Happy anniversary, LA. To be honest, I didn’t think we’d make it this long when I first arrived. It’s raining just like it was the day I first drove into the city after days packed into my Jeep Renegade with all my stuff, my dog, and two other people. It’s been a crazy year of growth and coming to realizations that I would never have imagined on the horizon that day. I completed my graduate degree and I finished it strong, which I’m so proud of from having a history of slowing down before fully crossing the finish line.
I live somewhere different now and I’m getting ready to move again within the next couple of months. I still have my moments of questioning if I should move back east, but for now, every part of me wants to be here when I sit down and fully think of it. Michael moved in with me. I was able to visit home once and some many people came to visit me.
Moving here has made me so thankful for where I grew up, who I grew up, and who raised me. Once the majority of the Media Ventures kids headed back to wherever they call home, it hit me that I don’t have a big support group here. I have difficulty making friends when it’s short interactions like events or at bars. I’ve written about it before and it surely hasn’t changed. It has made me realize that I haven’t given up on any of the things I believe in to be better liked in LA. It’s a hard city to make friends in that are going to be there and that you fully click with if this lavish lifestyle isn’t something you are used to or have any desire to live. I want to start Justus Tickets because I want to see more diversity at shows and to see the fans that music was made for in the audience. It’s to get those fans that you see holding signs of how music saved their lives into that audience more often. It’s not about the money. Don’t get me wrong, it would be nice if it succeeds, but that isn’t what drives me for that or anything in life.
I’m working on becoming more patient, which is harder and easier in this constantly moving city. There’s one side of it that is so urgent and so nonstop, but at the same time, California has such a sense of relaxation to it. People that are willing to slow down in order to take care of themselves so they are producing the best things they can. Being patient while still working towards your goals pays off and there is no better example than Mike recently being featured in a Vice article. He impresses me every day with his balance of his job that pays him and finding time for what he would rather be paid for. Life’s different than I ever would have imagined it and even with it being different, I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another year. For now, I’m happy to call you home, LA.