Starting to settle in to my new home in Silverlake. While this drastic life change was quite unexpected, I feel like some of the best things tend to happen when you don’t see them coming. Often times, when you need them the most. And you might not even realize it until after you take that leap, whatever it might be. Thats why I am all about risk taking.
I loved Paris (and New York, for that matter). Had no real desire to relocate to LA. Having been born and raised not far from the city, in Orange County, it always felt like a “cop out”, for some reason. Perhaps because when I have considered moving back to the West Coast in the past, it was during a rough patch. To me that felt like giving up, and if there’s one thing I’m not its a quitter, to a very stubborn degree.
But, I got a great job, a cute apartment, and for the first time in a long time it feels like things are actually falling into place. I work with inspiring, creative people at an incredible company, and am learning just how valuable establishing some structure can be. I love waking up to a private, sunny garden, having my morning routine, and going about the day in a somewhat organized manner. It’s helped me realize how frantic my lifestyle was making me, and I feel like I can finally exhale after holding my breath for years. Took me a while to get here but, who knows, maybe I’ve finally found my “happy place”.
Photos by Jonathan Mariande