After living in LA for a year… Peace out LA! Viva Las Vegas!

After living in LA for a year… Peace out LA! Viva Las Vegas!

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.

New Friends Living in LA
New Friends Living in LA

  • 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.

Last LA sunset from the Griffith Observatory. After living in LA for one full year, we're moving to Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!
Last LA sunset from the Griffith Observatory. After living in LA for one full year, we're moving to Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!

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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This is week 22 of practicing gratitude. Living in LA for one year, now Viva Las Vegas!

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. oh how exciting! Have fun in Vegas! Can’t wait to read about your adventures there. I love Atlanta 98 percent of the time so I’ll probably never move. ha! I do dislike that you have to drive everywhere. I also dislike that it has become fake booty/video vixen/superficial wannabe celebrities capital. But luckily I don’t encounter that crowd often which is good.

    1. Yeah, I hear that they are shooting more and more movies there! I guess that always brings in a certain type of crowd. After moving away, I started realizing that there’s a lot of good things I took for granted in Atlanta. I especially miss the southern hospitality. :) I guess I never realized how friendly people were.

  2. So, I totally realize I’ve been reading your blog but failing to comment because I tend to read on mobile devices and always say, “Oh, I’ll go back and comment!” And then I realize, oops, that never happens! ANYWAY! I am very excited to hear more about your move to Las Vegas for many reasons, but it also just sounds like it was time to leave LA! Also, way to go with keeping up with your gratitude practice! I am so impressed and inspired! :)

    1. haha I do that too! Well, it’s good to know that you are still reading, though. When is the next gratitude link up going to be? Hmmmm? :)

  3. The photos are absolutely beautiful!
    The thing I dislike the most about Houston is how segregated it feels. I like mixing with lots of different people, and there just doesn’t seem to be any place here that has a really good mix :-/

    1. Thank you @brittone20:disqus! I feel like the segregation is everywhere though. It’s pretty prominent in LA as well. Not sure how it is in Las Vegas yet. Although, I would still consider Atlanta segregated, I think it’s the most mixing I’ve seen in any of the cities that I’ve been to. Are you committed to staying in Houston?

      1. Hey hey!
        Definitely not committed to staying anywhere honestly…. lol.
        I had the opposite experience in Atlanta, but Houston is still definitely worse.
        I actually experienced the most mixing in Chicago oddly enough, but I hated everything else about it (especially the weather), so that’s a no-go.
        My ideal place is everyone being unafraid of being themselves and accepting others all in one place. But it also needs to not be somewhere cold! I guess that doesn’t exist :-/

        1. That’s interesting to hear. I guess it really depends on the part of the city and the people you end up meeting. That’s what they were saying about LA. We lived close to hollywood, so it was exponentially worse. Chicago is a pretty cool city, but I agree.. I wouldn’t be able to handle the weather.

  4. Good luck on moving! I grew up in LA and hated it when I lived there but miss it now that I’m gone–mostly because you really can’t beat the weather or food! I do not like the Polar Vortex where I live but love pretty much everything else :) Turns out I’m a Midwesterner at heart.

    1. I guess that’s the case most of the time. I don’t think I fully appreciated Atlanta until I left, and then I started to see what was so great about it. I’m actually glad to have moved from LA. I think it’s somewhere that I will love to visit, but I’m okay with not living there. I grew up in Iowa and Missouri but I think I might be a southerner at heart. :) People are generally pretty nice in the midwest, though, so I do like that!

  5. aw. it sounds bittersweet indeed. i know it’s hard to leave places you’ve come to like/love but they will be there when and if you decide to return. and i’m sure your friends are happy to see you travel to vegas and experience a new phase. i know i’m stoked to see you guys in a new spot.

    1. I don’t think I’ve come to a point where I would have called it “home” so it’s not as sad leaving it behind. I think I’m still sad about leaving Atlanta though.. even though I’m sure things have changed and people have changed. There’s a lot of good hiking around, so maybe we can do that!

  6. i was going to say ‘first!’ but i can’t. so. ‘fourth!’ =P

    i love those sunset photos. so colorful.
    hope your time in LV is more sweet (and less bitter) =P

    1. Thanks @searchingforsubstance:disqus! :) As long as no one else comments, since it lists them from most recent.. you do come out first! haha Maybe, I’ll decide to be nicer to people here and not just shut myself in our house. Hopefully, this year will be about opening doors and not closing them!!

  7. Those photos are beautiful. LA really did have the best weather I’ve ever experienced. On to new adventures – wishing you guys a great move!

    1. Thanks so much @erikasevigny:disqus! I am already missing the weather! The weather really spoils you in LA. Luckily Vegas has been having a mild winter this year, so it’s not too bad.

  8. Good luck with the next phase of your journey! Can’t wait for updates and photos from your new home.

    1. Thanks Cassie! And I can’t wait for you to update your blog with other great spots for us to visit in LA! :P

  9. What a journey! Glad to hear you are parting with no ill feelings. Moving is always an adventure filled with good and not so good encounters. This week marks the one year anniversary of our move to Boston and there’s lots to be thankful for despite the struggles. Can’t wait to hear about Vegas!!

    1. So far though.. I’ve only had good encounters in Vegas! Hopefully, it stays that way. haha :P I do know that it’s all about expectations for me. I guess we pretty much ended up moving around the same exact time! This week was the one year anniversary in LA.

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