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About Chelsea | ChelseaDinen.com

Hi, I’m Chelsea!

You may have found your way here because you are searching for information and motivation on moving to a new city on your own. Or perhaps you want to learn more about mindset and simple living. Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

My mission is to guide and teach others how to design a lifestyle that gives them more freedom to spend their time, energy, and money in ways that best support their goals and values in spaces and cities that speak to their soul.

More specifically, I teach intentional living and lifestyle design to people taking the road less traveled in life.

Our time here on Earth is precious and I want to help you simplify your life and live more intentionally and on purpose.


my story:

In five years, I made five cross country moves around the U.S., moving solely for the life experience as I listened to the call of my heart. I knew from a young age that I marched to the beat of my own drum. But, as with many of us, I got sucked into the status quo. I graduated from college thinking I knew what I wanted to do with my life, spent endless hours commuting to/from my ‘dream job’ in D.C., but my heart always longed for more.

I knew that my life was meant for more than climbing the ladder, working for the government, and wasting hours of my life watching life pass me by while riding Metro. I knew I needed to break the cycle and take the time to experience the life I wanted for myself, while taking part in the journey of my self discovery. (A journey that, unfortunately, we are not often encouraged to take. In my experience, salaries, PTO, 401K, and mortgages came up in conversation before ‘personal development’ ever did.)

So, I quit my job.

And I began what would become the journey of a lifetime. Starting in 2010, I moved to Utah, back to Virginia, out to San Diego, to Maryland, back to Virginia, and then in 2016, I finally made it back to San Diego where I have started to put some roots down. (P.S. you can read all about my incredible experience moving as often as I have here.)

Throughout those years, I encountered the greatest heartbreak, the most beautiful life lessons, the hardest moment of my life — losing my mom suddenly in 2012, and the most rewarding — starting my own business. As I moved from city to city, I learned and grew every mile of the way.

I learned the importance of my own self discovery journey instead of listening to what other people and society told me I should have, do, or be by a certain age. I wanted a lifestyle of freedom. So, I created it.

I very quickly learned the value in living essentially — not only with my material possessions, but with my entire life as a whole. Driving across the U.S. as many times as I have opened my eyes up to a world of possibility. I quickly saw the value in experiences, not things.

I learned how often the fear we feel is caused by our unwillingness to let go of something.

But really, it’s when we let go that we are free.

I wanted there to be true meaning and intention behind everything that I did. I started viewing my entire lifestyle this way, not just my material belongings. I embraced living simply. The art of slow living. The joys of a purposeful life. I quickly saw the richness that was added to my life (in both experience AND money) as a result.

But how did I get to that point?

I got crystal clear on my lifestyle design.

I figured out exactly what I wanted my life to feel like and then got rid of everything that did not align.

And now I teach people how to do the same.


what I do:

My approach to coaching and teaching lifestyle design is to ask you to dig a little bit deeper, challenge yourself a little bit more, and uncover those essential values within you that will pave the way to a life of greater purpose.

This is where many people are missing the mark. They ‘declutter’ or read a book and expect their life to change.

It begins within. It begins with our mindset. It’s about finding what is essential to our happiness and to our life. And then taking consistent and deliberate action toward our goals.

Using my expertise as a Certified Life Coach, I help people craft a lifestyle that infuses their deepest values and passions. Through identifying what is truly essential in our life and then letting go of the rest, our lives become richer.

This means letting go of old mindsets, expectations of others, bad habits, and limiting beliefs that have been holding you back all these years.

But you must want it badly enough and you must be willing to put in the work.

I created freedom I had once never had through deciding to live a simple living lifestyle. To need less, to want less, to have less… I gained more. I gained more value, time, energy, clarity, and confidence in the life I wanted to live.

And now I’m here to help you find the same.

I also write a lot and have plenty of free resources throughout my blog. Here are a few of my favorite topics:

+ TRAVEL (get the details on my solo trips!)

how you can work with me:

  1. ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: As an ICF-Accredited Certified Life Coach, I work privately with clients who are ready to work through fear and shift their mindset in order to reach their goals and transform their life! You can learn more about coaching with me here.
  2. LIVE SIMPLE COLLECTIVE: If you want to simplify your life, you can join my online community where you will receive access to brand new fun & inspiring video trainings every month to help you incorporate simple living & minimalism into your life! Learn more and become a member here.
  3. SOUL-CENTERED MOVING: My premium online course in moving cross country alone. I have taken every single thing I learned throughout my 5 cross country moves to help prepare you for your own move through these modules and workbooks. You won’t find anything else like this out there (I know because I needed a resource like this before I moved!) Get all the info & get instant access to Soul-Centered Moving here.

fun facts:

  1. I could spend every day exploring new coffee shops.
  2. Scandinavian culture and design has been a huge influence in my life.
  3. In 2011, I rescued my cat Stella and she has made 4 out of my 5 cross country moves with me!
  4. I minored in Dance in college and aside from writing, it will always be one of my greatest passions.

where you can find me:

Chelsea Dinen | Life Coach

If you can relate to any of this, please make sure we stay in touch by joining my tribe where I share tons of personal stories and inspiration a couple times a month to help guide you and support you as you build your dreams!


+ Before working with Chelsea, I was feeling very stuck. Not growing, not thriving, just surviving. I was unhappy and had a million thoughts racing through my mind and didn’t know which to act on or which to ignore. I would go into a coaching session feeling tired, depressed, and unmotivated, and come out with all my fears and negative feelings washed away. At the end of each session, I felt empowered. All of the lofty goals and dreams of mine were re-affirmed as being absolutely possible, and I would start to get excited about life again. Chelsea was/is exactly what I needed exactly when I needed it!

— Christina

+ Chelsea helped me feel capable of making the cross country drive/move on my own. I can’t thank her enough for what she shared about her own journey and about the wisdom she’s learned along the way. I truly feel like I couldn’t have made it through this summer/move without all her help! Chelsea had me covered!

— Linda