! Please tell me video posts will be daily?! I can’t go that long without a dose of the delldings ;)


  25. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    You are absolutely beautiful Emily!


  26. Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    How exciting! While it will be hard to leave the fact that you guys feel peaceful about the move will make all the difference. Way to trust your gut and take a leap… what a fun adventure!


  27. Dana
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    So many exciting things are coming up for you! You have such a great attitude about it all! I need to take a page out of your book and stop stressing/worrying!!


  28. Sharon Maffei
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Don’t know if you know Erik Figi or Joe Hewitt (B’boo High class of 97)-they both live out there-Erik in LA-Joe in Huntington Beach-with their lovely wives! A really fun bunch! I’ll get their contact info if you’d like!


  29. Charmaine
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Hey Girl! Congrats on the upcoming move and marriage! Not sure if Michelle told you that Tim and I lived in LA for about a year. I miss the sunshine, but not the traffic. i’m sure you already know this, but live close to were you work. I have a freind in Santa Monica who is a naturopatheic dr. and does acupuncture and teaches yoga. And she is from Minnestoa :) Let me know if you want her contact info, she might be able to guide you in the right direction as far as looking for work. Good luck… your going to LOVE living in California!
    And my advide to you after moving across country several times… HIRE MOVERS!!! They are worth every penny!


    • Charmaine
      Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:15 am

      Totally forgot to spell check… hope you can decipher my teriible typing :)


  30. Kelli
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    My husband grew up in Burbank. Love LA. We moved here (Mpls.) years ago (i’m from MN) to raise our kids. (4) Now we long for CA, but as you will find out our heart is in both places!!

    We will probably be back there someday. You’ll love it. Great weather, awesome fresh food and beautiful scenery.


  31. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    From Mpls to CA!! THAT’S MY LIFE!!!

    Well, I stopped in Chicago, NC, SC, then to CA

    But born and raised MN girl! You are going to LOVE Cali but the move itself will be a beast. Just deep breaths and you’ll get thru it and congrats on the wedding, the move…so many great changes!


  32. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Congratulations on your big decision to move! You are going to love it and it will be great. I love what you said about putting your intentions out into the universe, I do the same thing.


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