This February, I moved to Santa Monica and have been settling into my new house. I love ocean-side life a lot. There's so much more wildlife out here than in Brentwood. I swear someone must be doing some serious pest control in Brentwood. Have you ever seen a squirrel there? Think about it.
Anyway, my roommates and I have been enjoying walks around the neighborhood, checking out take-out spots in the area, and almost burnt the entire house down last weekend.
Everything is fine now, and I am now a proud owner of renter's insurance.
Things I'm loving:
Tech-Free Sundays. I was inspired by Tiffany Shlain's book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. I've loved my one screenless day a week where I ~live in the moment~. Going on hikes, going to the farmer's market, and staring at the ceiling. I had no idea how often I Google stuff... it's wild to sit there pondering a problem without knowing the answer. It's made me feel much more creative.
Being a bed-owner. I have not owned a bed since high-school. I always used the dorm beds in college and have slept on a mattress on the floor until last week. I finally splurged on the cheapest bed I could find on Amazon, and I love it. I'm so far off the ground! It feels like home.
Wallpaper. On the theme of making this house a home, I got some peel and stick wallpaper.
This Christopher Walken quote: "If you knew how quickly people forget the dead... you would stop living to impress people."
Owning a record player. I bought a record player on Facebook Marketplace on a whim, and it's the best impulsive purchase I've made in a while. I currently only have a Sam Cooke record and a Boston Pops Orchestra Christmas record and listen to them on repeat.
I am continuing to interview people for my book and had the opportunity to speak with Marc Randolph, the first-CEO of Netflix and author of That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea. I also got to speak with Apolo Anton Ono of Olympic and Dancing with the Stars fame. 11-year-old Dancing with the Stars obsessed me would have freaked (and 24-year-old me had trouble keeping her cool).
I have been having a blast working with the Winter 2021 Cohort of MentorHive. Applications closed at the end of January, and now things are in full swing! MentorHive is an organization I started after graduation that I wish I had access to when I was in college. Essentially, I pair college students with mentors in their field of interest. Read more about it here!
If you know a college student who may be in need of mentorship or are interested in mentoring, please reach out!
Hit me up if you:
Have record store recs in LA.
Are interested in trying a tech-free day.
Have or know someone who has "cast themselves" in their own production.
Are also obsessed with Peaky Blinders.
Are on the fence about getting renter's insurance (do it!).
Just wanna catch up.
What I watched/am watching:
The Trial of the Chicago 7