OH WE’RE (over) HALFWAY THERE

Yo yo yo. As some of you may have seen, I am currently taking on Whole30. I started it the day after Christmas because Holiday food. I typically maintain a pretty heathy diet but between being home for my family Christmas and starting a new job at Cafe Gratitude (a hippy dippy vegan restaurant) I was eating all of the baked goods, vegan or not. I am blessed with a body that is EXTREMELY sensitive to sodium and grains. Meaning if I eat too much of either of those, I wake up and can’t get the rings off my fingers while simultaneously looking like I got punched in the eyeballs and can’t open them all the way. Aka I AM PUFFY. Man, is my future husband lucky. So picture that times about 2 and a half weeks plus limited activity. I was ready to get back to #health.

Since I had to spend Christmas away from my family (I went home the weekend before for my family Christmas) due to work and dancing at the Clippers game the 26th, they took it upon themselves to send me some fun little gifts in the mail so I had something to open on Christmas morning. Well they tried to send them for Christmas morning but most of them arrived well after New Years day…..you might say that procrastination runs in the family. Moving on. One of the gifts that did arrive on Christmas Day was the official Whole 30 guide book. Lit. I’ve been talking about how I wanted to try it for over a year now so I was pumped to finally have the book in my possession. I read through the info right away and started planning.

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Ok, this was bomb.

If you’re reading this like “what the f is Whole 30???” I’m about to explain a bit. More or less, its a 30 day guide of food elimination to find what they call “food freedom.” It’s designed to eliminate certain foods that may be causing cravings or weird things to be happening (like inflammation, energy crashes, acne, fatigue, etc.) in yo body. For me, I looked at it as a step beyond the Paleo diet, which I already know works extremely well for my body. Paleo basically means eating like a caveman. Anything that comes from the earth is a go minus grains, legumes and peanuts. Where Whole30 differs is that it is a strict “off-limits” type of situation that not only is great for your body, but is also designed to change the way you view food. Meaning they cut out things like honey, coconut sugar, vanilla, natural sweeteners and anything random and unnatural that you may find in your “healthy” products. Aka to do whole30 you have to get GOOD at reading labels and throw out anything that has weird stuff like xanthum gum, agave, maple syrup or any ingredient you can’t pronounce. They also don’t want you to snack, but since I’m so active, I have to. Which can be hard.

My go-to snacks for pre-rehearsal or work out downtime are raw unsalted, W30 approved nuts, Lara bars, Rx Bars, sweet bell peppers, raw veggies and my “treat” of banana and almond butter. There was one afternoon I was having a bit of a sweet tooth attack and so I heated up a Lara bar and slapped some almond butter on it. So. Good. But since the point of W30 is to train your body that it doesn’t need sweets and food rewards, I didn’t make a habit of that. I also have a hard time controlling myself when it comes to almond butter so I try not to buy it too often.

So here I am, day 17 and I’m feeling absolutely amazing. I can see more muscle definition, feel more energized, have noticed a change in my skin and am sleeping so much better. I also have not really had that difficult of a time saying no to certain foods and asking for modifications at restaurants (I do, however, feel extremely annoying and extra). I think so far the hardest part as been the honey thing. I didn’t realize how much of it I consumed until I cut it out. So many of my coffee drinks I sweetened with honey and many of the granola bars I was eating had honey as a main ingredient. Which is fine, honey isn’t the worst thing you can eat. But your body treats it as sugar.

DISCLAIMER: Whole 30 also forbids alcohol. And if you’re doing the math right, you’re like “wait a minute, that means she was on W30 during NYE and she was definitely hammered…???” YOU RIGHT! I will be revisiting W30 in the near future and doing it minus the alcohol but this time I gave myself 3 alcohol passes. One of those being New Years Eve because it’s New Years Eve and I deserve to get drunk on Champagne and run around until 4 am. I’m not a psychopath and I don’t believe in depriving myself of stuff like that (although the next day I was wishing I would have refrained).

IMG_3676For those of you that are hardcore Whole 30ers you probably hate me right now and would tell me I should have started over. Like I said I will do it with out alcohol soon. But, I wanted to change my eating post holidays ASAP. Even though I’ve given myself 3 passes, I haven’t even wanted to use the other 2 because of the way my body has been feeling. That being said, I do kind of hate how restrictive W3o is. I mean, it works for me because I love a challenge. My parents gifted me the guide, recipe book and journal so I have all the tools necessary for me to succeed. But on the flip side of it, I imagine people who 100% restrict themselves from foods they love (or alcohol that they also love) have a hard time with guilt at the end of their 30 days. Maybe I’m wrong?

IMG_9618We’ll see in the next 13 days how I’m feeling but this is what I’m planning on as of now. I don’t think I’ll be reintroducing much of the food that is “off limits” on Whole 30 once I’m finished. In fact, I probably will try to eat as close to this as I can for the rest of forever. But what I will do is let myself live. Enjoy a cocktail (or 15) with my friends, have one of the cookies at work (seriously go eat them they are insane), sweeten my latte with honey…whatever. But only from time to time because if any of those things was making me feel the way I felt before this experience, I don’t really wanna reintroduce them. There’s no point.

Not to mention, I have tried out some pretty bomb recipes throughout this process including buffalo grilled chicken and roasted cauliflower (CHECK IT OUT ABOVE HOW SEXY – and also #SAUCY – IS THAT?!)

So. In conclusion. I’m checking in at this midpoint to say I’m loving it, still alive and have not had much difficulty thus far. Which scares me cause maybe that means my W30 breakdown is coming in the next 13 days. And if that’s the case, lucky you cause you’ll get to read about it.

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Can you fall in love with someone online?

Hi guys, my name is Holly Reimer and I am addicted to Catfish: the TV show (hiiii Holly). I needed to come clean and finally say it. I recently got TV at my new place and it has TiVO!!! What is this crazy invention and why does it allow me to fuel my addiction the way it does?! Since I’m rarely ever home, I have a recurring recording schedule of the show so I can watch it whenever I find myself in front of the TV. Pathetic? Yes. Do I care? No. Currently, I have 11 episodes to catch up on. I. Am. So. Excited.

But I have some questions about these people. How on earth do you fall in love with someone you’ve never seen in real life?! Is it a thing that’s actually possible? Here’s what I’m thinking. I don’t think it can actually be love (whatever that is) because a few things happen when you have never actually seen someone in real life. For starters, you are able to imagine how they must be in real life based off of how you perceive them from the internet. So maybe you’re feeling like you’re love or whatever but, in reality it’s probably more that you’re in love with the idea of the whole thing. Which who hasn’t been there before- loving the idea of something more than the actual thing. It’s the same principle as the reason why I refuse to marry someone until I’ve lived with him for a bit first: you don’t really know someone until you spend an amount of time being inseparable because only then do you actually see their mannerisms and habits.

I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t be the only person out there who knows they look undeniably cooler on social media than they feel in real life. It’s no secret. Instagram or any sort of dating profile you maintain online is probably about 80% your “Oh my gosh this is such a cool thing I did/great photo/amazing place I’ve visited/SO my aesthetic!!!” and 20% (probably even less) “this is funny/cool/me at 7 am with no make up on.”

So here lies the problem. You’re scrolling through Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, Bumble, Tinder, Grndr, Match.com, Farmers Only, Christian Mingle and you see someones profile that looks intriguing. You start chatting and the only image you have in your head of them is this “Highlight Reel” version. Abs, world traveler, loves dogs, great with kids. What you can’t learn through the screen is that they chew really loud, breathe through their mouth, have a gambling problem and 2 girlfriends in 2 different states. What’s even worse is you can’t seem to even verify the good stuff because every time you try to FaceTime or video chat their camera is conveniently broken or the power in their apartment has gone off so the screen is pitch black. Nice, really good!!

