It's been almost 3 months since my last post, I'm sorry about that. Life has been nutty, but in a good way.
I'm still in Los Angeles, and actually loving it. I have a new job serving at a super fun restaurant. Absolutely love my co-workers which makes for fun shifts. I'm currently enrolled in a class that hopefully will help push me in the right direction for what I hope to do next in life. And hopefully it will help turn around a little more income...one can only hope.
I'm heading home for Christmas in less than two weeks and will be home for just over a week. Cannot wait to see everyone again. I was just home about a month ago for a surprise visit, it was amazing. Definitely needed, and definitely surprised the family. I cannot wait to help Owen and Cole (beautiful nephews!) open their presents, especially because it's Cole's first Christmas!
Friends far away from me seem to be doing well. Mere is heading to Kenya to volunteer for two months starting in February and I am more than excited for her. There are no words to describe how proud I am of her making this huge leap and going for what she has wanted to do for so long. Friend is still in NYC getting back on her feet, and as the same for Mere, I am so incredibly proud of her. She's doing it for herself, making it work, and figuring life out on her own. Abby is kickin' it in Madison but is looking ahead to Grad School in London for next fall, so fun!
I will try to update when I'm home on all the happenings. Much love to all,
So, there has been a slight change in plans since the last post. I'm actually going to stick around Los Angeles for a bit instead of go directly back to the Midwest. Don't get me wrong...I'm totally pumped to move back and get my life started there. But, first, there are some things that need to be taken care of and tried here.
I'm kind of at one of the crossroads in life where you decide to go left or right. Left is following life and dreams and the unknown and right is following a set path of the known, full of comfort and familiar. I choose left.
I want to live right now, just for me, for no one else. That doesn't mean that the living I want to do doesn't involve being back in the Midwest, it most certainly does. But that chapter is yet to be written and I believe that there is one more large chapter in my life that needs to happen first. And it needs to happen here in Los Angeles.
My Job will be ending around the last week in October and I will be moving in with a friend of mine for some time until I find a good serving job that will make me comfortable in my living situation and maybe allow me to save some money (crazy thought!). From there I will see where the wind will take me. My friend has already asked me to be in a short film that he is filming in a couple of months so that will be really great to be a part of. I am also going to get back into volunteering, and get back on the road to marathon training. It's been a while since I've thought about that and I think it's about time.
So, never fear loved ones, I will be home soon enough but I need to take care of some business here first. I love you all so much, and thank you for your continuous support as I pursue my dreams in this entirely nutty world we live in.
I've spent the last few months trying to figure out where I want to be at this point in my life, who I want to be surrounding myself with, and where I want to go. This last month, especially, I have devoted to putting the pieces together that have somehow fallen apart in the last year of my life. They seem to be relatively put back together, but not quite. The last piece won't be set in place until I find myself in the company of my friends and family at home, where I will stay.
None of this is to mean that I have not had an amazing experience here in Los Angeles this last year. Everything that I have been able to do and see associated with my wonderful job and the city of Los Angeles itself has been absolutely remarkable. I would never trade this last year for anything.
I told my bosses last Friday that I would be leaving them in two months time. They couldn't have reacted more wonderfully. They had been worried about me getting lonely in the job, and I had been lonely, and knew that with my personality that it probably wouldn't be the right fit for a long term job. They were right. I love them so much, and their children, and I am really excited to stay friends with them forever. But, my life here has not evolved into what I would've pictured myself in at this point in time. I am not the person I want to be, and as much as I've tried to be that person here, it just hasn't happened. I can't find the girl I once was here in this city. She doesn't belong here.
My decisions have taken me to living in Chicago come November/December. Of course, with the job market the way it is, I'm hoping to even get a serving job let alone a 'real' job. Regardless, I am so ready to be in that city. I have loved Chicago for a long time and am so excited to move there.
Bah! Bob just got here for a walk, I will elaborate further soon! Much love,
Beautiful Martha's Vineyard. There really is no other place like it. Every where you look it seems as though you are looking at pictures in a calendar. It's that beautiful.
I've been here since a week ago last Thursday and will be leaving on Saturday to go spend some time with my family in Madison. Cannot wait for that. It was really great having my mom out here with me this last week, she made it not as lonely. It can feel a little isolating at times here, only because the simple conveniences we are used to aren't right down the street. They're a half an hour trek across the island, and usually they are hard to find.
The island almost has a feeling of stepping back in time. No fast food restaurants, no chains. People drive slow and let pedestrians have the right of way. Everything moves at the 'vineyard' pace. Which can be an incredible escape from Los Angeles, where it is the exact opposite. But, I guess I'm looking for something kind of in the middle. Big city meets old world charm. Does it exist? If so, please let me know where!
Three of my girlfriends and I have started a book club via iChat. We just started reading Julie and Julia (most of you know it as the movie coming out soon with Meryl Streep) and had our first web chat last night, or should I say our first meeting. It was wonderful! It has been really great to be able to see their faces on an almost daily basis. Makes home and friends not feel so far away. Thank you technology for making that possible.
For now I will just say that I am trying to enjoy the peace and quiet as much as I can. Soak it in. I know next week at home will be hustle and bustle and then LA will be 500 times that. I hope everyone is doing lovely, and I hope to talk/see all of you very soon!
Another year totally flew by. Where is time going?!
This last year has been kind of amazing, oh yes, it's had it's ups and downs, but all in all a great year. My job has been keeping me busy and it's still as cool as ever. I'm currently in Martha's Vineyard watching the doggies while my bosses are back in LA for some work. After being here for two weeks I will set out for Madison where I get to meet my new nephew, Cole Patrick Preimesberger. Cannot wait!
It's a little strange to think that I've been living in Los Angeles for over a year. Who would've thought, eh? The little girl who once had big dreams of Los Angeles or New York City finally made it out to one of them, successfully, not the starving artist she always thought she would be. Oh how times have changed. Life is funny like that, you really never know how things will turn out.
Sorry to be brief, but I gotta go enjoy my birthday down in Vineyard Haven, a cute little town on the coast where you can find the neatest bookstore, the creamiest ice cream and the best sunsets on the island.
This blog has many pursposes.
One is to spread the knowledge that I gain through both of my certification courses I will be taking this next year: ACE Fitness Personal Training Certification and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Certification. I want to share what I learn so that others may embark on their own health and wellness journeys. If I can assist in those journeys in any way, I will consider it a great accomplishment.
Two is to make sure that I am continually challenging myself to be a better person, inside and out. I am planning for this blog to keep me in tune and in check with my goals and ambitions. I want it to hold me accountable to practice what I preach and to be honest about the realities of leading a healthy lifestyle in this day in age. Our society does nothing to inhibit health.
Three is to have fun with health! Being healthy is so much fun, and I want everyone to get in on the party!