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. :)