On the flip side, of all of this it freaks me out. There are so many people out there who have had their photos used on fake profiles. It’s happened to many of my friends. The internet is such a big place, I feel like it’s nearly impossible to be 100% certain that it’s not happening to you as well. Scary. And also sad.

I may be turning into a sap, but there are definitely times when I find myself watching Catfish with a little wet thing full of feelings dripping down my cheek (lollllll). And it always comes when they are talking to the Catfisher. I spend the entire first half of the episode making the Catfish out to be this huge monster in my head, much like the victim has made them out to be this amazing person they’ve fallen in love with. Once they are finally revealed, there are a lot more layers exposed. Maybe they’ve suffered from abuse, were bullied as a child, have an illness that makes them house-bound. None of these horrible things makes their behavior excusable by any means, but my point is this all the way around: You can’t know someone fully (or love them) until you know them beyond social media.

I think this is why I’m so obsessed with this show because of this idea of people portraying themselves in a completely different way then how they are. Pretty relatable with how hugely blown up social media is in this day and age. Also, I think it’s because I am confident I would be a huge asset to Nev and Max’s investigative team because ya girl can internet creep.

But let me know! I love hearing feedback. Am I off-base? Have any of you been Catfished or fallen in love with someone you’ve never met? More importantly can you get me a job on Catfish???

 

New Years Rez must: ClassPass

As many of you may know, I get bored with things extremely easily. I think that’s pretty evident in all aspects of my life from my career path all the way down to what I eat on a daily basis (also probably why I’m still single, Grandma). No surprise here, but that also carries over into my workout routine. I #cannot stay motivated if I’m doing the same thing day after day after day. I need some variety to stay engaged and challenged. If you’re a person who doesn’t work the same way I do, then great. More power to you if you can hold yourself accountable to the same routine each day. But it’s not necessary to do the same monotonous routine to see results. In fact, it’s good to switch it up and confuse your body especially if you’re trying to stay committed to that same New Years resolution that you’ve had for the past 5 years.

Next question is how. I’ve mentioned this before, but Los Angeles is absolutely crawling with trendy workout spots (Soul Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Pure Barre, etc.). While all of those are beyond great, they also cost a pretty penny a pop (yes alliteration). For my life, it doesn’t work for me to pay 15-20 a dance class, plus that same amount (sometimes more) for fitness classes as well. For a while, I was able to take advantage of the free first classes that a lot of these places offer, but you can only change your name and cheat the system so many times before you start feeling like a cheapskate (guilty as charged). Enter ClassPass.

Basically you pay a fee upfront and have access to multiple different work out facilities and group fitness classes anywhere you want to try. This saves you from having to purchase a membership or bulk package from any one place and allows you to keep your routine fricki-fricki-fresh. You can visit the ones you love up to two times and here’s the best part: it’s only $20 for 5 classes. WHAT. Well, okay there’s a bit of a catch. It’s normally $60 a month for 5 classes (which is still a pretty great deal since it’s about $12 per class). BUT they do a deal if you get a link sent to you from a friend who also uses class pass where both you and the person who referred you gets $40 off. SO it ends up being $20 for 5 classes. And here’s the part where I shamelessly insert my code for you to sign up if you’re feelin it.

Next up: the classes I chose. It can be pretty intimidating to walk into a class and not know what to expect so here’s a little run down of the ones I ended up at.

