The biggest news

Guys. I want to be honest with you about something. There’s a pretty major thing I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time that I’ve had to keep quiet for a number of reasons. There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding this big change. I had to be sure it was the real deal, but it’s made for months of agony. (Keeping secrets is hard, as it turns out.)

You see, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction in which I want to take not just this blog, but my life. And the direction I’ve decided on? West. As in westward. As in California, motherfuckers.

I’m not going on vacation, friends. Simply put, John and I are paring down our belongings, mapping out our cross-country route, and moving to Los Angeles. In precisely two months.

Sounds dreamy, right? Yeah, it’s still pretty surreal to me. But there’s more.

Aside from the year-round balmy temperatures and Pacific Ocean sunsets, there’s another source of motivation for this journey. Not only will I be moving in with my boyfriend of four years (and driving 2,600 miles to do so), but I’ll also begin a graduate program in journalism at the University of Southern California.

And here I am. Freaking out in the best possible way.

Witty Title Here is moving to Los Angeles!

Do I sound calm? It’s because it’s still only just now hitting me. Researching and applying to graduate programs, waiting for their responses, and scouring Craigslist apartment listings have all consumed my energy and brain space for months. But telling you guys, here, today (oh, and also my employers)? THAT’S what makes it feel real. And I am so. damn. excited. You guys—I’m MOVING to CALIFORNIA!!! (See?! Totally not calm!)

So that’s my news! It’s big. I’m elated. The next few months (plus, of course, the two years it takes to complete the journalism program) will be some of the toughest, scariest, and most exciting months of my life. And I cannot wait to share them with you. I’ll be busy as hell. But at least I’ll never have a shortage of blogging material. (As I like to remind myself: Live a life worth blogging about!)

So I hope you’re along for the ride. Because Witty Title Here is going west.


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  1. Congrats on getting accepted to the journalism program and good luck with your upcoming move to LA! You’re gonna do great things, girl! 😀

  2. How exciting! Congratulations and good luck!

  3. OHMYEFFINGGOSHTHATISSOEFFINGAMAZEBALLS. <– (Should totes be a real word, right there.) I'm so happy for you, Cassie! I know you've been planning this out and waiting for this to happen for a long time. Two months?! That feels so soon! I can't wait to see what all you'll be blogging about once the trip is underway. 😀

  4. Congrats! Sad to hear that you’re leaving Baltimore, but it sounds like it’s for pretty awesome reasons.

    • Thanks, Renee! There’s a lot I will miss about Baltimore, especially my family. I will be back for visits!

  5. Deborah Peled Markowitz says:

    OMG that is big news! Happy for you! Let’s get together before you leave! (You’ll be awfully busy if everyone says that!)

    • I would love to! (And I’ve thought the same thing… I’ll have to limit my get-togethers to coffee so I don’t spend a ton on lunches out. :))

  6. Congratulations!! This is amazing news 😀

  7. SO excited for you! You’re going to have an amazing time. Let me know if you need any LA tips. Can’t wait to read all about your new adventures 🙂

  8. AHHHHKAJSHDKAJSHD so excited! You just get a hold of me if you need anything at all! In the meantime I’ll be counting down the seconds until you geeet heeeeeere 😀

  9. OMG that is so GREAT. O_O You’ll love it!! Let me know if you need any helps navigating around here!

  10. Congratulations! That’s such big news!!

  11. Congratulations! The best time of my life to date, bar none, was the first summer I lived in my dream state of Maine (OK, not as much a subject of collective dreaming as California, but still, it was MY personal dream…). When you get to CA, soak up the opportunities to see sites like a tourist while getting to go back to your comfy pad every evening, the “pinch me now” newness of the whole experience, and the sense of an outsider perspective that makes every single encounter and visage feel like an insight. Even better to do all of this while starting grad school and feeling that sense of possibility that only a new school year can bring. Best wishes!

    • Thanks, Rebecca – there will be SO much to do once we get out there that it’ll be way too easy to get caught up without really soaking it up. So I’ll definitely be making a conscious effort NOT to forget that and to enjoy the newness. There will be a lot of “pinch me now” moments, I’m sure. 🙂

  12. Congratulations Cassie! This is HUGE. I can’t wait to hear all about the move and you settling in and experiencing Cali. It all sounds so amazing. Not to mention your studies and being with your beau, it’s all worked out so well for you! Ahh so happy.

  13. Congrats!! How unbelievably exciting!!!

  14. That is so exciting! I love forward to reading about your big adventure. Congrats on being accepted into a grad program!!!

  15. Congratulations! I wish you well on your new adventure!

  16. Hooray hooray hooray! I can’t wait, we’re going to be best friends in real life, and we’re going to eat ice cream together and go to the beach together and have slumber parties and talk about boys…*starts constructing friendship bracelets*

    • DUDE, THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS. My favorite colors are blue and purple and green and pink and red…and I like all other colors, too. 🙂 We are going to fiiiiinally meet and it will be glorious and weird and wonderful. REAL LIFE BEST FRANS! CAPS LOCKS!

  17. Congratulations! I’m originally from LA, and even though I haven’t lived there in nearly 21 years, it will always be home.

  18. Congratulations Cassie! “Live a life worth blogging about”, I like that and I may well steal it. XD

  19. oh my gosh! CONGRATULATIONS!! That is SO exciting! Seriously way to t take a step into the unknown, this is super inspiring! high fives and cocktails all around!

  20. This is fantastic, exciting news indeed! Congratulations! Hugs! Squeaks of excitement! I can’t wait to read about the adventures that will come along for you with this change and opportunity.

  21. This is big, crazy, awesome news! So excited for this big change and can’t wait to follow along. 🙂 Congrats!

  22. That’s super exciting! I’m kind of jealous! USC is a great school even though my mom likes to call it the “University of Spoiled Children.” I applied there for Screenwriting, but it was a no unfortunately, so major congrats on getting in! I’m sure that will be a great experience for you.

    And uh… who doesn’t love California?!

  23. Congrats!!! That’s amazing!!! 😀 Can’t wait to hear about your new life!! Can’t believe you’re so calm.. 😛

  24. !!!!!!!! This is so exciting and wonderful, congrats! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!

  25. So happy for us

  26. Woo-hoo! “California, here we come. Californiaaaaa…” Congratulations, Cassie! When you’ve moved in there, I’m sure all the errands and tasks you’ve accomplished to get things done will be worth it. Way to go! 🙂 Looking forward to pictures and blog posts about your new place. (P.S. Katy Perry’s “California Girls” song started playing in my head as I was reading your post. Lol.)

  27. Yay!! SO excited for you!

  28. awesome! this is really exciting news. you go girl!

  29. Woohoo! Congratulations! California dreamin’!!! 🙂

  30. Ahhhhh, congratulations!!!

  31. Wow! This is huge, Cassie! Congratulations to you and John! All the best with the move and settling into your new home! We’ll definitely all be here to read all about it!

  32. I’m so excited for you and full of so much envy! I am always thinking about the day I finally decide to pack up my things and move to L.A. Once it actually happens you’ll have to be my California blogger buddy 🙂

    Totally pumped to hear more about your adventure 🙂

  33. Congratulations! That’s very exciting! I hope it isn’t too stressful for you to handle, and hopefully the move will be less of the “easier said than done” saying.

  34. I am VERY late on this (though I’ve heard about it thanks to Twitter!) but congrats! I’m excited to catch up on your blog and read about your exciting adventure! Also, permission to live vicariously through you?


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