When I lived in SF, I started a hashtag #lovenotestosf to keep all the memories and snapshots I had of the city in one place as a tribute to the city. I loved walking around taking pictures of everything, from the unique architecture to the sweeping views of green hillsides covered in eucalyptus trees. SF has a sort of European feel to it, it’s very romantic and has a sort of untouched historical beauty to it. When I moved to LA, it was very different. People don’t walk, they drive, and therefore I haven’t got as many pictures as I would like (yet) to do this city justice. There aren’t as many beautiful structures or parks, but it’s got so many things to make up for areas that it lacks. People are always asking me which city I like better, and my answer is always the same: they are so different that I cannot choose one city; I like them both for different reasons. A very safe answer, but so true.
So this brings me to list some reasons why I love living in LA, and why I’m going to carry that hashtag over to LA and start #lovenotestoLA. Side note: yes, I recently have been watching La La Land over and over again and it prompted me to write this post. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you MUST ASAP. It captures the beauty of living in a city where so many people are trying to make it in a creative field, and all the heartbreak that comes along with trying to pursue your dream. As a dreamer myself, the movie really tugged at my heartstrings.
Reasons Why I Love LA:
1. Beaches: Southern California beaches are some of the best in the United States. With water warm enough to actually go in (sorry, SF…) you can swim, surf, boogie board, snorkel, boat, you name it. I love being in a place where I can walk to the beach and experience all these activities. One of my favorite beaches in all of LA is El Matador State Beach in Malibu. I should definitely add this to my Malibu Travel Guide post I wrote a few months back!
2. Entrepreneurial Spirit: I mentioned this briefly in the introduction, but there is a plethora of people trying to pursue their dream here. There are photographers, actors, musicians, startup owners, athletes, and the list goes on. LA has bread a community of creatives that I just love. In only five months of living here, I’ve already met some really inspiring people that make me want to keep blogging every day. It’s the spirit that keeps dreams alive, and we wouldn’t have some of the most creative, inspiring people we do today if it wasn’t for this community.
3. Climate: Okay, it’s like really hot here. I came from living in freezing SF, which sometimes feels colder than Colorado winters because of all the humidity and freezing rain, so really anywhere would seem warm in comparison. I loved living in the SF in the rain, but a girl’s gotta have some sun if you know I mean. I actually got mild seasonal affective disorder when I moved to SF from Colorado (with 365 days of sunshine a year) because of low vitamin D levels. That won’t be happening any time soon in LA!
4. Driving: This may seem counterintuitive, but I enjoy driving. Mind you, not across LA every day like I was doing when I lived in Echo Park, but I like driving down the 101 and PCH blasting tunes with the wind blowing in my face. It’s quite freeing.
5. Lifestyle: Everyone is a bit more laid back here than anywhere else I have lived. I don’t know if it’s the fact that there is a party going on every night or that a lot people don’t work regular hours here (except for me), but everything starts later and people really just want to have a good time. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the summer the majority of workplaces got on board with “Summer Friday’s”, where the day ends at noon on Fridays to start the weekend earlier. Don’t get me wrong, people work crazy hard here, but they just like to have a good time while doing it.
6. Affordability: Now let me start this one off by saying that this is a relative term, LA is definitely one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. And by relative I mean relative to two other cities: SF and NY. And coming from SF, I’ve had the advantage of literally any other city being affordable in comparison. So when I moved to LA, it was still expensive as hell but I could afford more for less here.
Now that I’ve spilled some of my secrets, it’s time for you to tell me what you love about living in your own city or if you live in LA, what I’ve missed in my list!
I’ll be tagging some of my photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lovenotestoLA, so be sure to follow along!
Photos: Jordan Zobrist