East Coast to West Coast

  If you know me, you know I have been working over the last year to move to California. I have been trying to save up money, selling my belongings, working on my guitar chops, and more. It has felt like a long road, but I am happy to say the doors have finally opened! 

   Many of you saw that I was looking to join the Circuit Riders Experience in Huntington Beach, CA. Unfortunately I was not able to raise the support needed to join, however when God closes one door, He opens another. I have accepted a job to work for a small private school in Pasadena, CA, and on top of that I have a great apartment lined up in Tujunga, CA. All the pieces have been coming together, and I am so excited to start this new journey. I had many concerns when it comes to moving to California, but God has been answering them all. Take a look at what I mean.

1. Health - While looking for some contract work this summer I got some routine check ups and was diagnosed with Graves Disease (nothing serious and easily treatable so no one needs to freak out). All the extra time I had from not working for several weeks allowed me to get all my tests done and begin some treatment options before I move. 

2. Family - I wanted to spend extra time with my family before I move, and every Sunday for 4-5 months I spent time with different members of my family including my 2 beautiful nieces. Still feels like it went by too quickly.

3. Stella - if you follow me on Snapchat, you have seen many pictures of my cat Stella. She is a great cat and I have wanted to take her with me, but I didn't think I would be able to with most apartments not being cat friendly. The apartment I found in Tujunga is not only cat friendly, but the landlord said he could babysit Stella if I was away! That was such an answer to prayer, because I know my niece loves to see Stella when we FaceTime haha. 

4. Finances - I have never been good about saving money which was making the move to Cali very difficult. Leaving Norwell and pulling my pension money (not smart in the long-term) gave me just the right amount of money for my new apartment and the move for my stuff and my car!

  I can't thank God enough for bringing all these pieces together, and these listed are just a few. Over a long weekend in LA I got a job, an apartment, and maybe even found my new home church! I couldn't believe it actually came together. All of this has given me even more confidence that I am following God's plan for me in California. I am excited and at the same time pretty freaked out about taking such a big step. I have been extremely blessed to have such an incredible family, and wonderful friends. Being so far away from them has been a tough pill to swallow, but it's because of their love and support that I even have the guts to take this leap of faith. I can't thank them enough for their support, and even practically for helping me get out of my apartment and on my way cross country. So now I have just a few more days to spend time with my favorite people in the world before Stella and I get on our flight (yes the cat is going with me on the plane .... yikes). 

  So please be in prayer for me as I get settled in my new place, and for me and my family as we adjust to this distance apart. God has great things in store, and I can't wait to see what that means for us all. I will update you all soon so stay tuned!