I'm definitely a SoCal girl through and through but after the break-up, the healing and the perspective that followed, I knew it was time for a change. I have been spending a ton of time up in LA as of late, probably because two of my favorite humans, Vicki and Moray, are getting married next month so there has been lots of wedding prep, events and festivities. Spending all that time in LA, I knew one thing was for sure... I FUCKING MISSED IT. I missed being able to go to our usual spots, Twain's and Spitting Chicken (both of which no longer exist but... you know what I mean) or go out and grab a drink at the Hudson or EP/LP.
For the past month, I've been hustling. Researching potential jobs, phone interviewing any moment I could and make the drive back and forth to LA to interview in person. Last Friday, I got a call that my hustle had paid off. I got a job! And not just any job, the one I really wanted out of the ones I interviewed for. I wanted this job more than I actually wanted to be back in LA. The people were great, the company sounded amazing and I felt like this is a place where I could really grow professionally. It was a month ago, when I was at Theresa's with Vic, Cait and Michelle and then and there over our sangria, I decided I'm moving back. I willed it and I made it happen.
I ran into Evelyn of Everything Evelyn last week at a blog event and she said the sweetest and spot on thing to me. "Jen, this break up has done wonders for you. You look amazing!" For those of you who are lucky enough to know Evelyn, you know she's one of the most kind-hearted people who just infects you with her positivity. It honestly just radiates from her. But when she said that to me, it clicked. I am back! I'm on top of the world, I'm on top of my game. Not only do I look amazing, I feel amazing. I feel like the me I was pre-CS, only better. I feel stronger and more resilient. I feel extremely capable of conquering this new chapter in my life. I honestly cannot wait to get my butt back to LA and see what I can make happen.
Of course, I'll miss Orange County. These past two and a half years being home in picture perfect OC, I achieved more than I ever thought possible. I launched my blog (and kept at it... if I'm being honest this blog is my 5th attempt at blogging), I created a small business with my best friend Amanda, I got closer than close with my high school best friends, I made new friendships that carried me through the rough times, I loved and I lost and I found a career for myself. I really became an adult being back home. It's crazy how the one place I tried to escape growing up, was the place that ended up giving me perspective. But it's time for me to blow this popsicle stand...
LA, I hope you're ready for me. We meet again.