  1. Barry’s Bootcamp

IMG_6652Let me start by saying that I am addicted. Barry’s is by far my favorite of the bunch. So much so that I used two of my five classes on Barry’s. Basically you walk into this room with super intimidating (and also motivating) red lighting filled with treadmills, weights, resistance bands and mats. Each day is focused on a different muscle group alternates between treadmill and floor exercises. The hour long, high intensity interval training is designed to not only tone muscle and promote fat loss but it also spikes your metabolism for the next 48 hours. Litttttt. So you walk in, start on the treadmill and the trainer leads you through round 1. It varies on the trainer but I would say most of the time you’re on there for around 10 minutes. Sometimes the round is more sprint based and shorter, but there are times where I’ve been on the treadmill for a full 15 minutes. Just depends. They lead you through a rotation of walks, jogs, runs and sprints by giving you 3 numbers (the first being beginner followed by intermediate and advanced) to input into the treadmill. It’s important to keep in mind that this is just a guide.

Obviously you know your body better than anyone and safety comes first and trust me you don’t want to be the person that flies off the treadmill in the middle of class. Then (if you’ve avoided getting tossed and aren’t already on the floor) you move to the floor for round one of whatever day it is: Either arms/abs, back/chest, butt/legs, just abs or full body. You move through the different rounds and exercises for a full hour and then, once you’ve made it, you crawl out of the studio feeling accomplished and motivated (and also a bit dead). THEN YOU HEAD OVER TO THE FUEL BAR. Okay this isn’t mandatory but they have a bomb smoothie selection to help replenish your body after a near 1,000 calorie burn. My favorite is the Skinny Bitch with almond butter FYI.

  1. Pure Barre

Pure_Barre_DTLA.0.0Believe it or not, this was my first time at an actual Pure Barre facility! I’ve taken barre classes in the past but this one takes the cake. One of my teammates, Tori, works at the one downtown (which is literally a few blocks away) so it’s been on my to-do list to check it out for quite some time now. So as you probably already know, Pure Barre works to target those little muscles you forget even exist through small, isometric movements. Basically what that means is that if you walked into a class and just observed, you would probably be like this looks so easy.Pure-Barre-29 Well. It’s not. It’s different from Barry’s or a cycling class because you aren’t necessarily doing much cardio in the standard Barre class (although they do offer a class that includes it). The primary focus is to tone and build long and lean muscle and OUCH. After my first class, I was sore for multiple days in places that I hadn’t been sore in since I took consistent ballet back in the day. Definitely felt good to be back at the barre getting my ass kicked by a fellow dancer.

  1. Fly Wheel

071612_20Flywheel_20Sports_20Interiors-1.0Pretty much your standard cycling class. In addition to the 239028 million things I already do, I also work at Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont. After work I had a small window between my shift and rehearsal so I popped into Fly Wheel just down the street. It’s stadium set up and the bikes are arranged in a half circle around the instructor. Where this cycling class differs from Soul Cycle (which I also love) is that each bike has a points calculator called the Torque Board. Basically it calculates how much energy you’re actually exerting and keeping track of how high you actually have your resistance turned up. At the end of the class, they show the “winners”. Okay. So. I’m extremely competitive and the idea of this was why I was interested in going in the first place. Not gonna lie, I was pretty disappointed at the end of the class when my total was higher than the number 1 spot and not displayed on the screen. I don’t know if this was a tech issue or what but this is me publicly letting everyone know that I SHOULD HAVE WON.

  1. PlateFit

THIS IS THE WEIRDEST THING THAT I’VE EVER DONE IN TERMS OF A WORK OUT. So these classes are only about 30 minutes long. Weird, right? Ok so you’re probably thinking what in the world can you possibly accomplish in 30 minutes?? Well let me start off by saying this whole work out takes place on this vibrating thing. Yes, you heard me right. It’s called a power plate and is designed to contract your muscles 30-40 times per minute. You could literally just stand on the dang thing and be toning your muscles. Crazy. The class I took was a PlateFit barre class. Lots of dance-based plies and releves. The first part of the class I wasn’t feeling it too much but that definitely did not last long. origBy the end of the abs section (during which you actually lay down on the plate), my teeth were chattering from the vibrations and I felt a bit sea sick and fatigued. I am not kidding you I felt weird for like 2 hours afterwards. I tend to get motion sick so I don’t know if that was it or what. But I felt like I got a good workout in that definitely was new to my body. I’ll definitely be back!

