“LA is a beautiful hustle” is a quote that strums through my head quite often in this city where everyone is multi-talented or becomes multi-talented through the connection and vibrancy of living in a city. Perhaps, the ‘hustle’ is to survive, but the ‘hustle’ often comes from a place of inner strength, curiosity, and creativeness to follows ones’ dreams or latent passions.
Living in LA is where I have felt most alive. Actually I have felt more alive in the last seven years here, than I have in more than double the years on the east coast. I wonder if this is due to my older age and the fact that I appreciate life, nature, and my breath so much more, OR is it due to the fact I have experienced more sunsets in 6 months in LA than I witnessed in 10 years prior. I can ‘live’ outside all yearlong. Not only do the nature escapes just a hop, skip, and jump from the city keep me Zen-peaceful, but the dynamic city energy buzz makes me feel alive.
I also wonder if the work til you die mentality that I grew up with is the best notion of the way to live life. Isn’t life suppose to be about enjoyment? I completely respect and admire people who work hard, but life in DC and NY became about who can work til 8 or longer every night. Sleeping on your office couch to do it all over again the next morning was a tale I didn’t want to live. What kind of life do you have when you never come home to your family or even go outside?
Many of us in LA grew up elsewhere, and sure, we have fleeting moments of wanting a snow day off, or missing the smell of a fire burning mixed with crisp chill air, or even seeing the fluttering colorful hues of falling leaves, but then we quickly snap back to our LA reality, thanks to the birds chirping outside our windows as the sunlight streams through our blinds…..every day.
Our 2015 LA LOVE tales round-up concludes with more thoughtful responses. Thank you to all who shared your stories. Now, why do YOU adore LA?
LOVE STORY: Part Four
I love LA because this town is a million different hip “towns” in one. We have everything NYC has plus the most amazing weather. But best of all, I love my little “town” West 3rd Street where all the store owners know each other and all my neighbors meet up at our local haunts. I get the small town feel of knowing people on the street and the big town feel of discovering new restaurants, artists and music throughout all the far corners of Los Angeles.
Having also lived in Chicago and New York while traveling extensively throughout the world, I always find myself gravitating to big cities: the energy, the diversity, the endless choices and possibilities. LA has all of that in spades. It’s a place where people come from all over the world to make something happen, because they dreamed of more than the place they left could offer. Hardly anyone moves here to retire anymore- the sheer cost of living prevents it for all but the mega-rich. You want to sit in the sun, live on the cheap and not work? Take that talk to Florida, Arizona, or Vegas, my friend. Slackers get chewed up and spit out here. The constant influx of young, ambitious, hungry people keeps LA vibrant and moving forward. It creates new art, new cuisines, and new business ideas. People come here to leave behind what was holding them back, and LA takes them all in and says, “Great- let’s see what you got.”
And best of all, it does it without snow or mosquitoes.
Being an Angeleno I think my perspective on why I love LA may be a bit shocking, but it’s why I’ve stayed so long! I love LA because LA is for everyone. LA has an eclectic balance of people who love the great outdoors, the beaches, museums, the glitz of Hollywood, restaurateurs, hipsters, music lovers, you name it. You can drive two hours to ski, you can jump in a convertible and sail around Malibu, or go wine tasting in Temecula. And most importantly, no matter what you love about LA, no matter what you do in LA, or where you have found your crowd in LA -we all come together at the end of the day to watch the incredible sunsets that remind us daily how lucky we are to live in LA.
– Robyn Deutsch, Senior Account Manager, Angeleno Magazine, Modern Luxury
Twelve years ago I landed on the homeland of fitness, Los Angeles. I moved to pursue my profession in the fitness and fashion world. Los Angeles definitely welcomed me with open arms and a ray of sunshine everyday. I love the balance of LA vs other major cities. You can be as busy socially as you want, or relax and chill. Creating a path for career, friendships and social oppurtunies, I have enjoyed the “Lovely of LA.”
– Grace Lazenby, Creator of Rockin Models Workout at Equinox Fitness
You realize how lucky you are to live in LA when you are sitting at the airport gate, returning home from your vacation and hear strangers mumble about how dreadful it is to go back to their hometown in Minne-SNOW-ta, BOO-Utah, or HOT-lanta. While you are anxiously waiting to get back to LA’s perfect 70-something-degree weather looking forward to ordering your fresh pressed juice cleanse from Earth Bar (because it is FAUX PAS not to properly detox after an indulgent vacation drink-a-thon), booking your next SOUL CYCLE bike (gotta melt those extra pounds you put on, plus ahem….D. Beckham is totally waiting for you to spin next to him), scheduling your next meeting somewhere outdoors (because how else would you get inspired if there is no Hollywood sign view or sunshine), and catching up with your girlfriends over a gorgeous hike overlooking Tinseltown’s finest (so what if they’re a little smog-filled) views.
