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Hey guys! So I realized that since I’ve moved to LA, I haven’t really updated you all on how I like it! I’ve talked about it during a couple QA’s /here and there on Instagram, but I wanted to go a little more in depth today.
So for those of you who don’t know, Cort and I moved from Indianapolis to Los Angeles exactly 5 months ago (wow time flies) for my husband’s job. We both were super excited about this opportunity and had always loved visiting LA. My husband was actually born out here so he’s spent his whole life visiting and kind of considered it his second home. Anyways now that it’s been 5 months, I feel like it’s starting to feel more like home and less like a vacation. We have had SO much fun but also moving brings lots of challenges. I have lived in the same place my whole life so I’ve never experienced moving (besides college which was an hour away so it doesn’t count). This was the first time I’ve really been away away from home. So with that being said, here are the things I’ve loved about LA and some of the challenges.
LA is SUCH a fun city: There is so much to do here so it literally felt like we were on vacation the first couple months. You can go hiking, go to the beach, try so many new restaurants, there is always an event or something fun happening. There are so many other places close to LA that you can drive to and get a completely new experience. We've been to San Diego, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara, and have MANY more on our bucket list. I feel like every weekend is an adventure and I LOVE that.
Pushing me out of my comfort zone: To be honest, most of my life has been pretty comfortable. I’ve always had my parents close by, I’ve had amazing best friends within minutes from me at all times, and I’ve always felt very secure and safe. Moving away kind of strips all of that away from you. Whether you’ve just moved a few hours away or across the country, I’m sure you can relate. This has been so good for me though. It’s actually something I kind of hoped for with this move. I wanted to feel a little uncomfortable. I think when you’re out of your comfort zone, it pushes you to rely more on God, pray more, grow closer to your husband/ significant other, figure things out on your own, and make new friends. So this has been a challenge that has come with moving, but also something I’ve LOVED. I’ve been trying to say YES more and try lots of new things.
On a similar note…
Making new friends: Friendships have always been super easy for me. I’ve had tons of great friends my whole life, throughout college, and after college. I’ve never really felt lonely or been in a situation where I’ve been forced to make new friends. Of course in every new stage of life, I’ve naturally made new friends, but it was never because I HAD to or because I had no one. Does that make sense? Anyways, moving out here has forced me to start over and it’s HARD. I’ve met some great girls here through church, blogging, work, and reconnecting with old high school/ college friends/acquaintances that had also moved out here. Something I’ve learned is that friendships take time, effort, and usually don’t happen overnight. I definitely feel like I have made friends out here but it takes more than just hanging out a couple times to really feel close to them and to feel like they totally know you. All of this has been hard but so good for me and I'm learning so much!
No one in LA is from LA: One thing I have loved about moving to LA is that it’s actually WAY more rare to meet someone who was born and raised here than it is to meet someone from Indiana, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, etc. etc.. I thought I would feel like an outsider here but really, everyone is an outsider!! Haha. I went to a tumbling class to try to feel like I was a college cheerleader again ( HA, really I’m an old lady) but the instructor had us go around and say where we were from. Only ONE person was actually from California, and it wasn’t even LA. I love that LA is such a transient city because you get to hear everyone’s story about how they ended up here and connect over the funny things that happen when you move to LA. Side note, I’ve met so many people here from Indiana which makes me so happy- go Hoosiers!
The basic things: The weather here is AMAZING and the beach is gorgeous. These things are super obvious, but I felt like I had to mention them. I just feel so happy when I’m driving around (even if I’m in traffic) because it’s sunny, there’s palm trees blowing in the breeze, and you can smell the ocean. I know that’s super cheesy but it makes a huge difference and it makes me realize how much my mood is affected by the weather!
Okay guys, those are all my thoughts for now. There's probably a lot more I could say about this BUT when someone asks "How do you like LA??" these are the main things I think of. Thank you guys SO much for following along throughout this journey! I'd love to hear your thoughts on moving because I'm sure many of you have gone through something similar! Have a wonderful day!
Photos by the lovely Jade Sharp
I must say, this is one post that I've been O V E R the moon to share. It's definitely one of my favorite collabs because I don't know what screams "summer in Los Angeles" more than ice cream and bikes on the beach. It didn't feel right to live in Los Angeles without a pair of cool cruiser bikes. We all know how horrid the traffic is here, yet how gorgeous the weather is every day. If you ask me, those are two good reasons to bike your heart out, and that's just what we've done with our Pure Cycles cruisers. Any excuse we have to hop on the bike, we take. Whether it's a quick trip to Trader Joe's, a longer ride to the beach, or an impulsive ice cream run (those happen a lot), life is just more fun on a bike. Pure Cycles has bikes for any lifestyle- city, coaster, cruiser, commuter- you name it! Not only do these Pure Cycles bikes have that laid back, cool factor, but they are also super comfortable and high quality- which is very important when it comes to bikes. I've ridden my fair share of cheap, uncomfortable bikes and trust me, you end up paying for it. I love that these bikes combine quality and style- because let's face it, bikes make for some cute pictures ;) . Thanks for stopping by friends! Be sure to check out the bikes I linked below- I know you're going to love them.