10 Things I Love About Living in California (aka, what I’ll miss the most)

So. I am finally!/already? preparing to depart from my hometown… The city of my birth, the house I’ve lived in all my life, my baby Toby (aka the sweetest, most adorable shih-tzu on planet earth) and his girlfriend Mabel (a recent family addition – the most hyper, bouncy, energetic shih-tzu in the history of shih-tzus). I am leaving all of this behind.

I am so, so ready to explore new places, & meet new people, & learn new things, & take advantage of new opportunities, though. The date of my one-way flight is rapidly approaching.

It is exciting, & terrifying, & exhilarating… all at once.

California – these are the things I love about you, and the things I’ll miss. The seventeen years and nine months I spent with you were fab. But I’m tired of taking pictures of palm trees, mmkay?

(Pier View Coffee Co. – 2015)

1) Morning Walks Along the Pier These relaxed strolls became a beloved tradition of mine several years ago. There’s just something magical about the pier early in the morn… whether I’m alone, with my mother, or have a camera in tow – it is so special.

2) The Laid-Back Atmosphere Pajamas, yoga pants, & slippers are acceptable public attire here – with limits, of course. But at Target or the grocery store? No weird looks. Seriously. (I’ve even spent a day at the mall in PJ bottoms. Shhh…)

3) Movie Theaters By the Beach There is nothing. on. earth. like exiting a movie theatre and immediately being treated to a view of the sea. To be entirely honest, it’s the #1 reason why I even go to the movies.

4) Shopping Outdoors Year-round Outdoor shopping centers in California are heavenly. This one is my absolute favorite.

(Top Left: Oceanside Waves – 2013; Top Right: Carlsbad Seashells – 2013; Bottom Left: View From the Oceanside Pier – 2013; Bottom Right: Santa Monica Waves – 2015)

5) The View from the Freeway The traffic may be awful… but when you can see the ocean from your car? Ah, it’s not so bad.

6) Saying ‘Like’, Like, All the Time Is this, like, a California thing? I’m not sure… but, like, I better tone it down before I’m, like, living abroad…

7) Spontaneous Visits to Old Town, Santa Monica, The San Diego Zoo, & More Day trips in Southern California are always, always extraordinary. From Balboa Park to Disneyland… it’s impossible to run out of choices for ‘family fun day’.

(Top Left: The Oceanside Harbor – 2013; Top Right: Oceanside Seagull – 2013; Bottom Left: Croissant at Pier View Coffee – 2015; Bottom Right: Pink Blooms in Carlsbad – 2014)

8) The Harbors Though the odor is invariably, um, unpleasant, I love spending time at our local harbor. There is so much character in the little place – vibrant colors, imaginative boat names, and, occasionally, sweet sea creatures. I just adore it.

9) Dolphins, & Sea Lions, & Pelicans, Oh My! Yeah, do I actually have to explain this one? La Jolla Cove = Everything.

10) Sunsets at the Beach They’re breathtaking. The vibrant hues and bright, bright sun. I love them.

(The Santa Monica Pier – 2015)

Bye-Bye, SoCal. (Ah, almost, anyways…) ♥



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12 comments on “10 Things I Love About Living in California (aka, what I’ll miss the most)”

  1. My, you have to begin your college or university life, early. But then, there will be lots of settling in to do…. Etc.

    Wishing you well with the leaving, and the traveling, and the arriving.

    Looking forward to having you take us along, also.

    Be safe!

    Gentle hugs,

    • Yes, it is early isn’t it?! School seems to be starting earlier and earlier for everyone each year… my brother is starting next week. Next week!
      Thank you so very much for your kind words, Tessa!

  2. Ahhhh California looks so dreamy!!
    what a wonderful relaxed lifestyle!!
    when you move away, you remember even more of the small things that make home, home.
    But you’re gonna be able to call Paris home – how cool is that!!
    lovely post 🙂 and beautiful pictures!! makes me wanna go to california so bad!!

    • Hahah, thanks, Bec! You MUST come visit Cali sometime. It’s the most beautiful place! Though I have heard that the climate is similar to Australia… 🙂
      And calling Paris home… wow. It seems so surreal!
      xoxo! Hope you’re having an ah-mazing time in LONDON! <3

  3. Beautiful images of SoCal! You’ve summed it up perfectly :).

  4. #6 cracked me up. Unfortunately it is not just a California thing…I don’t know what the french alternative is.
    Be safe on your journeys.

    • Thank you, Kathryn! And hahah, I’d better not pick up the French version of ‘like’… it’s bad enough to be constantly saying it in one language. 🙂

  5. I was born in LA and lived there for 10 years, but there’s only so much you need as an elementary school-er. I didn’t do very much exploring and I don’t know very much about the beaches or coffee shops. Most of my memories are from Disneyland and Costco 😛 I’ve been wanting to visit home again for awhile now. I was hoping to stop by LA before flying to Seattle, but I left Beijing a little later than expected so I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • LA really is such a beautiful city, but I’m not much of a beach-y person, honestly. I mean, there’s the walk of fame, the Santa Monica area, the tar pits, Rodeo Drive, etc…. but none of it is really my thing. And hahah, funny that you should mention Disneyland… I’m going with my family tomorrow!
      Right now we’re all ‘stay-cationing’ in Anaheim and OMGz it’s like that post you shared not long ago haha.
      You absolutely must visit soon, though! I think California is one of the most interesting states – though I’m probably biased – and should be visited every so often. 🙂 xo

  6. aaaaaaand I want/need to come to Cali