The Final Decision

Our family in San Diego circa 2013
Our family in San Diego circa 2013

Over six years ago I sat with Michael on Y mountain overlooking Utah Valley.  We were dating at the time.

“How do you feel about moving?” Michael asked me. I responded that I was fine with it.  I love adventure, and my experience moving from Sandy, Utah to Allen, Texas in high school changed the course of my life for the better.

“Good,” he replied.

Michael grew up military and moved 16 times before high school.  Moving to him is second nature. The conversation went on to talk about all the different and diverse places in this world that we could one day end up.

Fast forward to present time, we’re still in Utah.  We love it here.  Skiing, dirt biking, boating, paragliding, rock climbing, snowboarding, racing, water parks, hiking…pretty much every activity we like to do or would ever want to do is here.  Our friends are here.  Most of our family is here.  But in the last week, something has changed.

Last week Michael received a job offer to work in Newport Beach, California.

The decision to accept the job isn’t something we took lightly.  In fact, after we officially chose to go, we officailly chose to not go.  This kept happening over and over again.  We would tell our friends we were moving one day, and then say that we were staying the next.  This decision was exhausting.  But after a while, we slowly began to realize more and more that something is pulling us to California, and that is where we need to go.

So, for the record, our decision has been made.  We are for sure, officially, one-hundred percent, moving to California.

In a week from tomorrow.  On February 11th.

We will greatly miss our awesome friends and family here.  (Please come visit us!) But we are excited for what the future has in store.

Of course, I did a little research and made sure I would be okay living there. The LA Temple is about an hour away, so not as close, but still doable. (UPDATE: I was just informed that there is a Newport Temple!!!)

One of the first things I did was check that I would be close to a Sally’s Beauty Supply so I can still highlight my own hair.

Photo cred: google maps

That shouldn’t be an issue. Then I checked the weather.

Photo cred: iphone weather ap

Also not an issue.

Then I asked Camden how he felt about moving to the beach.  He said it would be fun because he could get seashells.  He’s actually been asking about seashells for a few weeks ever since he saw a Netflix episode of Caillou where his family goes to the beach.

Finally, I went to check that people would want to visit us there, but then I remembered that it is in California, so I didn’t waste my time.

And basically, I have come to the conclusion that I’m ready for this change.  We’re ready for this change.  So here we go!


PS:  Feel free to pass on any advice on California/moving.

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  1. I believe if you call your new ward you can get information on good dentists, doctors, and other needed services. Make sure you ask the locals which areas you don’t want to move to…they have legit reasons. We’ll miss you. :)

    • Kara.muehlmann

      Thanks for the advice. I’ve already gotten some good information about where NOT to live from some locals. :)

  2. Melanie Helsing

    One thing that helped me was looking at (and following haha) “dejunking”/spring cleaning tips. I threw away so much stuff for our move and I still felt like we put a ton in storage. Still it’s always good to dejunk. :) good luck with your move!!! :)

  3. Lisa Smentek

    Gods speed! It will be an awesome adventure! My daughter lives less than an hour away from Newport, we visit annually. So, you will be on our stop too. Everything you love to do is within a couple hours- yes even snow skiing. Lots of culture, great views, beach walks and your gorgeous self will be a sight for sore Cali eyes!

    • Kara.muehlmann

      I would love to see you if you come out here! That’s so fun. And the skiing?! We will have to look into that for sure.

  4. Kara congrats!!! We just returned from a Cali vaca and I am jealous you will get to experience that weather 24/7! It was heavenly! Their nighttime weather was a warm day for us Utah peeps! Can’t wait to see your adventures =) And you’ll be close to Jenna! (I think). Good luck with the packing!

  5. Laura Pulsipher

    I grew up in Newport, so I have all sorts of wonderful things to say :) Just let me know if you have any questions! Congrats!! xo

  6. Did you move yet? I live less than 30 min away.

    • Kara.muehlmann

      We did, but after living in California for 3 months, my husband’s former employer gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse, so we ended up moving back!

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