It’s been three years. Three wonderful years on the West Coast, but our time here is up and we’re heading back home to Boston.
I couldn’t be more excited.
I wish I could say that I’ll miss LA, but the truth is that leaving feels like a relief. At the same time, I can’t say anything negative about our time here, because the people, food and views were lovely. But for me, my time in LA has just been a sort of limbo, a waiting period, a time in my life where I sort of drifted around and had no structure or roots. For the first time in my life, I spent the majority of the daytime alone. As an extreme introvert, I kind of loved it, although I did feel quite lonely at times. As someone who also thrives on structure, order, deadlines and schedules, being in a place where that was N/A made some days feel like I was going crazy with each day passing by Groundhog Day-style … slow, shapeless and long.
Despite all of this, I did experience great things and had awesome opportunities come my way in LA. One of the best parts were the friendships I’ve formed with people here which I am so grateful for, and look forward to maintaining through blogging and social media. I also got the chance to do some paid professional food styling (while being Jeff’s photography assistant), web content planning and freelance writing, a few cooking-related gigs here and there, and recipe development for some vegan brands. Some of these things definitely would not have happened if I was still at a day job in Boston, so I am thankful for and loved all of these opportunities. I hope all of it continues as we make our way back to the East Coast. At the same time, I want to move forward towards a life that feels more grounded and stable, where I feel more connected to the place I live, and one that offers that specific and familiar rhythm+pace that I love being surrounded in, and closely matches my own.
What I’ve learned and found over the past few years is that when things break up and fall away, it’s entirely possible that they are *maybe* just getting rearranged and put back together in another way that just doesn’t make sense quite yet. I hope that it all comes together as we transition over to and build our new life on the East Coast.
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Some things that I’ll particularly miss about the South Bay: