On August 1st, 2016, I moved from Los Angeles, California to Newport, Oregon. The difference between the two is like night and day. But I am not going to list these differences for you. And far be it from me to romanticize either/or when both have their strengths and weaknesses.
I will say, that I have had my fill of Los Angeles and California in general. To my friends that still commute through it’s streets and are successful (or not) at doing so, I wish you the best of luck.
But California is no longer a state for lollygaggers like me, who (besides lollgagging) have not been the best at following trends, scoring gigs or caring anymore to do so. I simply want to live without complication, and LA is a city filled to the brim with it. Beautiful, painful complications. (And very good food…)
I’m not bitter, but I’m done. I can work on what I really WANT to work on REMOTELY. I am not a stranger to picking up and moving on. In truth I have never felt at home in one city.
My current state of mind is a cross between relief and anxiousness. At the moment I am basically couch surfing as I take my next steps in my life. And in Newport, the possibilities regarding employment are far less positive.
But there’s the ocean, and the beach (three blocks away from me), and the possibilities that come from starting life again in a new town or city. I have also noticed I no longer have nagging respiratory issues. Quite literally I can breathe again. My overall health has improved and that has helped with the transition immensely.
So while I’m here in Newport, however long that may be, I’m going to make the most of it. And I have to decide…school? Continue Massage therapy training AND School? Massage Therapy, Writing and School and EMT training?
The library here in Newport has been my second home since I’ve arrived. The best way to describe it? Quiet, well stocked, cute…and they’re open EVERYDAY, most days until 9pm. As I look for work, and prepare myself for the months ahead, you can find me in here wrestling with my laptop on any given day.
And blogging about stuff that’s happening to me? More writing, art and ‘stuff’? I think the blogging part will be essential. I have A LOT on my mind these days.
Here’s to the future…