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The Stellar Anniversary

Happy Anniversary!

We celebrated three years together the first week of May. We never chose a specific date, or officially celebrated an anniversary, but this year we really felt like we needed to acknowledge this milestone in our lives.

Austin asked me out on a date for Friday, May 4. He wouldn’t tell me what we were doing or where we were going, despite my sneaky attempts to find out (“So…where did you say we were going on Friday?” “What was the name of that place you’re taking me to?”) Come Friday evening, I was so happy to have waited for the surprise.

After he surprised me at work with a beautiful vase and gorgeous flowers, we started the evening by heading down the street to The Cat & Fiddle restaurant and bar on Sunset Boulevard. I love this place, if only for the amazingly cool courtyard outside that’s covered with trees and lights and bistro tables. During a round of dirty martinis, Austin pulled out an envelope and handed it to me. And inside was….

We were going to the show in less than an hour!

 From the moment Coldplay opened with a burst of fireworks, to the very last song (“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”) concluded with another barrage of fireworks bursting from behind the Hollywood Bowl, we agreed it was the best show we had ever seen. Every one in the audience was given a bracelet, either white, pink, orange, green or blue, to wear as part of the show and every bracelet lit up and began flashing during certain songs. It was incredible to witness this massive sea of lights, moving to the music.

The only picture at the show we managed to get was a dark, grainy photo of us in front of the Bowl stage. It looks like an old, vintage shot, but really we just didn’t have a flash.

I loved nearly every one of the 21 songs they played, but one of the highlights was Chris Martin’s tribute to the late Adam Yauch:

What an amazing start to a fantastic and special weekend. Saturday brought Cinco de Mayo celebrations, which included take-out from El Compadres in Hollywood (pretty much the best Mexican food we’ve had yet) and homemade mojitos with a few friends. Sunday was reserved for a beach and golf day…post soon to follow…

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Hello, Strangers.

Would you look at that? It’s been exactly four months since we’ve posted on here. I know that’s not really good form for a blogger and I’ve probably left our readers in the dark, wondering what the heck Austin and I have been doing since January. In all honesty though, I think we really needed that time to figure out what we were doing in our new home of Los Angeles and try to make sense of our new lives. I don’t ever remember thinking this was going to be easy by any means; I guess I just didn’t count on it taking us this long to feel good about this life-changing decision.

So let’s recap, since it’s been so long! The first three months after we moved, things were looking pretty bleak (or at least they were to us). We had found an apartment, but finding work was another story. The jobs we managed to secure early on where infrequent and underpaying and Austin and I ended up having a very real discussion about whether or not we would be able to afford to stay in L.A. for very much longer.

By the end of January, we both had found full-time work that helped restore our energy and faith that we could indeed make it here. We focused on the positives in our lives and began to express our gratitude instead of sweating the small stuff. We started to climb out of that bottomless hole of fear and doubt and finally we can truly enjoy the place we’re in and everything it has to offer. I started volunteering with a great local animal rescue organization that coordinates dog adoption events and Austin found a pretty awesome driving range and golf course (one of his most favorite things) close by.

We’ve also found some really great things in and around Los Angeles that we just love: Runyon Canyon hiking and yoga, Black Market Yoga in Hollywood, Santa Monica and the Pier for a fun, beachy & touristy attraction, and some incredible, will-leave-you-speechless hot springs in Ojai, CA. On the weekends, we love to hike, bike and just enjoy the (almost) perpetual sunshine.

A friend gave us a travel list of places we need to visit in Southern California and we’re slowly crossing some of them off our list. This summer, we hope to visit Santa Barbara and San Diego for the first time and make a return weekend trip to Las Vegas. A little bit closer to us we have Laguna Beach, Malibu and Venice Beach to explore. We’re also starting up a savings fund again, so we can do a big travel adventure trip in the next couple of years (a week in Hawaii or a trip to Europe perhaps).

These last few months have been tough, but we’ve learned so much. We’re continuing to expand daily on our experiences, love and gratitude, and most importantly, our perspective.

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We’re Here!

We’ve been in Hollywood for three weeks!

I’ve definitely been slacking on keeping our blog updated ever since we arrived.  It’s literally been a whirlwind; so much has changed so fast and we accomplished so much, and we’re still working on settling in.  Here’s a quick recap of our last day on the road and our first few days in California….

Our last stop on the road trip was Las Vegas, which was absolutely incredible.  We were able to snag a room at the Bellagio hotel (the one with the famous fountains!) and from the moment we stepped foot in the lobby we knew it was going to be a spectacular time.  Our room was exquisite and the view of the fountains was a dream. We didn’t even have to leave the Bellagio grounds! We played roulette before dinner and ate on the balcony of Todd English’s Olives, overlooking what else but those fountains!

In the morning, we had coffee and breakfast in the cafe overlooking the pools and took way too many complimentary jelly preserves for the road. We milked our room for all it was worth and checked out right at 11:00 a.m. What an incredible and relaxing end to our journey.

It took under four hours to get to Los Angeles from Vegas. We were tired, yet so energized with the excitement of, “We made it!” And boy, did we need that excitement for our arrival.  As we were rolling into Hollywood at 5:30 p.m., our friends were getting ready for Halloween night, where they shut down Santa Monica Boulevard and tens of thousands of people pour into the streets to celebrate. We drove less than a mile up the street to the costume store on Hollywood Boulevard to find something last-minute and joined the festivities.  Needless to say, we will never forget the fact that we dove head-first into Hollywood from the moment we got here – and we haven’t stopped since!

We stayed with our amazing and gracious friends for about a week and a half until we found an apartment…on the same street as them! We are within walking distance to the grocery store, restaurants, shops, farmer’s markets, the library, Hollywood Boulevard and several parks. Our apartment building is pretty small with only three floors, but boasts a sweet rooftop with a heated jacuzzi.  All in all, we lucked out in many ways, and are very grateful for our experiences thus far.

Right now, Austin and I are both working to find full-time employment. We’ve had a few interviews and will hopefully be able to find one or multiple flexible jobs that allow us to do what we want to do and enjoy living in this area as much as we can.

As the holidays near, we miss our family and friends back home dearly and it’s very strange to not wake up to a snowfall or feel the chill in the heart of a New England autumn descending into winter. Although things are going to be very different this year, we feel blessed for everything we’ve been able to do and for all of the amazing people around as at the moment.

Peace & love.

A&K

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