I love Los Angeles! Weird hearing me saying that if you know me right? That’s because my first trip, which took place in Hollyweird, left me with the impression that LA was ruthlessly hot due to the major lack of vegetation, people painted their lawns green (um excuse me), there’s evidence of poverty everywhere and there’s way too many tourists and wackjob con artists. After that trip I proceeded to judge all of LA for that experience. I’ve always been the kind of person that can get jaded by a person or place really quickly because of my narrow perspective. Taurus = stability & stubborn = clings to ideas & habits. Usually if I don’t like something the first time, I’m like “now it sucks forever”! Sounds pretty silly but that’s just who I’ve always been :)
Lately, though, I have been softening up to the idea of recognizing that sometimes situations (and people) aren’t always as beautiful as they have the potential to be, because the world isn't perfect, and that being softer and more understanding to the universe when it shows me the ugliest parts of its soul is the path that offers me the most satisfaction and growth.
So I booked this Weekend Trip of Creation so that I could do a photoshoot with a photographer whose art I'd been admiring for a long time, act in my friends short film and form an actual face-to-face relationship with a special dark coy musician I chummed up with behind a small glass screen on Instagram. (By the way tell me I’m not the only person in the world who makes a bunch of neat friends from around the world on Insty and fervently plans to visit with them one day? There's some talented hotties and intellects out there just waiting to be befriended)
Needless to say it was an I N C R E D I B L E decision!
I fell in love with LA because this time I met so many interesting and artistically inclined human beings who all shared a common trait: they all took a risk to move out there to follow some sort of creative endeavor/self-fulfilling dream! I’m such a sucker for romantic notions, and after being touched by so many special people and seeing the mountains and beaches captured in broad daylight it gave me such an inner glow.
This trip taught me a lot about the power of perspective. I’ve been understanding lately how important it is to continue living spontaneously and with an an open mind, pushing the boundaries of safety I have been conditioned to build in my mind over the years. I've learned that the purest and rarest moments derive from spontaneity. But for my own personal growth, tolerance and flexibility are assets that are best left for me to continue to nurture.
Thank you LA experience no. 2! Much love XOXO
All photos are raw images
Top: Pac Sun
Pants: Fashion Nova