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WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed


Stephen and I are moving to St. Petersburg, Florida!!!

WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed
Stephen took this in his mom’s backyard and it’s straight from the Nikon COMPLETELY unedited!!! Talk about #nofilter! Gorgeous!!

Back when we first made the decision to leave San Francisco, we weren’t exactly sure whether we wanted to go to NC or FL.

We have family in both places, and it was honestly one of the most win-win situations ever! I mean, Florida or North Carolina?! Hmm, beach or mountains? Sunhats or cute boots? Ice cream or hot chocolate?

They are both such beautiful states, and whenever we got stressed about our decision making/life planning, we tried to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are.

WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed
Perfect bliss… Minus the tag sticking out haha

Ultimately, Florida won out (at least for now!) because of the people. Saying we have family in both states is a true but extremely lopsided statement. We have a bit of extended family on Stephen’s side here in NC. However, BOTH moms, Stephen’s stepdad, my best friend, and a ton of other wonderful friends are in St. Petersburg. Stephen’s dad, very-soon-to-be-stepmom and brother are in the Orlando area, which is about an hour and a half from St. Pete.

In the almost-9 months we’ve been in North Carolina, we’ve been to Florida countless times. Between New Year’s, the loss of Stephen’s beloved grandmother, a second trip for the funeral, a beautiful wedding, another beautiful wedding, and three “Hey why not head to that place where approximately half the people we love live?!” trips… I started to feel a bit like we were commuting to our life.

So when Stephen asked me a couple weeks ago over dinner, “Babe, I’ve been thinking… How would you feel about heading to St. Pete for awhile?” I could hardly contain my joy! WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed

I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am about this move!!!

Even aside from our primary reason for moving, I’ve totally fallen in love with the city of St. Petersburg itself.

Not only did I never realize how breathtaking it is during my last two years of high school (Which was when I lived there! Stephen lived there from 4th-12th grade) but St. Pete has gotten even better since then. The restaurant scene has exploded, the art scene is growing like a voracious purple passionflower, and the nightlife sparkles with champagne clinks and humid Florida stars.WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed

{Can’t wait to wear sundresses!! This one is one of my recent favorites, and only $18.99!}

We’re moving on Saturday, August 20 (FIVE DAYS!! WOOHOO!) and it promises to be a busy and wonderful 2-3 weeks!

I don’t really know how much time I will or won’t have to write actual blog posts, but I’ll keep things updated on my Instagram account and Snapchat: mayaes. I’d be honored if you followed along for this exciting next step! 🙂

WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed
How I feel about packing! ^^ Jk I’m actually way too excited for this move to mind!

Stephen and I have now lived in 3 states together, and I can’t wait to be back in the first one– the one where it all began…


I love him so much, and we are having a blast navigating life together! Maybe he’ll ask me on another “first date” at the Baywalk movie theater…? (Although “Baywalk” has changed its name since then– just like I have! 😉 )

To our St. Pete friends and family, we can’t wait to see you all very soon. You can expect an apartment-warming party within the next few months! 🙂 To those of you who already knew about the move, thanks so much for sharing in all our joy and for pre-welcoming us with open arms. We feel like we’re a part of the St. Petersburg community already!

With love, excitement, and Florida warmth,

xx Maya (and Stephen!) WE'RE MOVING TO FLORIDA!!! | Maya UnMarketed

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