Big Life Changes

by @thecraftedlife on InstagramWell friends, it’s been hard keeping this secret from you, but today is the day I let you know that … I’m moving to Philadelphia! I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads and wondering why the move, so here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes.

Last month, Gabe and I decided to end our relationship after 6 great years. He was my best friend and a consistent source of encouragement that I will miss dearly. Coming to terms with this decision has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my life, but ultimately I believe it’s the right move.

Right now I think a change in scenery and pace is exactly what I need. So Philly is it. Home of brotherly love and soft pretzels. Needless to say I’m a mix of terrified, nervous, and excited. It’s going to be strange to be on my own after so long, but an experience I’m ready for.

I will be taking this week off to drive across the country and to process this next chapter in my life, but! I will be snapping (username: thecraftedlife) the entire journey, so if you really miss me, please follow along!

Thank you for your support during this time.


  • Elyse

    Love you girl <3 Can't wait to party on the east coast!

    • Yay! Can’t wait to live closer either. Many adventures in our future :)

  • Amy

    Philly or bust, we are rooting you on! xo

  • Welcome to Philly! Wish it was under happier circumstances, but I think you’ll love it here.

    • Ahhh thank you so much Chaucee! Would love any recommendations for things to do/eat if you have any :)

  • Laurel (A Bubbly Life)

    good luck with the move!! thinking of you, xo

  • Lucky Philly! Safe travels and good luck getting settled xx

    • Thank you so much Fran! You know that means we’re only like a 6 hour flight from each other now, yeahhhh? :)

  • Chelsey


  • <3 Love you, Rachel. Now I have a reason to go to Philly!

    • Yay! Would love for you to visit! We can pop up to NYC and stuffffff :)

  • So sorry to hear the sad news, but excited to welcome you to Philly soon!

    • Thank you so much for the support and warm welcome! I think I’m going to like it out east :)

  • I’m sorry to hear this but at the same time . . . it sounds like a new adventure and it will be positive. Thinking of you! xo

    • Aww Amy, thank you so much! We always have to find the good right? <3

  • ❤️❤️❤️

    • Look at us swapping coasts/time zones! I hope you visit friend!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Woo! I am sorry that you guys broke up, but your new adventure sounds awesome girl. Lots of love!

    • Thank you so much Monique! An adventure for sure, hopefully a really fun one too :)

  • Carrie Waller

    Sending MUCH love your way, Rachel!! And we here on the east coast are SO thrilled to have you!

    • Aww thanks Carrie! Let me just say how excited I am to be so close to you! 2016 is going to be good my friend!

  • SuzyMcQ

    Welcome to the East Coast! Philly welcomes you with open arms!

  • Narsh

    Marvelous decision. May you absolutely love it.
    Once, on a lark, I moved to Pittsburgh. Great times.

    • Thank you so much Narsha! I love your adventurous spirit! It seems that PA is full of good times and people :)

  • Soft pretzels, and good times are waiting for you. Also, I can’t wait to see what new things inspire you! Wishes you nothing but the best!

  • C.D. Beatrice Clay

    You are AMAZING! You delivered that break up news so well. It was like a punch in the gut followed by a big ‘ole bear hug. I am sending you lots of love and light as you make your way East. Best part about being in Philly (outside of it being a really cool place) is that you’re like a hop. skip and a jump away from NEW YAWK CITAY!! **hugs and hi5s**

    • GIRL! Thank you so, so much! You’re in new york, right? Because if so, I see a cupcake date in our future :)

  • Rachel, congratulations on the big move and a new chapter in your life! Can’t imagine how difficult and life changing these big decisions must have been but it’s so wonderful that you’re doing what’s right for you…Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!