I’m Moving to LA Today!

Lisa-Ng-LA

It’s official. I’m moving to LA today.

After six months of almost moving to NYC, a change of plans has my husband and I moving to sunny Los Angeles, California. I wish I was able to have spread the news sooner, but we have been living in limbo waiting to hear whether our visas were approved and we just found out last week that it’s official!

Jeffrey's-Patio-Malibu

I’ll be at the beach.

So why are we moving to LA? Paul works for a fantastic digital consulting firm that helps non-profits with their online fundraising initiatives. Many of his clients are in the US, so he is heading out west to open the US office. Our visa is good for one year, after which we will re-evaluate how everything is going.

Richard-Simmons-Slimmons

I want to spend more time with Richard.

What happens to the blog? Part of the reason I launched This Beautiful Day was to have an outlet that was not location-centric to Toronto. I hope that this blog can grow with me as I do more traveling, personal essay writing and share my life in LA with my Canadian readers, family and friends. For those of you who know me as The Hip + Urban Girl over at my other blog that I run with Wendy, I will be continuing on as Editor-in-Chief with a fantastic team in Toronto who will cover a lot of fun events and share the writing. I’ll definitely be writing at both publications, however The Hip + Urban Girl will always remain a collective and collaborative blog for Toronto girls with relevant reviews and events.

Route 66 moving to la from toronto

I’m driving Route 66…again! – Yes it’s true, we are doing this drive AGAIN and bringing our beloved Honda FIT with us to California. We’ll be shacking up at a furnished airbnb for the first couple weeks and then hoping to find an apartment in Santa Monica or Venice Beach…SO excited about this.

I’ll be back in Toronto every 6-8 weeks or so after moving to LA as I have a couple fun projects going on in my hometown, so you may just end up seeing me just as much as you usually do 🙂

Do you know WTF you’re doing? No. But you can follow along! I’ll be tweeting over on my new twitter account @helloLisaNg and sharing lots of great instagram photos @ThisBeautifulDay about moving to LA.

 

Any tips for moving across the country, living in the USA or fun stuff to do in LA? I’m all ears!

 

 

 

  • Sandy Trojansek

    That’s amazing! Wishing you all the best on your incredible adventure. xo

  • That’s awesome! Venice and Santa Monica are both great places to stay! Was just at an airbnb last week in Venice for a few days! Can’t wait to see you there! Stoked for you both! xo

  • Lisa, this is so amazing! I wish you and Paul all the best in your new adventure! Can’t wait to follow along on the blog!

  • Fantastic news! Cheers to new adventures 🙂 Be sure to hike up Runyon Canyon whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed. It offers a fantastic view of LA and the view is definitely worth the leg burning climb up 😉 Happy Travels Lisa!

  • Kaylie Daniels

    Way to go Lisa! All the best to you and Paul on your latest adventure!

  • So exciting and wishing you the best of luck! One of the best things I ever did was pack up and move to Florida for 6 months. Hope to see you when you’re back in TO.

  • Good luck, Lisa and Paul!! How exciting!! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!

  • I am so excited for you guys! Also happy that the word is finally out about this. 🙂 Can’t wait to visit you both in LA! xx

  • CASIE

    So exciting! I’m with Carly in that picking up and making a new start was the best thing ever. Excited for you and Paul and will be following along your adventures! Best of luck m’dear!

  • So cool. You have the best life. Will miss you around here, so please visit lots!

  • Carolyn

    Congrats, Lisa & Paul! I can’t wait to read about your adventures in a LA-LA-Land. Have fun!

  • Michelle

    My favorite area in local LA is Manhattan Beach; I had a chance to live in Pasadena for 9 months many years ago and also enjoyed visiting Long Beach over the weekends, and Orange County. It is all about the quality of light there. The Arts and gallery scene are vibrant. Enjoy!

  • SO Excited for you guys and can’t wait to follow along on the blog! You are an inspiration 🙂 xo

  • Best of luck! Looking forward to read about your new experiences!

  • Lisa Ng

    Thank you everyone for all the well-wishes and suggestions! xo

  • Best of luck to your new adventure! It definitely sounds exciting.

  • Guest

    I don’t really have any tips I can share with you, HOWEVER, there is going to be some Stanley Cup final hockey action happening down there tonight (Wed May 4) and some more I believe on Friday). The only other thing I think I know is that there are probably celebrities out there everywhere, so have some fun and maybe you will meet one (or 2). I have been considering the idea of moving to the States for a long time (not b/c I want to meet famous ppl, I am looking for a sports journalism job).

  • Scottie Smalls

    I don’t really have any tips I can share with you, HOWEVER, there is going to be some Stanley Cup final hockey action happening down there tonight (Wed June 4) and some more I believe on Friday). The only other thing I think I know is that there are probably celebrities out there everywhere, so have some fun and maybe you will meet one (or 2). I have been considering the idea of moving to the States for a long time (not b/c I want to meet famous ppl, I am looking for a sports journalism job).

  • Meaghan Coneybeare

    Just came across your wonderful blog while I google searched ‘husband’s job relocation’!! We are just now ourselves in the process of deciding whether to take the plunge and head to California from Canada. I would love any advice you can give! I work in digital media & events and am super worried that I will find myself without work or activities to get involved in that would be in line with the work I do. I would love to connect if you have a chance! Hope all is well in California 🙂

    • Congrats Meaghan! I’m sure you will not have a problem finding a job in digital media + events here. They are so many HQs of cool tech firms + between the entertainment industry and weddings – there is a lot of work in events! Make sure you are able to get a work visa too when your husband gets his.

      I have no regrets about moving to sunny SoCal and if you don’t love it – you can always move back 🙂 It was definitely a lot of networking the first 3-6 months I was here, but if you keep yourself busy, join groups, leagues etc – you’ll meet the right people.

      Good luck!

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