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Why I moved to Los Angeles
Before I moved to Los Angeles, I was living in San Francisco and working for a tech job. I was pretty content. I love San Francisco, my network was growing and my family was only an hour away. It was a sweet life.
Then of all a sudden, my then boyfriend, now fiancé David had a job offer in Burbank and asked me if I would consider moving to LA. We had made a few trips down to Los Angeles to see if it was a good fit.
And after thoughtful consideration, I decided to take a leap and move to LA!
It’s funny because a few months before he asked me that question, we went to Disneyland and I asked him if he would ever move to Los Angeles for me. I don’t recall his answer, but he was really hesitant about it. He wasn’t hesitant because he didn’t like LA, but because the tech industry is prominent in the Bay Area. Regardless, I’m happy he got the job in Burbank and got the opportunity to move and experience LA.
What I learned from the move
I’ve been living in Los Angeles for almost 2 years and I can’t believe how time has flown by! I’ve learned a few things from my move and here are 3 of them:
1. You never know unless try
I’ve heard from several people that Los Angeles is not that great. I don’t remember if they shared that experience with me before, but the majority of people I talked to didn’t like LA. Maybe because some people they talked to were “fake” or shallow, or that the traffic is horrible.
I won’t lie, shallow people exist everywhere in the world, but there are a lot of them in LA. Also, while the traffic is bad, most major cities typically have bad traffic… I assure you there places that have much worse traffic.
But even after all of that, I still love LA.
You can’t beat the weather, it stays perfect all-year round. Even if it gets cold, it’s not as cold as winter in New York or in the Midwest. When it gets hot, it doesn’t get too humid or unbearable.
As for shallow people, look, there will always be someone who is shallow somewhere in the world. There may be a majority of them here but there are also some nice, genuine people in Southern California.
As for the traffic, I actually don’t mind it at all now because I get to listen to podcasts and learn new things.
One of the top things I learned from moving and living in Los Angeles is you can’t make your decision based on someone else’s experience. Other people have their experiences to share with you and it may or may not be the same experience you have.
Don’t be afraid to try it for yourself before writing it off because you may just have the time of your life.
2. Keep exploring
There are SO. MANY. THINGS to explore in Los Angeles!
If you want to go hiking, there are a few hiking trails like the Bronson Canyon or The Grotto trail. For movie-related activities, there’s the Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For art, the Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) are a must-see. For the love of fashion, go to Rodeo Drive and the Grove!
There are plenty Instagrammable places around LA. As for restaurants, there are TONS of options and most of them are so good!!! That being said, there’s always something new to try and it’s always fun to explore.
3. Don’t get comfortable
It’s so easy to be in a bubble and be in my own little world especially living in Los Angeles. LA has taught me to not get complacent and get too comfortable.
Being in this area has made me appreciate all the new things I can experience. I feel like a kid in a candy store, in awe and wonder of all the things to do.
Not only that, it has given me the itch to travel other places in the United States and the world.
It’s important to not stay cooped in and get out of my own world and to see other wonderful things that I am not already familiar with. It breaks up the monotony in life and makes it more exciting!
As we get older, it’s important to have an open mind and keep learning. The world is too beautiful to not see it. Try, explore, and keep life exciting. I don’t know if I’ll be staying in Los Angeles forever, but for
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