A Change In Plans... Again
As many of you know from my previous blog posts, Nick and I have been relentlessly searching for our first home in Salt Lake for the past year to no avail. We've worked with a couple realtors and seen over twenty homes. I've become so familiar with the inner workings of craigslist, I can spot a dud listing quicker than you can say "scam!"
By the end of this last winter, I wanted to feel sunshine on my face so badly, the thought of lying in one of those morbid tanning beds at those tanning salons that smell like pina colada air fresheners seemed like heaven. Seasonal depression may be an overstatement for me, but I just have to be true to myself and admit that I'm a warmth and sunshine person. When Nick and I aren't having our usual conversations over dinner in which we over-analyze every angle of the character development in zany t.v. comedies like Parks and Rec, we stop to ponder about our lives and if we are really fulfilling them like we always hoped we would. During one of these conversations, a tiny seed of an idea planted itself in our minds. A crazy idea. Maybe we could, by the sheer luck of being advantageously located in the heart of Hollywood, be eligible for some interesting, creative, and fulfilling opportunities. (I'm not gonna lie, the amazing weather was a high selling point for me!)
This crazy idea of considering L.A. as a place to live for awhile began to take shape after Nick and I spent some time visiting Dia and some close friends in L.A. and saw first hand, although they weren't all crazy successes YET, they were happy toiling away, because with every passing day they were working toward fulfilling their life-long dreams.
So, while Nick and I aren't tied down by any looming responsibilities in our lives, other than finding creative ways to eat and put a roof over our heads, we thought now would be a good time to try out a big city. We spent a week there over my birthday weekend with supportive family and friend's showing us the ropes and explaining all of the quirky intricacies you learn to navigate while living there. I couldn't wrap my head around everything all in one week. Nick and I spent our spare time during this vacation perusing our favorite website (craigslist!) searching for living situations that seemed manageable (at least for the short term).
One of the duplexes we checked out was owned by a retired gang leader. "He has been sober for twenty years now and even started a drug recovery home which is right across the street incidentally!" said current tenant, who works in the "adult film" industry and sells baby coconuts to Phish fans at music festivals in the summer time. Also, apparently, one or two blocks north, the neighborhood "gets REALLY dangerous, so make sure you never venture out that way." Nick and I ran to our vehicle parked out front and promptly shrieked in unison "NO!"
This whole "moving to Los Angeles as a aspiring musician in order to pursue our life long dreams" is very much up in the air at this point. I go back and forth between staying in my home town, learning how to become an excellent cook living the quiet life, moving to L.A., and perhaps becoming a water color painter on the outskirts of Italy. So, please don't hold us to this moving decision, and don't be surprised if in my next blog post I announce that we will in fact be setting up shop in Europe.
My least favorite part about moving, (aside from packing, yuck!) is the fact that so much focus and emphasis is placed on the situation at hand, that the rest of life is put on hold temporarily. Yes, it's exciting. Yes, it will be a new adventure, but I can't wait to be able to have it over and done with so I can get back to what's important, like relationships, music, and Chandler The Robot.
Speaking of Chandler, I'm working on some brand new designs. My favorite part of my jewelry business is that I can run it, design things, create things, and share things from basically anywhere on the planet. So, wherever Nick and I end up, I'll still be working on Chandler full throttle.
This CTR bracelet isn't available yet. Working out all of the details. It will also be available as a necklace and earrings too!
I just re-released a second batch of giraffe bracelets you can order HERE.
Please keep an eye out for my annual Birthday Sale that happens every year. This year it will happen this Friday, April 12th, since I was busy searching for a place to throw my boxes and suitcase on my actual birthday which was on the 3rd.