State of the Move: Dos and Don’ts

  • State of the Move: Dos and Don’ts
  • It’s been almost a year since I moved to Los Angeles. My decision to relocate was primarily motivated by a dwindling faith in New York’s bright and shining sparkle and a desire to live a little “less”. I was only seeing the dirt, and hearing the noise. I needed a change. But let me tell you something: not only was this the craziest thing I have ever done in my life; it has also been the toughest transition I ever had to make. Anyone who follows my SoCal dealings on Instagram would contest the severity of my self-inflicted debacle because my days look so rosy and sunny. But after living in New York for almost two decades and being accustomed to a rigid routine of curse words and things sort of just falling into my lap, this new journey was no a walk in the park. It was damn near incendiary.Until now. It’s almost as if the outcome of the election caused a massive energy shift. For better and for worse. We’ve all been so stuck and stressed this past year. The uncertainty and ugliness kept us chained to our televisions. But I realize now why I moved, and that the struggle was not in vain. California is probably the most liberal of all the United States. It’s green; it’s tolerant; it’s soft; it’s never taken itself seriously. Granted, the people are borderline bonkers, but they’re not angry.Maybe that’s because California ranks as the 6th largest economy in the world? It went from a 26 billion deficit to such a grand surplus that Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t know what to do with all the leftover money. True story. Or maybe it’s because California just legalized recreational weed? I don’t smoke but that’s progressive, right? Or maybe it’s because it’s the first state to ban plastic bags? Bravo!! I don’t know, but for the first time since January I feel like I’m not on the verge of throwing in the towel and that the Golden State can be my new home. I still call myself a New Yorker – I will kick Cali butt any time of the day – but my nervous system has moved on to gayer places.Now, if you’re thinking of crossing the country I have a few dos and don’ts to share. First about the actual packing, shipping and shlepping. Secondly about your expectations.Before you move:Myths and Expectations:In a nutshell: If you want to move to Los Angeles, prepare yourself for some massive adjustments. Whether you succeed here or not depends on how many beatings you can take, and how much you appreciate the new life style. I love having lunch on my balcony in the sun, going for a run by the ocean at sunset, singing out loud in my car, hanging with my girlfriends in Venice and hiking in the canyon at dawn. I feel safe and at ease. Admittedly, it’s not as “exciting” as New York, but I think I’ve had enough excitement in my life. I partied my ass off in New York, met everyone, learned a lot and I’m utterly grateful for that been-there-done-that part of my existence. 2016 sucked for a lot of people, but I’m confident 2017 is going to be very interesting…. And I’m staying.Article by

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