California, One Year Later – Don’t Forget to Believe in Your Dreams

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Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do // Tasty Yummies

Today we are celebrating one year since we arrived in California from New York! It seems like just yesterday we pulled up to our new home in the moving truck, tired from a long, teary-eyed adventure across the country. Since much of the last year feels like a blur and a whirlwind, I haven’t taken much time to reflect on this huge life shift, so what better time than now?

California - one year later

The decision to uproot our life in New York, leaving our family and all that we had built together over nearly 10 years, wasn’t one that was brewing in all that time. It started as a pipe dream just two years prior, something my husband Mark and I lustfully talked about in a very dreamy way – “wouldn’t it be amazing if we just up and moved to California” or “one day we need to live in California”. One day we decided to stop merely dreaming and started taking the actions necessary to actually make it happen. Within a year of that decision we had sold our house, we said our goodbyes and we hit the road for the west coast.

So much has happened in this first year of living somewhere new, we have both accomplished new and major things, we have had our struggles finding our way in a new place, we’ve seen relationships change and new ones flourish and grow, but through it all – we have always had our dreams and each other.

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Listening to your Inner Voice

The most important thing I have taken from this major life shift, is that the biggest dreams sometime require the biggest changes, some of which may not pleasant. Part of allowing your dreams to come to fruition, is taking the time listen to your inner voice, to realize that your unique path isn’t supposed to or going to, be the same as anyone else’s. Most of all – you need to realize what is holding you back from that dream and with that, you will likely be forced to look your biggest fears straight in the face.

Your journey in this life will be authentic to you and opening your heart to the possibility that it may not be what you first thought it would be or what others expect of you – can start to tear down even the biggest of walls. If you are willing to explore places and things outside of your comfort zone, if you are open to letting go of things that no longer serve you, no matter how much resistance you are met with – for me I have found, that is when the biggest and most magical changes can happen.

Over this past year without much thought, by opening the doors of possibility to allow this huge dream of moving to California to become a reality, I have actually created a space where I have watched many of my other wishes come true and it has been incredible. I am finally allowing myself to no longer be halted by own fears and I am starting to let myself be open to the discomfort, to break myself of falling into the habits of what I know, the comforts of stability, ease and safety. I have been learning to take those big leaps of faith toward my dreams and being OK with whatever happens next.



One Precious Life

This is it, we only have one chance to do what makes our souls sing. Moving to California is just one of the many things that makes my heart happy and makes every day worth living to it’s absolute fullest. If you bring love and intention to your dreams, if you believe that you deserve nothing short of an amazing, wondrous life – than anything is possible.

I want to leave you with this amazing quote that a friend with incredible timing, literally sent to me just last night: 

“Believe in your power to succeed and everything in nature will rush to your aid.” 

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What dreams are you living now, that required major change?

What is one dream you are working on making a reality, now?

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9 Responses

  1. Hello Beth! This is a wonderful post … so very encouraging! This is a great reminder to keep challenging ourselves to achieve our dreams … and most importantly of all, to believe that we can! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • tastyyummies says:

      Thank you Helen that is so sweet. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. So appreciated 😉 xo

  2. Beth – Your posts are always so beautiful. Your skill for verbalizing your thoughts is incredible. You should be a writer! Congratulations on your first year here in CA and living your dream. Heres to many more.

    • tastyyummies says:

      Oh my gosh Marilyn, thank you so much. I am so self conscious about my writing so it means so much to hear that, it is so appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. xoxo

  3. Rose | The Clean Dish says:

    A beautiful post!! I enjoyed reading it very much.
    Congratulations on your first successful year in California 🙂

  4. Amanda Paa says:

    Wow, that quote from your friend is beyond powerful. Needed that.

  5. Thank you so much for writing this. I needed to hear it. Especially that last quote. I sometimes wonder if the world is just against me and that I’ll never be able to fully play out my dreams. Maybe the first step is believing that I WILL live this dream one day and that I am good enough to be able to do it.
    Congratulations on your first year in CA and living out YOUR dreams. I can imagine that that feels pretty damn amazing.

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