How-to: Adjusting to a move

  
Hello my loves!

It has been just over a year since I moved back to sunny Southern California.. Which really hasn’t been all that sunny at the moment (winter, have you finally arrived?!). In case you didn’t know, I spent a year living in San Francisco.

  
 The city is where I feel like I really got to know myself better and grow tremendous amounts, and for this very reason it will always hold a piece of my heart. I have not been back ever since I moved, but in one short month I will be reunited with my coffee shops that I have so dearly missed!   

Living in Orange County, I can safely say that I have been to just about every coffee shop worth going to — but none compare to the ones in SF. They seem to be on just about every corner there, and there’s just something so great about them all.

I thought that as I anticipate going back, I would compile a list of what I enjoyed doing in the city and how to make the most of a move to a new place. Maybe you’ll get inspired!

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1. Do tourist things. Moving to a new city is overwhelming, so most likely you’ll try to get into a routine quickly. Make sure to take the time to see the sights that make your city what it is, there’s a reason why those places are so popular! I would bring my friends to all the popular spots everything they would visit.

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2. E-x-p-l-o-r-e!!!!! On my days off, I would hop on a bus and see a new part of the city that I had never seen before. That was something that I would have been terrified to do by myself previously, but there was something special about spending time by yourself. You get to know yourself better and learn valuable skills in independence. Not to mention, I definitely learned how to navigate around town! The app “Rover” was a lifesaver for me; it’s like a gps for public transportation. You gotta do as the locals do, and I learned to love not having to drive myself places.

  
3. Yelp. Yes, I am a huge advocate of this app. Without it, my tastebuds would not have been NEARLY as happy the last few years. I like to filter my searches by places with the most reviews, that way I know for sure that they are popular. The city had such amazing food and so many good places to try, that I really did not like going to the same place twice. I can officially label myself a foodie now. HINT: become Yelp Elite, and you’ll be able to have events to go to, meet people, AND make your tastebuds very, very happy.  

4. Free events. So many cities have websites that will actually post what the free events are. These actually end up being tons of fun, and in big cities like SF, it seemed like there were always multiple events and festivals every weekend!

I hope this helps!

Xoxo,

Lena

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The city never sleeps.Β 

   
Hello my lovelies,

Summer is now in full swing, and with summer comes this wandering bug that seems to take over and make you want to explore every cranny on this earth! I have never spent that much time in Long Beach before, but I happened to have friends there who were just the most amazing tour guides. I was surprised by how rich the culture is within this city and all the sights there are to see!     

The downtown area was hustling and bustling with people and tons of fun eateries and stores. But really though, could these flowers be set up any better?! Obsessed! 

 
And.. you know me. Whenever I go someplace new, of course I need to try a fun new coffee shop! No, I’m not too sorry for my obsession with coffee shop hopping. There’s something seriously addicting about going to coffee shops wherever I happen to be in the proximity of. In this case, the lovely Rose Park Roasters!   

 I had never heard of this spot before, but apparently Fingerprints is the scene for all you music-lovers out there! From records to books they got it all. It seemed like one of those places you could just hang out for a while at. Better yet, live music exists there every so often.

 
  
If you are going to have the honor of being around the area in the evening, going up to the skyline is a big MUST. From the glistening lights of LA to the fireworks exploding all the way at Disneyland, the view is amaze!   

Until next time..

Xoxo,

Lena