• Life in Santa Monica

    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Elaine in Thoughts and Musings.

    Hello FreshyEats readers!

    It has been quite some time since I have last posted to this blog.   I have not forgotten about you my dear readers.  How I have missed writing to you!

    I have had a lot of changes in my life over the past 8 months.  I am now blogging from Southern California.  Santa Monica two blocks from the beach to be exact!

    Now that I am settled in, I wanted to get back into the swing of things and hope that you will forgive me for my absence.

    I moved from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to sunny Santa Monica because I wanted a more laid-back lifestyle, better weather, and the opportunity to explore the outdoors on a regular basis.  Many come to Los Angeles for the entertainment industry – Hollywood.  Makes sense.  But what I love having come to Los Angeles in my 30s is that I came here for nothing else but the beach and weather.   I am not trying to be anyone but who I already am.  And because of this, I live a simple, genuine life.

    Mornings here are cold and misty from the ocean.  Mid-day is sunny and hot.  Usually around 70 degrees give or take all year round.  And evenings are comfortable and cool with the fresh ocean breeze.  Every night, my window is open to allow the ocean breeze to come in and lull me to sleep.

    I don’t have a car by choice and walk or Uber and Lyft everywhere.  I am considering getting a beach cruiser soon.  :)

    I have my health, my youth, my best friend, Kiko the shiba inu, and access to some of the freshest produce around :) .

    A simple Life to me is a happy Life.

    I share this with you because it took me the past 5 years focusing on health, nutrition, wellness, and getting in touch with who I really am inside to have the courage to make these changes in my Life.  You can do that too. It just takes practice.  You must spend time alone away from distractions and other people… to hear the whisperings of your inner voice… your heart.  Remember, it is never too later to start over any part of your life that you feel needs starting over.  You are never stuck at a job, never stuck in a city, never stuck in a relationship.  You have choices.  All you need is the courage to take a risk and make whatever change you know after careful thought,  will make you happier.

    Life is too short to not be happy everyday.

    Right before I left NYC, I befriended a woman in her late 40s who lived in my building and was engaged to a man in Southern California.  They have had a long-distance relationship the past 5 years and her reason to me for not moving for him was because she didn’t want to leave her job.  Even though she had enough saved, no children, owned her apartment, and could probably sell her place and move in with her love, what stopped her was the job.   She didn’t like the job yet she had been there for 20 years and felt comfortable.   And it was apparent that her inner and outer worlds did not match.

    Spending time alone and being able to hear my inner voice told me that sunshine all year round is what keeps me happy.  Back in NYC, I had to use a special indoor light to treat my seasonal depression during the long, cold NYC winters.   While it worked, it was still artificial.  I couldn’t deal with the rollercoaster of my emotions.   Here in sunny Southern California, I walk to the beach and ocean when I feel any stress or sadness and am reminded of Nature’s beauty and feel the warmth of Mother Nature on my skin encompass me like a big hug.  It is then I remind myself “What is there to be sad about?  Life is good… so very good.”

    Today I was feeling a bit disappointed at Life – over some of the people I have met here in LA who are not so genuine or generous in heart, recent work prospects that didn’t go the way that I would have liked, and a romantic relationship that is not working out.  As the saying goes, when it rains it pours huh?   Because of all this, I struggled the past week to not fall back into the bad habits I had when I was in my 20s.  Instead I went for a run along Santa Monica beach with Kiko… and everything became better.  Mother Nature who is always there to welcome me with her warm, open arms reminded me.

    Wherever you are in the world reading this, find the thing that gives you faith and reminds you to believe in yourself and the goodness of the world during your times of sadness.  It could be religion, family, friends, whatever is special to you that will give you faith and trust that things will always get better and are not as bad as you think they are.   For me, it is Mother Nature.  And my best friend.   Happy to be back!  Sharing more healthy things again with you soon!  XO


    Dog is woman's best friend.

    Everything is good in the world.




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