Why I’m Moving To Austin, Texas

10 January 2021

Los Angeles, Los Angeles. You’ve been good to me. But I’m comfortable, and that’s why I’m leaving your almond milk latte filled city to head to the capitol of tacos and tequila.

Let’s take it back to the beginning. I grew up in Mansfield, Connecticut, probably the smallest and prettiest town you’ll ever step foot in. Only 2 hours away from the capitol of wealth (if you know Connecticut, you likely only know Hartford, Greenwich or Fairfield) Mansfield was where my story began. It’s in my childhood bedroom where I ran up the stairs to escape from school and blog everyday that my ideas really began. The evolution of my career, something I’ve shared step by step on social media and Life Unfiltered since the beginning, has been nothing but unusual. I moved out at 17 to Bedstuy, Brooklyn, and then landed in Boston for three years. I got bored in Boston and convinced my (at the time) best friend Gabe to try out LA with me.

Being from the East Coast, Los Angeles was always the last city I said I’d try. Half the time when I was in LA I was trying to convince myself I wasn’t crazy that I was moving to LA after living in many of the top cities in the country, and the other half of the time I was sketching myself out to where I was in such disbelief when I landed my Radio Disney show, Fearless Everyday. Do people who come from nothing really become something, or does that only happen in the movies? I’ve always struggled with looking at my life as a third person. Because I’m so deep in stress, anxiety and obsession most of the time with my career, I rarely realize how privileged I am to be able to tell you I’ve crafted my dream life by working my ass off. Often times, I’m only reminded of that when I connect with a college student or someone who is in a talk I’m presenting who reaches out to me after a few months and tells me how I helped them land their dream job or quit the job they hated.

Long story short, I never anticipated staying in Los Angeles longer than I had to. The happiness and calmness I feel in Boston is a feeling I’ve never had in LA. LA is the place everyone moves to be someone and that’s what makes it so special. That also makes the competition so high, and the lack of depth and authenticity in people so extreme. I’d certainly say New York and Boston are a completely different place than LA on the topic of people. Making friends and keeping them in California was and will remain difficult. If you’re not from there, it’s hard to find your place.

When the pandemic hit, instead of leaving, I signed a lease on my dream apartment in Hollywood Hills and hit the ground running. What I didn’t expect is what would eventually transpire in LA from 2019-2020: people dying every minute, immature young adults hosting COVID parties at their mansions, and top tech companies moving out of California to save money, especially on taxes.

Something over the past 5 months has shifted for me. Maybe it’s because we ended the season of The New Unfiltered earlier, or because many of my friends have left LA, but I don’t feel like I have to sacrifice my own happiness to stay in this city anymore. Austin has clean air, amazing people, great food, and a happening scene. There’s also so many resources there for small businesses – something I’ve never found in LA is a community of entrepreneurs who want to bring each other up and not down. I’ve got influencer friends, but I way prefer to be around my friends who own their own companies because I thrive in that environment.

I’m not giving up my apartment in LA until I know if I like Austin more than LA, but I have a strong feeling I’ll feel right at home in a world of tacos and tequila.


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27 thoughts on “Why I’m Moving To Austin, Texas”

    Robert Kapusta says:

    Hello Alexa,
    I’m reading about you for the very first time, I must say I like your style, attitude, and outlook on life. You must be my Astrological mate, you are relentless in the Major Leagues. Curve Balls whisk by in life every minute and it is so refreshing to read about really coming from zero and building from the ground up. I love your tinted hair , that piques my interest in you. Keep doing what you do, bye

    OMG DO NOT MOVE TO MY CITY. PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE A DIME A DOZEN AND WE CANT STAND IT. TRUST ME PEOPLE REALLY WILL TELL YOU TO LEAVE. YES WE REALLY DO THAT.

    KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD. DONT CALIFORNIA MY TEXAS.

    No, please don’t move here. Too many people are moving here. Those of us who grew up in Austin and are ready to buy homes are getting pushed out of our own city because the housing market has become insane and unaffordable. Moreover, traffic has become a nightmare and Austin is losing its original essence. Please don’t be part of the problem, I’m begging you. Dallas and Houston are great too and have much better infrastructures to handle large populations. Please consider them instead. I know this all may sound mean, but native Austinites are really hurting. Things that we used to do for fun we have to get on a waiting list for now because there are too many people. Please don’t move here.

    Are you allergic to cedar? Allergies here are really bad, so get ready. Also, summer can get to 110. Please learn driving etiquette before you come! I love Austin, but it doesn’t feel like Austin anymore because of so many CA people moving here. That said, you may love it! I do. Good luck!

    This city may look like tacos and tequila but once you get here it’s more like Traffic, Traffic and More Traffic. Just remember to stay in Travis County though.

    American aborigine says:

    Just don’t bring your Democrat Blue mindset to our city. Texas is a great state and Austin is an excellent city BECAUSE it recognizes that the USA is a REPUBLIC and I’d guided by those principals.

    You are going to loove it here. Everyone here is so supportive we are big on supporting local and small. Let me know Inhave connections to resource to for marketing and P.R.

    I currently work at a locally owned and operated laser and aesthetics academy. Hope you love where I grew up as much as I do. And when you get a chance go visit Fredericksburg tx that’s my hometown

    Everyone is being so mean ! You’ll love it here , the weather is beautiful. People in Texas are so nice and saying hello or good morning to strangers is normal . The food is amazing here, always miss it when I travel. City and outdoor life is great here ! Welcome to Texas 😊

    Here’s the truth. Austin is fighting to hold onto the things that made it Austin. It is no longer the funky weird town. It is a major city with massive growing pains. The homeless problem has exploded so we are turning into a tent city. Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad but there is now trash everywhere. Traffic is unreal due to lack of public transport to support the population growth. It can take 45 minutes to go 6 miles in rush hour. The city thinks bicycle lanes are the answer but, starting in May until October the weather is hot. I’m talking mind numbing, lose your sanity hot. Over 100 for days on end. By August pools and lakes are like bath water and the heat continues. Add cedar fever. You will get it everyone does. Imagine 6 weeks of the flu. The cute apartment or condo you move into, most likely a family was displaced so it could be built. So yeah, reading a cutesy article about moving here will piss some people off.

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