Okay, sweeeeeet let’s sum this up. Basically for fitness lovers and New Years resolution starters, class pass is your move. Unfortunately it’s not nationwide. BUT it is available in the locations listed here.

GET AFTER IT. And if you do try out any of these classes, I wanna hear about your experience!!

Post-Thanksgiving food coma feels

Yes, I’m still full. Full of thanksgiving food but also full of gratitude (sorry that transition was so cheesy). This was my first Thanksgiving away from my family and I decided to spend the morning a little bit differently than I had in the past. Normally my Thanksgiving starts off with some cinnamon rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. My mom is normally in the kitchen, doing all of the baking she should have done the night before, and then we roll over to our family thanksgiving a good 20 minutes late.   No worries, I still got my traditional cinnamon rolls and even enjoyed a traditional holiday feast later on in the day…but I spent my morning feeding the homeless just a few miles away from my place.

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Fellow Clippers ladies Carsyn, Mikayla, Kyla and myself

I had always seen photos and heard people tell stories about the homeless in LA- particularly in skid row, but I had never seen it in its fullest. Of course, it’s no secret that there is an overwhelming about of homeless people in Los Angeles. In fact, LA county has the largest homeless population in the country. But what’s wild to me is just how close to the high rent and lavish areas they are living. People are within blocks of each other living polar opposite lives. Someone is living in a penthouse apartment enjoying top shelf wine and online shopping for the holidays while, less than a mile away, someone is living on the street unsure of where their next meal is coming from. How can there be a lifestyle difference of that degree within the same block??

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Anyway. It’s the holidays and no matter who you are, everyone deserves to spend them with full bellies and a smile on their face. This year, I’ve been so lucky to make some incredible new friends- one of them being my fellow Clippers spirit member Kyla. She and her family organized a donations based food/clothing drive for Thanksgiving morning. We all met downtown, packed meals and care packages and headed to set up shop to start the hand outs.

img_8028Going into the morning, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Like I said, I had only ever seen photos or driven past a few tents under an overpass. Once we parked our cars and started walking around, I was stunned. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. Initially, I thought we would be volunteering at an actual homeless shelter or mission. But we took it into our own hands and set up a folding table with all of our meals (complete with dessert) on 7th and San Pedro, if I remember correctly. Not 30 seconds after we set up, we had a line of about 20 people. Most all of them expressed their extreme gratitude and even stayed to chat with us for a little bit.

I know it’s not much, but even being able to help out the people on that block alone gave me such a warm feeling along with a wake up call. I think in the past, I had been too scared to open myself up to even seeing that side of life. I preferred to live in my own little bubble, blissfully unaware that was a life that people so close to me in proximity lived. It’s so easy, especially living in LA, to get wrapped up in material things. I’m guilty of it for sure. I think we all are. Seeing this side of life gave me a whole new outlook on the lifestyle I live. A whole new level of gratitude for my upbringing and all of the blessings I have received. And finally, a whole new motivation to help in whatever way I can.  I’m so thankful for Kyla and the friends who organized and participated in this event. Thank you for reminding me just how blessed we are and what Thanksgiving is all about.

DISCLAIMER: I have not joined the pumpkin spice craze

I hope everyone rolled out of bed before I did this morning……which may or may not have been somewhere around 12:30….. What’s even better is that despite the late wake up time, I was still full from yesterday when I finally rose from the dead. Love that!!! Although I definitely had my fill of pumpkin pie, cinnamon rolls, and dump cake (which all worked together to have me feeling like an absolute slug for the 4 hours I’ve been awake), I also made room for my new favorite paleo/gluten free pumpkin and banana muffins!!! YAY.

When I was scouring the internet for something to bake for friendsgiving, I came across this recipe from Jen Eddin’s blog. I didn’t trust myself to make an actual pie and since I figured I would be stuck with some leftovers, I wanted to make something I could still eat past my Thanksgiving splurge (and boy did I splurge). Enter these delectable little guys.

