One Month in Los Angeles
I've been living in Los Angeles for just over a month after my move from Boston, and here's how I'm feeling.
To be honest, I haven't been feeling great. I've been feeling vulnerable, alone, tired, and exhausted. I opened up briefly on my Instagram story one night about this, after getting several messages from friends and followers after seeing a few photos on Instagram about how happy I looked. But like with most things, there's more going on behind these photos that you only get a surface view of.
Here's what you see: Jacqueline eating healthy foods, going to trendy coffee shops, posing in front of cool walls.
Here's what you don't see: Jacqueline crying while she talks on the phone with her long distance boyfriend, not having a fully furnished space, not exercising and spending a lot of time alone.
This isn't to say I'm not happy with my choice to move. I really do love Los Angeles and most days are filled with at least one new and exciting adventure. My apartment is beautiful, my roommates are two of my closest friends, the weather is great, and I've been able to reconnect with people that live out here that I know, and make connections with new people too. But, if I could, I definitely would have changed a few things about my move if I had known what the last month would hold.
I didn't move out here for a job opportunity, I did it because I wanted to and I can largely do my job from anywhere, and Los Angeles holds far more opportunities than Boston does for me at this time. I still wholeheartedly believe that this was the right choice and I know the adjustment period will continue to pass with time and as I become busier with work opportunities and feel more settled in my unfurnished room.
My whole life I was [and still am] a total "East Coast girl." Take that stereotype as you will, but you can imagine after living in two of the Northeast's biggest cities for the first 22 years of my life and then switching to a totally new and even bigger city, the vibe and the people are a little different.
Posts coming soon on Internet fakeness and long distance relationships. A cross-country move post will be published on another site and linked here when it's live. Until then, follow along on Instagram and Instagram stories for a continued highly curated look at my life out here.