Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, people have been begging me to write something, anything, about it. Where exactly do you live? What has it all been like? Have you seen anyone famous? What does a day in your life look like? I’m thinking of moving to LA, do you have any tips? Well, don’t worry Mom, all your burning questions will be answered.
I moved to LA on January 15th, 2018. I had been planning to move here for about a year before I actually did it, but I was comfortable in Chicago. I was living at home, not paying rent, I had a solid job and several coffee shops where people would ask me, “The usual?” So why, you might be wondering, did I decide to make such a change? Well, that’s just the reason. I was too comfortable, and I knew I had to do something about it. The next question was: Los Angeles or New York City? And so, as winter in Chicago rolled around last year, I decided on LA. As I focused my attention more and more on the fact that I knew I was going to be relocating here, things (like housing, bedding, working) began to fall steadily into place.
I live in Echo Park on top of a hill with a lovely Hollywood sign view, I sleep on a bed I received from Steven, and I work as a social media manager and front desk connoisseur for Samarasa Center. Every morning I wake up feeling like I’m on vacation. I know that may sound good to you, so I’m going to be fully transparent about tips, trick, and things I have learned in the past two months so you don’t come here oblivious to it all, not knowing what to expect. Here we go:
If you move to LA, you will always know if Mercury is in retrograde. If it is not, you will know when it will be. Example: say you’re putting a lid on your iced latte with oat milk, but the ice makes it so a little drop of coffee spills out the side and onto the white marble counter top that you put the lid on. “Mercury goes into retrograde next Thursday,” your barista might say, sympathetically. This year, Mercury will be in retrograde March 23 to April 15, July 26 to August 19, and November 17 to December 6.
Say you want something from your mom. You have to call her first to check in, and gauge her mood at the precise moment. You never know what you’re going to get because you are no longer living with her. Example: You are working at a yoga center and only have black leggings. You want to switch it up but you know how pricey Lulu Lemon can be. You call your mom, but before asking her to split the cost with you, be sure to ask how she’s doing and go from there. She could be in the “you live alone and have a job” mood, or the “I miss you so much, why don’t you just tell me which leggings you like best” mood.
You can never have enough pasta sauce. Example: you have to make food for yourself.
Get used to famous people. I don’t mean A-listers. I mean that sometimes, people I know come into the yoga center. I’m not going to name any names but I am going to tell you how I deal with this when it happens. Firstly, I act like I have no idea who they are. This is a strategy that I wouldn’t think works for me but surprisingly it does. Example: a C-list celebrity whose Instagram you now know by heart comes to the desk to check in for pilates. You say “remind me of your name again?”
Get free coffee whenever and wherever you can. The amount I am going to spend on coffee per year, if my calculations are correct, is appalling. I am appalled with myself. I recently purchased a French press in the hopes that it might help me spend less on coffee. I have yet to open the French press. Or buy coffee to use with it. Or figure out how to use it. Example: Someone at work says they are making coffee and asks if you want some. You tell them that you do.
I know that was only five tips, but I do have more. Like how to save money on food. Cheezits, for example, are only $1.99 at Walgreens. Let me know if you are veering one way or another on the moving to LA scale, or if you need a little more information before making a final choice.
And until next time, BYE!