Humor aside, I’ve never lived in a city that embraced me as much as LA has. There is something truly MAGICAL about the City of Angels. It fosters creativity, encourages entrepreneurship, promotes a healthy lifestyle, embraces your uniqueness, allows you to find a different side of yourself that you haven’t explored, and helps you develop an immense appreciation for freedom, a quality life, the beach, and eclectic people.
-Aida Takyrbasheva, CEO & Founder, Skinny Bikini Swimwear
I see Los Angeles as the trendsetter for the world. When you think about it, with entertainment media, pop culture, music and film all emanating from here, plus a huge influx of tech and business — it seems to me that with so much going on, the world really looks to what’s happening here first!
Being born and raised here, I’ve seen a lot of changes happen. Yes it’s more crowded, it’s expensive (sometimes ridiculously so), and it’s nearly impossible to get from Venice to Hollywood. But we’ve got so much going for us here. In the right spots you can have a walking lifestyle while still being able to branch out into the big city anytime. And the weather! It’s almost worth the threat of The Big One. (Knock wood)
This town is full of creative, ambitious people who are up to something big. It’s like Ground Zero for innovation. And there is so much diversity here! Plus, everyone seems to be up to more than one thing. People are multi-facented and oftentimes multi-talented.
Finally, I especially love the culture of health and consciousness in LA. I can easily surround myself with people and places that value health, fitness and community. Where else in this hemisphere is there so much choice for world-class yoga in almost any style? Where else can you run or ride a bike on the beach and go skiing on the same day? And — being a long-time vegan, I love being here since there are so many options for restaurants and shopping; vegan is quickly becoming mainstream here and I couldn’t be happier about that.
– Todd Goldman, Director / Producer – West Rim Pictures / 10 Toes Forward
Head Instructor – Krav Maga Worldwide
LA’s long stretch of sandy coastline kisses the ocean waves and extends nearly to forever. The experience of running, biking, roller blading, walking along, or just gazing into the seemingly endless water from the shore nourishes and invigorates my soul. I’ve smiled until my cheeks hurt, simply unfurled my brow and let my body sink into the organic formations of the soft sand beneath me, let tears pour from my eyes, and just breathed and absorbed the moments as they come and go. If not engulfed within the water, the ocean’s edge is really the only place that centers me here, whether reclining or in motion. It’s a place that I love, and a place that I need.
– Rochelle Robinson, Co-Founder/Writer – LaLaScoop.com, Owner/Personal Trainer – AndiamoBody, Painter for LSO Designs – DressoftheWeekClub, Librarian/Advanced Reading Seminar Teacher – Laurence School in Van Nuys
You can surf in the morning, ski in the afternoon, have drinks overlooking the Pacific at sunset, and never run out of new INCREDIBLE restaurants to try at night!
-Jennifer Lippert, Third Grade Teacher, Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades
LA is a place where you can continually evolve as an individual surrounded by the hustle of the city and the calm of nature. It’s a beautiful contradiction, that actually makes perfect sense.
-Lauren Faretta, Owner – Cardio Barre Santa Monica, Partner/Producer – 41 West Films
4) Two words – PALM TREES! When driving down Doheny or along the Beverly Dr. right in the heart of Beverly Hills, there’s nothing more relaxing than seeing the blue sky lined with palm trees. It’s where the tropics meet classic luxury! (Even if the palm trees were imported…)
5) The old Hollywood vibe of the roaring 20’s art deco period is the epitome of glamour, and it is reflected in so many hotels, buildings, bars, and restaurants around LA. When you step into Chateau Marmont or the Los Angeles Theater downtown, you’re transported to the era of silent films and classic Hollywood starlets. Even when you drive by the Sunset Tower or the El Royale on Rossmore, or dine at traditional places like Dan Tana’s, you feel like you’re on an old Hollywood film set in many ways. It’s inspiring.
6) Two more words – THE BEACH! On “Just an Ordinary Sunday” (as my song title goes), you can drive just 20 minutes west and wind up on the beach… in February! You can play volleyball if you wish, ride bikes, or just lay out before placid views. It’s beautiful any time of year, and just seeing the water instantly gives me peace and respite from the hectic musician pace.
9) Two more words – HOUSE PARTIES! House parties in “the hills” are, indeed, everything they are cracked up to be. From celeb sightings to some of the most spectacular views of LA, they are the best way to spend time with good friends in an intimate, private setting. And thanks to Uber, there’s no need to navigate those windy streets anymore. Some of my most fun – and bizarre – LA experiences have happened with great friends up in the hills!