Growing Up

Beach

I’m home in LA for a week. By the beach. I’ve missed it.

I’m here visiting family. I probably won’t be able to make it back for Thanksgiving, and since I am going to Haiti the day after Christmas, I probably won’t be able to go home for Christmas either.

Every time I come to LA, I am reminded why I love and miss this place.

I miss my family. I miss the friends I have here. I miss the beach. I miss a Trader Joe’s that doesn’t look like it’s been ravaged by hyenas.

In addition to playing catch up with everything I’ve missed in LA, I am distanced enough from NYC to give cause for some reflection. In the past few months I’ve been trying to overhaul my health, but I see I need to overhaul other areas of my life: mainly my career, finances, and friendships. I have my priorities out of order when it comes to these things, and I need to get them in the right order. In some ways I treat these ares of my life immaturely and in order to get myself to the next level, I know I’ll need to work on these areas.

The next few months are going to be pretty intense and there is going to be a lot of change in my life. Most of it has to do with my getting old (almost 30!), but also my desire to mature and….grow up.

A Tale of Two Cities

Today is my last day in LA, and I must admit I’m a bit sad about it. Since I have been here (since November!) I accumulated a little life. I first came here just for the holiday season, that rolled into going to the GRAMMYs, which rolled into seeing my doctor, going upstate to see my college BFF, and that finally rolled into going to SXSW. And here we are. I have to pack up all my things, ship some things back to NYC (finally, I’m able to pull my Wii from the hard cold hands of my little brother!) and get going.

It’s tough.

I thought I was mentally and emotionally prepared to go until it came time to pack up my things. Now it’s like that time I moved to NYC last year: I know I’ll be coming back to LA, but I don’t know when?

It’s not as if I’m not looking forward to living in NYC. I miss my friends, I miss the City, I miss my roommate, I miss my bed. But I know when I get to NYC I’ll look back at LA and I’ll miss my car, I’ll miss my family, I’ll miss the beach weather, I’ll miss all the clean and orderly Target stores.

I just feel a bit torn, and I guess living bicoastally has me feeling torn, constantly. Cue Natalie Imbruglia.

No sense in dwelling on it though. Just gotta do it and see what happens next!

Oh yeah, that's right. I'm doing me.

Sooo. I’ve been in LA since like, November. I guess I wasn’t kidding when I said I was thinking about hiding from winter on the east coast. I guess I also wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to live bi-coastally.

Strange how things I halfway joke about come to pass, effortlessly. Like, Moving to NYC last year? I just happened to mention to someone that I was thinking about it and next thing I know, I’m being flown to NYC to check out an apartment. Somebody flew me out to NYC to look at an apartment. And voila. I’ve got an apartment in The City.

I need to will some super awesome stuff into the atmosphere, on purpose, and see what happens.

Moving right along.

It’s my last week in LA for quite some time. I’ve been here since November, save ten days in January when I went back to pick up my mail, see a Broadway play with my aceboon, and say hello to my roommate and my doormen. I’ll be going to SXSW this weekend (more on that later), and then after that I will be making my way back to NYC. I hope the weather is nice when I get back because I don’t wanna see any Snowpacalypses or Snowmageddons (or however you spell them).

Since I’m leaving this week, I’m scrambling to see all my LA friends and clients because once the weather gets nice in NY, I won’t want to leave. I’m amazed by how freaking awesome NYC is when the weather is nice, and how much you miss it when the weather isn’t so nice. I am looking forward to seeing all my NYC friends again, and my line sister will be interning in NYC for the summer. I am also cooking up some personal and professional milestones this season. It will be fun times all around.

Can I tell you how much I love my sorors? I was at a meetup last week and happened to meet a young lady and she turned out to be my soror (and my sands) and now I have a new BFF in LA. Well, okay, BFF is strong, but she’s definitely really cool, a kindred spirit, and I love her and I told her to come visit me in NYC ANYTIME. /end random cheesiness.

There was a time in my life where writing a blog post a day was a bare minimum. These days, not so much. This was just a checkin post because I said I would blog more. I’ve pretty much been working, enjoying LA, and being me. Client work has been flowing, and I am trying to fix up all my websites so I can feel more organized. I do so much work for my clients, and rarely do I do the same things for myself and my own projects. Hopefully I will have some cool updates on this shortly.

Follow Me At The GRAMMYs!

GRAMMY_AdLOGO.JPGThe time has finally come–GRAMMY festivities are in full swing for me and my fellow Community Blogging comrades. My schedule is about to get pretty crazy between now and Sunday night. I just wanted to invite you all to follow me on Twitter as I cover some GRAMMY events (official and unofficial) this weekend. Some events I will attending:

  • The GRAMMY Foundation’s 12th
    Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer as the keynote speaker
  • Social Media Rock Star Summit: a panel featuring Jared Leto, David Karp, Kevin Rose, Pete Cashmore moderated by Rick Sanchez at the GRAMMY museum
  • Rehearsals at the Staples Center
  • Pre-telecast Ceremony at the Staples Center
  • The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (I’ll either be in the audience or backstage!)
  • The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards After Party

I’ll be at some other events and receptions thrown in between there. I’ll definitely be tweeting and blogging, among other things between now and Sunday night. As always, you can follow the official GRAMMY Twitter stream at @TheGRAMMYs for the latest info.

Make sure you watch the GRAMMYs Live on CBS this Sunday, January 31st at 8 PM.

Lastly, check out this list of other GRAMMY Community Bloggers I stole from Fave’s blog (love you Fave!):

Community Bloggers

Arjan Writes (Pop)* [Website] [Twitter]
HardRockChick (Rock & Alternative)* [Website] [Twitter]
MissMusicNerd (Classical)* [Website] [Twitter]
SoulBounce (Blog-at-Large)* [Website] [Twitter]
LIz Burr (Blog-at-Large)* [Website] [Twitter]
Dance Blogga (Dance)* [Website] [Twitter]
Folk-Blog (Folk) [Website] [Twitter]
MrFresh (Jazz) [Website] [Twitter]
EJ Flavors (R&B) [Website] [Twitter]
Macedonia (World) [Website] [Twitter]
DarrenKeith (Gospel) [Website] [Twitter]

*will be tweeting from L.A. this weekend

Check out their blogs and twitter streams for more info on what’s going on with The GRAMMYs too!