I ended up doubling the recipe but it calls for the following:

  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350, start with the wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in the other, mix and fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way then bake for 20-25 minutes (highly recommend spending this time with a mimosa in hand. Probably don’t follow my lead and leave your apartment while they bake though) and VIOLA.

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They are painless to make. Actually, my biggest concern was not setting off the fire alarm in my apartment like the last time I used the oven. No, seriously. I tried to make cauliflower pizza and literally spent the entire 12 minutes of bake time fanning the smoke detector in my unit with my denim jacket. There was no smoke so I have no idea whyI was so unlucky, but I definitely got an extra arm work out for the day. img_8024-1

To my surprise, I didn’t set the place on fire and they actually went over pretty well even amongst all of the traditional Thanksgiving deserts. Friendsgiving was not only filled with amazing drinks and foods (I literally had thirds) but incredible people and hilarious games. If you have never played What Do You Meme or had Shannon’s caramel apple sangria you are doing life wrong.

I got back to my apartment feeling extremely lucky. I was even lucky enough to take some of my muffins home (score!!!). The best thing about them is that they double as a little fall breakfast treat and pair perfectly with coffee. So although I take pride in not joining the pumpkin spice bandwagon, these little guys will definitely be a new staple to my holiday season.

Must do: Solo concert

One night after moving into my new place, I had one of the top 10 favorite nights of my life. For once it did not include a group of my closest friends, some crazy vacation or a mass amount of surprises. This time it was me, one of my favorite bands and an overpriced t-shirt.

It all started with me being stuck in traffic and on my phone on the way to rehearsal, as most things do.  A song by LANY came on my Spotify and I was like wow I bet they’re great live, I’m gonna check tour dates. Magically, they were playing in LA that Friday just 2 miles away from my apartment. It was as if the stars aligned and God said “SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS!!!” If God is practically telling me to spend money, who am I to say no? When I first looked the GA tickets were only $35. So I’m thinking ‘Great, I’ll find a friend who’s down and we’ll endure the mosh-pit-like-standing-room-only seats’. Small problem. While I think my taste in music is flawless, not too many of my friends like the same stuff. And when I say not too many, I mean like 5 total friends. Try convincing people to spend money on a band they don’t even know.

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I waited until 2 hours before the concert to pull the trigger on tickets. *Ticket. And by the time I bought it, the prices had gone up. Naturally. I actually ended up getting an actual seat cause standing in the middle of 300 strangers in GA sounded like the worst thing in the world. A glass (or 2) of wine later, I was in an Uber on the way to the Wiltern. I didn’t get in until 8 pm and thought I was a full hour late. The opener hadn’t even gone on yet. So I moseyed around the theater and ended up at the bar where I ordered a Titos and tonic…..for $20 hahahaha. This had turned into a full on treat yourself evening so naturally I went to the march table next and picked up a $30 LANY tee. No buyer’s remorse.

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Dagny was the opener and, although I had never heard of them, I’m definitely a new fan. A few of my favorites were Wearing Nothing and Love you like that. I sat in between two couples (probably the way you should be listening to songs with names like that) so no, I did not meet my husband or socialize much for that matter. But it was actually a really cool experience to be a bit isolated. Literally felt like it was just me and the music. Especially when LANY finally came on.

I wish I could say I had a favorite song, or part of the night in general..but damn, the whole thing was just too good. Maybe a toss up between Herricane, Purple Teeth and ILYSB. Oooh or maybe when he broke into a cover of Harry Styles’ Sign of the Times. Regardless, they are SO incredible live and for a fellow entertainer it was pretty inspiring to hear their story. Apparently the whole thing started in an apartment just a few blocks down from the theater with a keyboard and a computer. They couldn’t even justify charging people for tickets a few years ago and now they are selling out shows. So cool.

