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Tips on Moving to the USA from Canada


I’ve just updated this post with a few extra tidbits since moving to LA! Also, the comments are a great place to find answers for visa questions and importing your car. Enjoy!


Whether you’re being transferred for work or going to college in the USA – you might find this post helpful. Having just moved to the USA from Canada (here’s WHY we moved), I’m hoping others doing the same can benefit from my experience so far and avoid a lot of hassle when getting settled into the United States.

I did everything below out of order, but here is a rough idea of what order you could consider doing everything in and some of the bumps I experienced along the way!


1) Apply for your Social Security Number – I really should have done this the day I found out my US visa was approved at the US border. It can take 2-3 weeks for your SSN to be processed and this number really is the basis for EVERYTHING. Drop anything else and apply for this as soon as you arrive.


2) Apply for your Work Visa – If your work visa has not kicked in, or you need to apply for one after you arrive (like me) I would do this as soon as you have your SSN. My Employment Authorization Document (EAD) took an additional 60-90 days to process, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you can start working. I’m also hearing that EADs are now taking upwards of 120-160 days!!! So giddy up and get on it.

I’ve spent a lot of time tracking my work visa and immigration status online. The best websites for expats I have found are Trackitt, Immihelp and this USCIS page that shows current processing times. There are lots of helpful forums of other people going through the same things on these sites.


How To Network


Do you know how to network? I moved to LA just over two years ago and decided that I need to get out there and start networking more. I have only a handful of contacts in this city and I really want to make sure I’m meeting new people, while looking for interesting and creative freelance projects.

Does networking freak you out? Never fear!

Here are some tips for on how to network for your next event:


1) Bring Your Business Cards (duh).

Show up with your business cards in hand and be ready to work the room. Take them out of your business card holder and have them handy in your pocket when chatting with new people. This way you are not fumbling around looking for your cards in your wallet or at the bottom of your bag. Count out how many you have ahead of time, so you have an idea of how many you gave out at the end of the night. If you are new to your industry and do not have a business card, consider having some printed for you online via – Moo or Vista Print. They are fast, affordable and have professional designs that you can simply add your information to. (more…)

Be the BEST Damn House Guest this Summer


Photo Credit – House Dreams

By: Karen Cleveland

Score yourself an invitation to a friend’s cottage or beach house? Lucky you! Charm your hosts so much on your first visit and you just might secure an invite for every weekend until Labour Day. The more pleasant the experience for the people hosting you, the better the odds of keeping your name at the top of the invite list. Here are my tips on house guest etiquette: (more…)

Why You Need An Emergency Fund


The one thing that every smart woman should have is an emergency fund. Why? There are tons of reasons why. But here are the reasons I have one:


1) You dislike your job. Think about the crappiest job you have ever had with the  most unreasonable person you have ever worked for. Like ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ kind of ridiculous. It’s time to come up with a plan to ditch your job and find a new one. You’ve done everything in your power to make it work, but the situation is hopeless. It’s not just one bad day, it’s everyday.

Having an emergency fund gives you a cushion to live on, so you can leave the thing that makes you miserable and move the hell on. But remember, it’s easier to find a new job while you are still employed. It’s also smart to look for part-time or freelance work. (more…)

How-To Develop a Personal Brand



Happy #ThrowbackThursday! I’m re-sharing this gem today on personal branding – it’s a great post and one of our most-read. Thought it would be worthwhile in case any of you missed it the first time around. xo — Lisa 


Today’s guest post comes from my friend Daniela DiStefano, who really gets how to develop a personal brand and why it matters. I thought that the post she wrote was so great, that it deserved to be published again on my new blog. Hope you find it as helpful as I did!


I recently started a new job, and on the first day my boss told me that what separated me from all the other interview candidates and ultimately won me the position was my online brand.

Whether you’re on the job-hunt, launching your own business or looking to establish yourself online, it’s important to invest some time and thought into the business of you. By effectively developing and marketing your online reputation you’ll be in a better position to target your personal and professional goals. (more…)

Merry Christmas + A Happy New Year!


A very Merry Christmas from all of us here at This Beautiful Day. We’ll be taking a little break to spend time with our friends and family this holiday season. We will be returning with brand new posts, Facebook updates and tweets on Monday January 6th, 2014.


Christmas at The Grove

In the meantime, you can see what I get up to over the holidays by following my twitter + instagram account:

Tweet @helloLisaNg + Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay

Wishing you and your family a very merry holiday season and a happy new year.

xo – Lisa

Christmas Shopping

I’ll be doing LOTS of Shopping

My beloved Christmas sock monkey ornament

My beloved sock monkey ornament

My first Christmas in LA includes palm trees + Christmas trees!

My first Christmas in LA includes palm trees!

Running the Venice to Santa Monica Christmas Run this year!

I ran 5K with my husband at the Venice to Santa Monica Run this year!

Drinking lots of Soy Nog

Drinking lots of Soy Nog – such a thing exists.


Doing anything special to celebrate the season?