I’ve spent the last couple of years adventuring. For someone who had resided in the same place for 7 years, this was quite a change for me. I lived in West Hollywood and really didn’t leave my little bubble. Once I broke free from it, my entire world began to change. I began to explore other areas of the city and really began to understand why everyone considers Los Angeles to be so amazing. It’s the diversity! Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Within a few miles of each other you can find everything from Dim Sum in China Town to dinner on top the Ritz Carlton at Wolfgang Pucks WP24. While you’re downtown you can check out Olvera street for the most authentic Mexican Food in the city and then hop on the freeway for 20 minutes and you’re on the Santa Monica pier at The Lobster. Head down to the Pico-Robertson area to find some REAL matzoh ball soup and over 30 kosher restaurants. I could go on and on and I’ve only named a FEW. Every area of Los Angeles has something its famous for or something that makes it special. Learning and exploring all of this should be the requirement of a Los Angeles resident (:
People around me began to question my exploring and they wondered “WHY”. Some people even asked me point-blank, “why would you want to explore?” This served as yet another indication that it truly was time to broaden my horizons. If we have one life to live, why wouldn’t we want to see as much of this world as possible? Traveling abroad isn’t always an option but at the very LEAST get out and see your own city!
Today I’ve landed in Venice Beach, CA. The funny thing is, my first adult trip to LA without being accompanied by my parents and going to Disneyland…was to Venice. With my long time girlfriend and high school buddy Michelle, Venice Beach was our destination. Michelle and I stayed in a little motor lodge across the street from what is currently one of the best restaurants in Venice “Scopa”. I cant help but to glance out the front window of Scopa and be instantly taken back to those very virgin times. Without really knowing anyone and not much of a plan, my quick trip to Los Angeles was about to become my permanent stay. My very first Venice Beach breakfast was at The Firehouse Cafe right on Rose Avenue. It’s still there and has now become a Venice landmark. I stood outside of the Firehouse yesterday on my stroll down to the beach. I was completely taken aback by the fact that I’d made a complete circle in my life. Although I’m a completely different person today than I was that first visit, my heart is still the same and I can still feel the magic of this amazing city. Under it all I’m still that down to earth Northern California girl who just wants to laugh (and enjoy good food). On that note, you’ll can be sure to find healthy options on the Firehouse “Body Builder” menu.
Shortly after that trip I moved to Los Angeles, Brentwood to be exact. I sometimes wonder how my life could have been different if I would have stayed in Brentwood instead of moving to West Hollywood. Brentwood vs West Hollywood? The two are so close in proximity and yet couldn’t be more different. Again an attestation to this city’s true diversity. To a 19-year-old girl, Brentwood was lovely but the REAL action just wasn’t in Brentwood and THAT’S a story for a different day (;
Life moves fast but its been these little moments of realization that do seem to define me. It’s so important to explore new areas and meet new people. It’s great for business and its great for the soul! Being stuck in one neighborhood, one scene, or one group of friends can leave you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled. Other than being really fun, whats the true purpose of my exploration? I seem to be wandering but I sure don’t feel lost! How can I share all of this with others? I guess we shall see…
The Branching Beauty TEAM is growing and packing up! Venice Beach here we come! Please sign up on the email list for notifications of new articles. Once I complete my 50th post I’ll be officially launching this site! Thank you for your continued support and I hope your curiosity will keep you coming back! (;
To be successful has different meaning for all of us. Personally a successful life means to be successful in all areas, not just business. While success in business is part of it for me, and I’ll be honest it’s very important to me but it’s not everything. Without balance in all areas of my life, success in business will not fulfill me. My own mind and body simply will not allow it.
What does it take to be successful in all areas of life? Well if it starts with each and every one of us singularly, then success must mean to maintain a healthy Mind, Body, and Soul. Unfortunately I can’t encompass this entire formula in one single article but I can touch on it. I’m speaking of a process and this process can last a lifetime. I certainly don’t have all of the answers and that’s why its important for me to reach out to others in all categories. I can however, share what I’ve personally learned from other people, from my own research, and from my own life experience. The pursuit of a healthy Mind ,Body and Soul will never be complete for me and that’s the beauty of this journey. This pursuit gives us all the challenge and opportunity to constantly learn and evolve as human beings. By doing so we are also contributing to the entire collective consciousness of mankind. That’s no small task!
With each step I take in the direction of building a better life, I’ll take notes. I’ll take notes and I’ll share notes. Within each lesson there’s a story to share and with each story there’s a message to be passed on.
Thanks for reading.
As I sit in my window writing this, just to my left over the freeway are the Burbank Mountains up in flames. I’m currently living near the Hollywood Bowl and despite of the noise and traffic, I’m happy. I remind myself constantly that the traffic jams and city bustle are that of a “New York” feel and that white noise sound of the freeway… to me it sounds like the ocean.
A brush fire exploded to 8,000 acres yesterday while prompting mandatory evacuations in Burbank, Glendale and Sunland-Tujunga, just next to my residence is what officials all calling to be the largest blaze by acreage in Los Angeles city history.
I sit quietly today on this Labor Day Saturday, thankful to not have to evacuate and avoiding the inhalation of smoke. I’m seeing to it that my dog Louie is safe and cool and the AC is working properly since Lou is 11 years old and yesterday the temperate in LA reached a high of 107 degrees. What better time to write a post?
I have a nice cool and dry place to relax, I’m lucky. While watching the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey this past week, I do realize not all are as fortunate as I. Not to scare you off with any mumbo jumbo but if the fact that Mercury is in retrograde means anything to you, just hold on a few more days…it ends on September 5th.
I happily welcome the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. In fact I’m getting cozy just thinking about it! Everyone seems to be a huge fan of Summer but personally I’m a Fall/Winter person. In a city like LA, it never really freezes or gets too cold. Our Fall climate is probably comparable to that of Summer weather in many other cities. For me, Summer means rushing to and from work in the heat, not feeling my best because I’m sweating. It means cranking up the air conditioner instead of enjoying the open windows and a nice fresh breeze. It means my little dog Lou needs to be walked on the grass and not the concrete so that his paws don’t get too hot. With that being said, I anticipate the end of summer while it makes most people sad. This weekend being Labor Day Weekend makes me happy since I know what I’ve got coming and what to look forward to. I anticipate the end of this heat and I anticipate some really exciting career opportunities. I’m finally focusing on my passions and what I truly love most in life! With this dairy, I will continue to share all of this with you. Career wise it’s all coming together. I am however, a work in progress and I’m not perfect. The realization of this has inspired me to hire a life coach. I start sessions soon and I couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter in my life. On that note, bring on the cool weather! Bring on the boots, the scarves, and fuzzy sweaters! I’m ready!
Having an entrepreneurial goal while working full-time is challenging. I’ve been procrastinating on the launch of this site for quite some time. Fear that it wouldn’t be perfect or fear that someone would copy my ideas. As far as copying my ideas, I’ve had a few experiences with imposters. At first it was very frustrating and I took it personally. How could they steal my ideas? I trusted them! I soon learned that we all borrow and gather inspiration from each other. Its human nature and it’s a very beautiful thing! My way of thinking has now changed and I’ve realized that if I can inspire or help someone with my own knowledge or life experience then I’m doing my part in giving back to the world. Once I changed my way of thinking I no longer had any fear of being duplicated because I’ve realized that it’s not about a business idea, it’s about the person behind that idea. To be an entrepreneur means you’ve got the ability or can acquire the ability to adapt to change. You must be able to roll through the challenges and come out the other side with a fresh new idea or concept. Combine these efforts with the willingness and drive to execute your plans and your on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.