My Experience Living In Los Angeles (So Far) - July 2017
So I've pretty much lived in LA for two months and a half (crazy how time flies yet it feels like I've been living here forever all at the same time), and I thought I would share my experience thus far with you. I really want to make the 'Life' section of my blog a place where you guys can get some insight on my life outside of beauty so we can connect on a more personal level and what better way to start than updating you of what my new life in LA is really like.
Being away from my family and the constant sheltered bubble I was in for the past two months has "adulted" me in ways that I could have never imagined before. You remember when you were growing up and your mom tells you something along the lines of "When you're older you'll understand"? Well I've been understanding a whole lot. The stress of bills, love life, career amongst many other things really does take a toll on you and you no longer have the luxury of escaping from it. I am an adult and it's something now that I have no choice but to accept.
LA is a beautiful place with an infinite amount of palm trees, sunshine and gorgeous people but it isn't exactly what it may seem like in the movies. People out here are hungry, they want to join the A-List at whatever cost and will do whatever it takes to get there. I miss being around genuine people on a consistent basis. Now don't get me wrong, I've already made friends here that I love and will appreciate for a very long time but as for the majority of the city, I haven't had the same interactions that I experienced more often back home. The one amazing thing about moving so far away from home is leaving behind all the baggage, rumors and toxic people that hung around you. It truly feels like a blank slate.
It's easy to get comfortable here.
Getting back to the beautiful weather, the sunshine can be dangerous! Everyday feels like a vacation and can get super distracting especially if you came here with a mission. I've consistently had to remind myself that I came here to grow and accomplish the dreams that I have in mind and will have in mind, not to eat breakfast burritos and sip mimosas on a Tuesday afternoon. (Not yet at least)
Money is a mechanism for control.
One thing I've truly discovered on this journey is how much money serves as a mechanism for control. Money will stress you out like nothing else and it's crazy when you put it into perspective how it really has no value. We have truly been instilled with the idea that somehow these small pieces of paper are valuable and really worth something. On a more personal note, there were times where I would just burst out crying cause I was unsure how I was going to make ends meet but somehow with a positive mindset, they always do. THINGS ALWAYS WORK OUT BUT ONLY IF YOU WANT THEM TO. I've learned to keep my happiness as the most important form of currency in my life, everything else will follow.
No one is there for you the way your family is. They've saved me quite a few times already. (Honestly, don't know where I'd be right now if it wasn't for them) And family really is who is truly there for you not just your mom, dad or siblings. My family consists of my beautiful mother Carmen, ambitious father Victor, my biggest cheerleader and sister, Zoraida, my best friend Michael and two roommates Kenneth and Kameron who I'm experiencing all of this first hand with. (They have had a fair share of seeing me cry) Be sure to cherish your family and appreciate them as much as you possibly can! There isn't anything like being 3000 miles away from most of them to teach you how much they love you.
I can feel it in my bones that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be at this very moment and this makes everything very much worth while. Stay positive regardless of what you are going through! And I will be sure to update you soon on how everything is going with my new life in LA. I appreciate you taking the time reading this!
"Live in Gratitude. When you are thankful for what you have, you are always rewarded with more."