Monday, April 30, 2018

Missing Los Angeles

                                                                  photo: adobe stock by Tommy Schultz

I didn't really blog about it and I totally should have. But I got so caught up in the big move from LA to my hometown of Reno, Nevada that I never got to really talk about leaving Los Angeles.

It's been a year since Will and I decided to get up and leave L.A. and head back to Reno.
It was a VERY fast decision. We had been shopping for a home and it was so stressful. We knew we wanted a home with a backyard, not a condo, and we knew we wanted something in a safe area.

To find a home we could afford we'd have to move way out of the city, which would mean our work commute would be at least an hour in a half back and forth every day.
To be able to afford a home in the city, it would most likely be in a sketchy party of L.A. Or maybe it was decent, but the school system would be rated 2s and 3s.
We knew having children was next on our life plan so the school system of where we bought our first home was very important to us.
I also knew I wanted to be closer to my parents in the next year or so. They are getting older, I'm an only child, and I really wanted to have them close by. We thought about finding a house we could ALL move into in L.A., but the stresses of what that could possibly do to my marriage was weighing on me too.

So when Will got the call that there was a great job opportunity in Reno that he didn't even need to interview for, it felt like the stars were aligning and the universe was telling us now is the time.
We made this decision in late April 2017.
And we were officially moved to Reno by July 4th.
It was FAST!!

Living in Reno does have its advantages of course. And it is so nice coming home. But there will always be a huge part of me that really misses living in Los Angeles. I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience living there for 9 years.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons I Miss L.A.

1.) The Energy of the City
To me, L.A. was always more than just a big city with warm weather. It was my first true experience in "love at first sight." When I moved to LA for just a summer internship in 2007 I fell in love. It was the energy of all the people around me. You could feel the excitement in the air and you could feel the drive people had trying to make a name for themselves. I love the big movie billboards along the streets and the red carpet events right down the street from my apartment. There's no exact way to describe it than to say L.A. has a certain energy that you either love and appreciate or could care less about.

2.) The Close Friendships I Made in LA:
Pretty much my whole 20s was spent living in L.A. And your 20s can mostly be about finding yourself, having fun and also figuring out who you are and what you want your future to be. I feel I got to experience my 20s with the best people by my side. The friendships I made are friendships I will always cherish and I felt so much love and support from them. I don't really think I would have stayed in L.A. as long as I did if it wasn't for the new friendships I formed.

3.) The Warm Weather and Beach Life:
For me, I couldn't really feel too depressed when almost every day the sun was shining. And I could spend any free day or weekend going to the beach and spending my day staring at the beautiful ocean. I never wanted to take that for granted. People in L.A. are usually outside and very active. Every time friends would visit me I would take them bike riding along the ocean. I loved that my home was many people's vacation destinations.

4.) Endless Amounts of Things To Do and See:
This is sort of a given because it's one of the biggest cities, so of course there's going to be a million things to do. You can always count on L.A to have any musician hold a concert there, every Broadway show to play at Pantages Theater, comedy shows, movie premiers, art shows, food fests, beer fests, the list can go on and on. It's impossible to ever be bored! There was always some new restaurant opening that I'd want to check out or some cool event (such as rooftop movies) that I loved to do.

5.) The Food:
The foooood! I didn't truly realize how good the food was in L.A.  until I came back to Reno and tried the same types of food and always found myself disappointed (sorry Reno). It just does not compare. Whether it's street tacos, ramen, pho, sushi, steak.... L.A. has endless options and amazing restaurants to try and the food is just on another level.

Writing this post and remincing is so much fun. I could probably go on and on. But I'll leave it at that. Please leave a comment if you have any or need any suggestions on fun things to do in LA!

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