Three Years Living in LA

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

This weekend marks three years since I moved to Los Angeles! Growing up and going to school in the Midwest, it never occurred to me that I would end up on the west coast. Moving out here for a new job and a relatively new relationship required a huge leap of faith in myself and the unknown, something that is very hard for me to do. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience living in LA, which has become one of the most important and best decisions I’ve made so far, it’s the importance of learning to trust your gut and intuition.

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Building a life and living in a new city is never easy, and adjusting to living in LA was difficult, to say the least. I missed my family and friends, a city that I had grown to love, and routine that felt familiar and comfortable. Making new friends in a new city, learning the ins and outs of a new industry, and adjusting to LA traffic took time and a lot of concerted effort. But three years later, I have a hard time imagining myself living anywhere else. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the lifestyle of Southern California – I love the slower pace, emphasis on wellness, and creativity of Los Angeles. Every sunset or glance up at palm trees reminds me how lucky I am to call this place home. I truly do wake up every morning feeling grateful for the life I have and the opportunities I’ve been presented.

Trust your gut, follow your heart, you are where you’re supposed to be. We hear it all the time. It’s easy to discount our instinct, but it turns out the saying “trust your gut” has actual roots in science. Our stomachs are filled with neurotransmitters, so many in fact that it is actually called our second brain. Those butterflies you’re feeling in your stomach? They shouldn’t be ignored. You know that feeling when you’re taking a multiple choice test and you’re stuck between two answers? Usually, the answer you’re inclined to choose first is the right one. Isn’t it funny how that works? I’ve always been more logic driven and rational, but trusting my instinct and going with my intuition has been one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as I get older – I’ve found that it’s usually right and onto something.

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

When’s the last time your trusted your gut on something? Are you more the type of person that lays out all of the facts before making a decision, or do you tend to trust your instinct?

xx, Amy

dress: vicisimilar | bag: similar | hat: lack of color | shoes: similar

17 Discussion to this post

  1. Happy anniversary of being out here in SoCal! I was born and raised here and have never left to live in another city so I totally understand how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful city with perfect weather. I love that you took a leap of faith and moved out here because you are doing so amazing and we are lucky to have not only a stunning girl in our city, but one that is intelligent, inspirational, and has great Midwestern values! These photos are so incredible! They look like you are in Europe or somewhere else. That’s another great thing about LA – so many amazing places and hidden gems. xoxo, Christine

  2. Kris says:

    Girl, you are so brave for having done that! I love California and would totally love to move there one day! Also, your outfit looks amazing, you’re super adorable!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Happy 3rd Anniversary, Amy! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been loving LA! I was born and raised here, so I really can’t imagine how it must be to move away from and start a life in another town. You’re definitely such a courageous and inspirational person <3 Sometimes, these leaps of faith and gut feelings really do get us far! Loving these stunning photos, by the way! So pretty!

    XO, Elizabeth

  4. Camille says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂 this look is so stylish and I would love to live in California !

    Camille xo

  5. Paula says:

    Ohh, I am so glad you’re happy in LA! Congrats on your third year there 🙂 the look is beautiful btw

  6. Happy Anniversary! LA sounds amazing and your pictures are so gorgegeous! WOW, such a romantic setting with the flowers.

    X Merel

  7. I couldn’t agree more with this Amy, trusting my gut is something I have learnt to do with age and it has allowed me to make tough decisions a bit easier, cause sometimes the mind makes a lot of noise 😉 Congrats on 3 years living in LA, I would love to live in such a rich and vibrant city one day ♥ And don’t get me started on how cute your outfit is under the bouganvilles. Sending much love from England

    Saida | She talks Glam

  8. Lisa Linh says:

    Happy 3 years in LA babe!
    Always great to trust your gut and I think you’re killing it so far in LA so it was a good choice 🙂

    Lisa Linh

  9. Kathy says:

    Happy 3 years in LA!
    I think trusting your gut is something that will probably minimise our regrets to the choices we make! But I like to weigh out pros and cons before making a decision as well, that is if i dont have a strong of a gut feeling for that!! 😊😊


  10. Siffat Haider says:

    Loved learning about the science behind trusting our instincts. I’m such a believer in trusting my instincts, and am so glad you did when making this amazing life decision. LA is so beautiful, as are these pictures!

  11. Alina says:

    Love the outfit! The location and the dress is amazing, just perfect <3

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  12. Jessica says:

    Lovely outfit! I love your photos, the floral dress really looked even more pretty with blooming flowers on the background.

    Jessica |

  13. Erica says:

    I’m so glad everything worked out for you. Trusting your gut is always the way to go 🙂 Just those flowers alone tho – so gorgeous with your dress 🙂


  14. Miki says:

    Happy 3rd LA Anniversary! Love your outfit. You look great! I know exactly how you felt about when you first moved, as I moved from East Coast to LA. I knew no one when I got there and just a few months in, we moved again from Santa Monica to LA county. It’s a great city and when you’re on your own you really need to trust yourself and take some risks. I wish I lived closer to the city – it would’ve make it so much easier with traffic being so horrible. While I didn’t have the best experience living 1hr drive away lol, I absolutely miss it from time to time. Wish we met when I was there! Here’s to another great year for you!


  15. Emily says:

    You have the best style! Love your outfit and your blog.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  16. Sara Azani says:

    Happy LA Anniversary! Thanks for the beautifully written post.

    xx Sara

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