new horizons

posted on: 12.20.2014

It sure feels like I am milking this move for all it is worth, but change is daunting and you are my involuntary/free therapists. Believe me when I say your attention is appreciated. As you have read, Erik and I moved this week to Redondo/Manhattan Beach. Back to LA. Some of you may know, but I had a difficult time living in Los Angeles a few years ago, which is why we moved to Santa Barbara in the first place. Unfortunately, SB is a seriously challenging place to make a living, thus a move for us was inevitable. Luckily, Erik was offered a job opportunity we had to accept and so here we are, back in LA. (Go Erik! He is totally kicking ass!)

Now the obvious question... what does that mean for me? Trust me I have already been flooded with comments like, "So how's the job search going?" "You better not become a boring housewife." "You are moving because of a man?" This is feminist California mind you. (Which is not a bad thing of course.) Well yes, I am moving for a husband, but it is more than that because this job provides us both with new horizons. So again, what does this move mean for me? A chance to pursue the one constant desire I have had my entire make art. I have mentioned my love for art for some time on this blog, but up until this point it has been a hobby, a side-lined subject. And with such neglect, my soul has ached. In my heart of hearts I know that I will never find satisfaction in work unless I am creating, moreover creating with creative freedom. I am not knocking the 9 to 5 as I have been apart of this category since college graduation and it takes true commitment, strength, and strive to thrive in such environment. I am not disregarding the "blue collar" jobs because they may in fact take even more of the previous listed. I may very much find myself within one of the two previous listed in due time, but for now I must try- try to become an artist. If not now, when? I realize that this is a profession that encourages eye-rolling and skepticism, but I am fully prepared to face adversity and judgement. Heck call this the year of my quarter-life crisis if you will, but I finally feel as though I am finally coming into my own! The only thing that scares me more than failing, is never knowing and living with regret.

With that said, I have decided 2015 will be my year! The year I finally launch a e-shop and start an art project that I am very excited to share with you! Ultimately, it will be the year I chase my dreams. I have gained the support of many loved ones, and now I am asking you fellow bloggers and friends for the same thing. You and I, we are one in the same, we are always looking for more than the mundane the obvious so we write, we style, we photograph, we create! Now more than ever, I need you- my sweet and wonderful internet friends far and wide. Perhaps you could spread a little extra love when I become truly vulnerable by sharing my art with you and the rest world.  And obviously, wish me luck!

I love you all, xoxox times infinity!


  1. Ahhhhhhh we are so excited to see what 2015 brings for you and can't wait to follow along on the ride. Congrats on the move and all the amazing things to come!!

    xx 365hangers

  2. Good for you! Try to get on dribble. It's a terrific space for picking up freelance work😃

  3. Beautiful shot! I can't wait to see where you go in 2015!! Good luck on freelance!
    Melanie @

  4. We've been having the most lovely sunsets here in California haven't we? I love to go outside at....4:35 pm to see the pastel colors. Haha.

    :] // ▲ ▲

  5. Oh wow! This sunset shot is breathtaking!

    Jessica |

  6. Yay!!!!! Congrats- I am so truly excited for you- what an incredible time to pursue your dreams. My dad is an artist, exceptionally talented, and I have seen how painting gives him life! Anyway, well done, can't wait to see it thru!

  7. I'd move for those sunsets alone! Good luck lady, I have a feeling this is going to be your year, too! Can't wait to see what's in store for you :)

  8. Very excited for you. I hope this new journey leads you to much happiness with his job and you getting to pursue your passion. Change really is hard. You can do it!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  9. What?! Someone actually asked you you're moving for a man even when he's your husband?! That's a little ridiculous!glad you're getting settled in! I'm super excited to see your art! The little bit that I have seen is so gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. Here's to new beginnings! Can't wait to see what 2015 holds for you!

    xx Kathryn

  11. Lovely picture! Wish you all the best in LA! I've never been but looks amazing, Kisses X

  12. I have really enjoyed reading this post. Good for you, Michaela! Like you said, what is scarier than failure is never having tried at all. This is a very exciting time and I wish you the best of luck! Happy Holidays!

  13. I think I really get what you're saying. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than making art and feeling that people appreciate it. Good luck with your new adventure! :)

    Bella Pummarola

  14. That is such exciting news! Keep us updated, I commend you for following your dreams, you are truly an inspiration. :)