We’ve been living in LA for a year, and the time has come to an end. I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to write this goodbye post. If it was 6 months ago, I would have vented about how much I hated LA and meeting all these narcissistic, superficial people in youtube and the entertainment industry in general. I just couldn’t wait to get out after the year was up!
But these last few months as I have been reflecting and doing these weekly gratitude posts, I realize there is a lot to be thankful for in LA. There is always a silver lining in whatever circumstance, right? so here goes…
LA, what you lack in humanity, you certainly make up for in weather. Remember the polar vortex? Well, I don’t, because we were probably out hiking in our tank tops. I won’t deny that the weather is hard to beat. It’s sunny and beautiful 99% of the time. I will miss all the great hikes and the beaches, but mostly the sunshine. Oh and the food too!
Also, despite the bad encounters, I did meet a handful of good people this year. They do exist! Jacob likes to say that there’s just more douche per capita in LA, but you can always to find the right people. And when you find them, you stick with them.
- Ki Hong & Hayoung helped us move in, showed us around town, and took us out to our first meal in K-town. It was the warmest welcome to a new city. They also befriended our kitties while we were out of town.
- Lana and Nathan (& Nigh) are some of the kindest and generous people I have ever met. They really care for their friends and it shows.
- Takisha and Phil and our small group that we joined for a few months were a breath of fresh air when life seemed to revolve just around YouTube.
- Fern, Garrick, Souwah, & Stephen – our photographer friends that we always enjoy going on photo adventures with!
- Jess and Joe, who we met at the tail end of our stay in LA, but we instantly connected and loved that we could be type of friends that could always just show up at each other’s doorstep.
- Lastly, Kate who is not a new friend, but one from Atlanta that I’ve known for over a decade. Whenever we were together, it felt like we were back in college again. It was comforting when everything else was strange and unfamiliar.
It was a difficult year leaving behind my friends and family in Atlanta to navigate a new city with new rules, but these guys helped me survive the year and have my deepest gratitude. I know there were others that we didn’t hang out with as often as we would have liked, but we appreciated the times that we did. :)
Even after living in LA for a year, I can never get tired of the beautiful sunsets. This was our last sunset from the Griffith Observatory just a few hours before moving.
It was the clearest of days with barely any smog and was a great parting gift to us. Peace out LA! I am glad that I can finally say that I’m leaving the city with no regrets and with no bitterness in my heart. Our next adventure is in Las Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!!
P.S. Is it time to destroy the LA sh*t list once and for all? ;)
What’s something you love and what’s something you hate about the current place you live?
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