I have this thing for boybands (WATCH THEM DANCE HERE, HOW DO YOU NOT LOVE BOYBANDS???!) so in typical Holly fashion, I left the concert practically in love with the front man (who is very much happily taken by another famous singer). Whatever.

But to conclude, take yoself on a date and go listen to your favorite band. I highly recommend adding this experience to your 20-somethings bucket list. It was awesome to enjoy the concert exactly how I wanted to, without any distractions between the performance and myself. I also was allowed to sing along as loud as I wanted without any of my friends recording me for blackmail purposes. Also a nice perk.

Year two

I’m not sure how this is physically possible, but after what have been the most lightening speed 365 days of my entire life, I’ve officially lived in Los Angeles for a year. How? Feels like just yesterday I was loading up my Kia Sorento to the brim to start on the 27 hour journey to my apartment at Academy Village, so naively excited to be an official Californian.

Fast forward to today and I could never have predicted that I would be writing this from a studio apartment in DTLA about 3 friends down and 6 jobs later. To quote old school Taylor Swift and good ole Ed Sheeran, everything has changed.

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Last you heard from me, Kelly was leaving me for the cruise ship. Update on that: she’s loving it. Although the wifi is spotty, it’s the best thing ever to get 30 second Facetimes from her, chillin’ on random islands. She told me she literally goes to bed not knowing where she’s going to wake up on. Not sure if this is because that’s the standard cruise ship life or because she sucks at reading the itinerary, but either way- what an exciting job. Kristyn is about a month in of living in Los Vegas and is thriving. She’s already had a few dance gigs out there and seems to be loving it. Annie’s Visa just ended so she’s back in Australia and currently recovering from getting her dang tonsils out (FINALLY). Seriously though, this is a big deal cause she had strep 9 times during her stay in LA. But what’s even more exciting is that she’s about to choreograph Perth’s We Will Rock You the musical!!! Jordan’s still in LA and has been side job free for several months now and is killing it with dance, videography and photography. Yay for friends doing things. Even if that means leaving me in the dust over here in LA. It’s fine. I’m fine.

After much searching around and string pulling, I finally landed the apartment of my dreams. Seriously, it’s really hard to leave the complex cause I love it so big. I’ve pretty much been wanting to have a studio apartment since I was 19 so this is major. I’ve only ever had good roommate experiences, but there’s something about coming home to your own space that just feels so good. I will say the process of moving was the funniest thing ever. Obviously I don’t own a truck and am not the most skilled at moving a full size bed 30 minutes down the freeway, so I hired movers. Very strange experience for me cause I’m the worst at sitting back and letting other people take the wheel. I had an interview right after the move was scheduled, so I’m like ‘great, I’ll dress up and then I won’t be as tempted to try to help the movers!!’ Wrong. They had to tell me to (kindly) back off like 5 times. I felt like a Beverly Hills housewife sitting on my counter on the phone in my heels telling them where to unload things. After a hefty target run and a large order from Urban’s home decor section, it’s starting to feel a little bit more like home. AND I HAVE TV NOW. Have yet to turn it on but COOL!! Once everything arrives and I finally unpack all of my boxes, I’ll do a little post on my bachelorette pad.

Clippers has been keeping me pretty busy with the craziness of basketball season. But I really do love it. Performing at the Staples center is a dream and the team is made up of so many incredible women. I feel like I’ve known for much longer than a few months. Between that, my current side job, the job search, class, auditions and my newly rejuvenated love for fitness I can’t say I’ve had a lot of downtime. I guess for those of you that know me, this is no shocker. I’m the absolute worst at downtime. Which is why it’s been ages since you’ve heard from me. I must say, it feels great to write again and (even though I’ve said this in probably every post I’ve put out there in the past year) I’m pretty set on getting a consistent posting schedule going. So get ready for a little bit of post overload (I’m sure at least my family is happy to hear this).

Okay yay. I think that oughta do it for now. Bring on year two!!