Yesterday I went to the beach with my beautiful husband, well aware of the almost-below-freezing temperatures and high winds, but we felt like we had to seize the opportunity to get some sun, after weeks of endless rainstorms. We might have caught pneumonia, but it was worth it. Actually, we got a pretty nice tan. Life is so much better when you enjoy the present and seize the moment, even if you risk a little pneumonia.
We had the beach entirely to ourselves, at least we were the only topless couple there, all the fitness freaks jogging/biking were wearing thick winter coats, scarves, gloves, and Uggs. There's nothing like having the entire beach to yourself.
Vitamin D: ✔
It's all of a sudden mid-February again. I feel like February always creeps up on me, and before I've even realized it, March is already there. But this year I'm ahead of the game. Or so I'd like to think, lol.
I'm sure you're all dying to know what I've been doing since I last blogged (kidding). I actually hate how boring my life seems now, but I assure you all I'm having a ball most of the time.
I've been working on marketing/branding a very diverse group of exciting small-medium sized companies for the past few months, and so far I'm loving it. Sure, it can be a lot at times, but I'm blessed to know so many talented people in marketing and PR in Los Angeles that I feel like I almost have unlimited access to help and advice - which is truly invaluable when I'm the only one on 'my team' trying to provide my amazing clients with the best solutions possible. So far, so good.
What I have realized is that life is about learning new things, meeting new people, and putting your inner creative beast to work at full force. Combining personal life with work life actually works out great for me, but I guess living in Los Angeles makes it more of a necessity than a pain in the ass. It probably doesn't hurt that I am completely shameless when it comes to my personal life either. I love hanging out with my clients, I consider them all good friends, and I can't imagine working for someone I wouldn't want to have lunch with.
Enough about me and my start-up business, what matters is that all is well and that I'm very happy. I also just realized that I have lived in California for more than 4 years, and I don't regret a single thing, including moving here from Europe and leaving that part of my life in the past.
L.A. might seem shallow and like it's full of narcissistic assholes, and while that is totally true, I have to say that the people here have made me feel so welcome and so part of everything, to the point where I rarely think of myself as an immigrant or an outsider, except for when I'm dealing with the federal government, which I don't really do that much unless I have to.
I might be blessed with a so-called flawless American accent, but the level of acceptance and the amount of love and friendship I've experienced while living here, is just baffling and I am truly grateful for everything that has been handed to me since I came here with my life packed up in a suitcase as an insecure 21-year old in January of 2015. Happy to say that I've moved on and am happier than I've been in a long time.
Cheers everyone, here's to a fabulous 2019!
I'm Lars, born and raised in Norway, living the dream in California.