It's official: one year ago today, Toby and I arrived in sunny SoCal, a bit bedraggled and smelly from our road trip, but ultimately none the worse for wear, and ready to start our new life on the Golden Coast!

I can't believe it's already been one year. Sometimes it feels like I've lived here my whole life, and other times I feel completely overwhelmed by this city, which can be both good and bad, depending on the day. Moving out here was absolutely the number one best decision I have ever made in my life. As I've told lots of people, I had the bar set high for California, and my experience thus far has both met and exceeded my expectations. I love the weather, I love the people, I love my new friends, I love how many different places there are to explore and activities there are to experience, I love how inspired I feel all the time, and most importantly, I love the direction my life is headed. And I don't think that last one could have happened without moving out here. Don't get me wrong: Minnesota is great. But I needed a jump-start in a bad way, and our cross-country move provided me with that. Life is good. 

Side note: there was a 3.3 magnitude earthquake last night at around 3:30am, which totally woke me up and had me sitting online, jittery and unable to go back to sleep for the next hour. Toby slept through it (ten seconds into an earthquake, and Toby's still asleep?), but my eyes popped right open. I find it interesting that during our first ten months here, I felt not a single temblor, but in the past two months, I've felt four - and three of those have been while I'm in bed. This most recent one was centered just two miles from where we live, in Beverly Hills, and it felt really strong (I heard a few things smash to the floor in the apartment below us - Magda's), even though technically, it wasn't. Apparently it was a surface quake, which are often more widely felt. Earthquakes both fascinate and terrify me - kind of like the ocean. This planet of ours is a strange and wonderful place. 

Happy anniversary, LA! You're the best. 

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