Welcome to Nashville y’all!

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but  on building the new.” Socrates

I discovered the biggest challenge of change is “building the new,” a brand “new” existence.  New start, new job, new friends, new house, new city. The newness can be both exhilarating and overwhelming; it can be fun and rewarding, but it IS scary at the same time. What to do? Where to go? Most importantly, where to eat? And, who will eat with me?

My name is Chelsea. I grew up in SC and recently moved to Nashville, TN after nearly ten years in New York City to be with my wonderful fiancé, Sean, and the 99 others that moved that day.  Since I arrived, I’ve been learning how to navigate the elusive newness and break the stubborn cycle years of stability creates. I built this blog to answer those questions. Eat, Play, Love Local will serve as a personal guide to exploring my new city, Nashville, and the other local spots I find along the way.

I’m new to blogging, ergo I will lay out my qualifications. I’ve been reviewing food (unprofessionally) since I was 12 years old and my parents introduced me to New York City and fine dining. From my study abroad experience studying fashion marketing in Milan, Italy in 2007 I caught the travel bug. I love exploring other cultures and cuisines.  This blog will draw on my years of inexperienced experience to review whatever I discover on my latest adventure in Music City and beyond.

Thank y’all, for joining me! Can’t wait!

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Steeple Chase 2018
Jumpsuit by First Monday // Shoes by Nisolo, local Nashville fave // Hat by Goorin Bros.
DJI_0083Nashville drone photos by Sean Rand