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Thursday, January 26, 2012

3 Reasons Why You Should Move to LA (or not)



I meet new people every day at work, and I'm always asked why I moved to LA. It's an easy question for me to answer, but I recently realized I never really explained it here. Many people wonder why I would be willing to leave my friends and family and the only place I knew to move across the country to a brand-new, bustling city. It may seem scary, but I did it without a second thought! Here are a few of the reasons why I'm here, and maybe you should be too -- or not, because for every wonderful thing there's a downside. It all depends on what's important to you. For me, it's all worth it! ♥

1) The weather. Right now it's 70 degrees. At night. In January. Words can't even begin to describe how grateful I am to finally live in a city where I don't need to scrape off my car every morning and wear four layers to step outside! I absolutely adore warm weather and, even if I end up leaving LA someday, I want to be somewhere that doesn't snow. I lived with it for years and years, and I'm okay with never seeing it again! // However, some people actually like being cold. (I know, it's weird.) And keep in mind that it gets to 100+ degrees in the summertime (though I, personally, love it).

2) It's a city of dreams. Being in LA is incredibly inspiring. If you have big, creative goals, then this is an awesome place for you! While growing up in small-town Michigan, people thought it was weird and ridiculous that I wanted to be a famous writer someday. Out here, it's quite the opposite! My best girlfriends are fashionable, creative, ambitious women... we constantly motivate and encourage each other. // Of course, with creative people comes ego problems. I've been blessed with the women I've met, but there are plenty of people that feel they're entitled to fame and success, and they will stomp all over anyone in their path.

3) So many people from different walks of life. The diversity in Los Angeles is amazing. You can go to a grocery store and hear three different languages being spoken in line with you! My town of 4,000 was mostly white, and I couldn't wait to get somewhere with a variety of cultures! Every time I hear someone with an accent, I wonder where they're from -- and most of the time, I ask. It's so much fun to hear different stories! And all of these ethnicities have brought their food into the city with them... Yum. // Then again, the city is so full that there are crowds everywhere. 5-lane freeways are bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours at a time, and wherever you go, there's a line.

Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? If so, it's time to move out & join me! If not, then at least come visit. You're welcome anytime. :)

17 comments:

  1. Don't temp me Stephanie!!! I'm so sick of Michigan right now all I need is this tiny nudge! >_<

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  2. So funny. I was reading this post when I saw my phone flashing because you had just commented on my post! I think that means LA is calling me...almost literally. It's still my dream trip to drive down the coast to LA and HOPEFULLY this summer the budget will make it possible. I've added it to my list for the year so now it has to happen. No excuses! XO

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  3. If I could afford it, I would love to live in LA. But to be fair, I live in Nebraska and I'd like to live just about ANYWHERE else.

    -april.

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  4. LA, LA, LA. I miss beautiful LA. I only live 2 hours away but still, Wonderful environment.

    Mary from ♥ meowwzie.blogspot.com ♥

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  5. Ahhhh... LA. I have such a love-hate relationship with this city. But then again, I have lived here a long time so while the novelty has worn off, I have still found a lot of charming elements, things that make it home.

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  6. cute!!!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love that shot of you! And if southern CA weren't so expensive and earthquake-troubled, I'd move there too! It so gorgeous.

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  8. I'm a florida girl, and I'm SICK of this hot weather. It's been in the 80s all winter! I'd love to see snow!

    I love your second 2 reasons though. Where I live is so... dull. Being unique or having big dreams around here is just "weird", and I'm pretty sure in the way of diversity, there are maybe 10 non-white kids at my school...

    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  9. I would like to swap states with Heather Belle please.

    Mama Shar in Michigan with the ice and snow

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  10. i love this. i have recently been making lists of the things i love about my city. there is no love stronger than the affair a girl has with her city. its magical.

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  11. This post could not have come at a better time. I am always a bit restless, but these past few weeks have been terrible. It's clear now that the East Coast is not for me.

    Example: Yesterday I wore a skirt, sweater tights and ankle boots and got a lot of weird looks.

    It's been almost two years since my last Cali visit, so it may be time for another one in the near future :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. I live on the East Coast and wear items similar to you all the time. Embrace the looks that come your way. Just smile at the people and they usually have a compliment ready. Also, it is good to be different. Why be a cookie cutter cutout? Fashion is about making a statement.
      But I have to say I LOVE LA!

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  12. I starting to appreciate LA more these days. Its a love/hate relationship sometimes, but in the end I. Glad I live here. It is the city of dreams.

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  13. Steph> I agree that LA is fantastic. I still hope to do a Cali tour to visit my favorite bloggers and that includes YOU! Love you much!

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  14. I currently live in MN, so I definitely know how you feel. I'm planning on making the move to LA early 2013 to pursue my dreams of becoming a writer, this article really helped solidify my decision.

    Thanks!

    Quick question: Did you find it hard to meet people once you got there? I'm a wild and crazy person -- but somewhat reserved around strangers. So yeah, perhaps some incite on the particular steps you took to meet people would be nice.

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