It’s been a while since I’ve done a more personal post for you guys! I miss the days when I could blog more frequently but these days I’ve been swamped with so many different projects that it’s hard to find time to sit down and write. Even though my living situation is a bit more organized, I’m still trying to sort out my life at the moment. It’s been stressful to balance it all but I’m just taking it a day at a time! But now that I’m settled into my new home, I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been up to lately!
ONE // Living in the desert is SO different from life back in LA. I have no major complaints here though. There is NO traffic, we don’t need to get on a major freeway to get to local places where we need to be (literally feels like our own little world especially now with snowbirds out of Palm Springs for the hotter months), and BEAUTIFUL scenery and lighting for photos. There are some sacrifices living here, however…
TWO // It’s been difficult to make new friends in my age range. To be honest, it’s a predominately retired community which means that I’m practically the only one in my 20’s living in the area… for a homebody like me, it’s not a big issue but it never hurts to have a friend or two, right? Well, to be fair, I’ve just moved here so I’ve got some time to hopefully meet new people soon.
THREE // There is no good Asian food here. And the Asian food that they do have is SO EXPENSIVE! Okay actually, we just discovered a Thai restaurant that’s decent in downtown Palm Springs but it’s still extremely pricey. Literally double the price of what we used to pay when we lived in Hollywood. Which leads to my next point…
FOUR // We’ve been cooking at home A LOT more now. I sort of like it because it’s not only helping us save $$$, it’s also healthier. We’ve been trying new recipes with Hello Fresh and I’ve been learning how to cook more Asian food to satiate my cravings for that. Plus, we’re taking advantage of our 10x upgraded kitchen in this condo (compared to our LA cave ;))
FIVE // I finally joined a gym and it feels SO GOOD! For the 3 years I lived in LA, I never joined a gym because getting to one would always take forever even if it was nearby. I do not miss the city traffic at all. It feels so refreshing to be able to block out a time in my day to dedicate to my body and well-being 🙂
SIX // Starting out at the gym, I mostly participated in the fitness classes but now have moved on to learning how to use more of the equipment. I find that while the classes are fun once in a while they don’t do anything substantial to help me build muscle or add serious definition. As terrible as I am at Zumba though, I do enjoy the idea of working out to music and getting my heart pumping. Yoga is a bit harder to get into for a full hour but I love the body sculpting class (the one that I feel is most hard core and actually works my muscles).
SEVEN // This might be a little TMI, but my underarm hairs have been growing like WEEDS out here. I’m not sure if it’s due to the extreme desert heat or what, but it’s pretty bothersome having to shave just about everyday now. And this is coming from a girl who doesn’t even have much body hair on a general scale. With that said, I finally caved into laser hair removal and have my first appointment this coming Monday… not sure if I should be nervous going in for the first time. If any of you have done it I’d love to hear your experience!
EIGHT // I have probably gotten at least 5 shades darker than I was when I lived in LA. In fact, I’m 100% sure I’ll be having year-round tan lines because I’ve heard that we only get 3 weeks of winter here. I got a pineapple float and thoroughly enjoy bringing it out to our 2 pools to unwind for a bit during the day. It’s been quite the conversation starter!
NINE // I AM NOT BLIND ANYMORE! Those of you who have trusted me driving you in the past year or so are the real MVPs LOL! I hated wearing my glasses despite my horrible vision and was always too scared to use contacts. Then in January of this year, my car got broken into and my expensive Gucci glasses (that were rarely worn to begin with) got stolen. As soon as we moved to Palm Springs I decided to do my eyes a favor and get them checked… and got contacts! OMG, talk about getting out of my comfort zone. It was a huge ordeal for me to put them in and take them out for weeks. Poor David had to hold me down on the bed and pinch them out for me. I’m a huge baby when it comes to this stuff… I know. But I’ve gotten a little better now thankfully 🙂 It’s amazing being able to see clearly again especially when driving.
TEN // It’s a lot more motivating to go explore your city and do things when there is no traffic. I feel like in just a month, we’ve done a lot more exploring in the Palm Springs area than we ever did living in LA together for 1.5 years. We’ve gone sightseeing up in the mountains (way different terrain, snows up there while it’s 100+ degrees down here in the desert), stargazing in Joshua Tree, and enjoying the gorgeous resort views in the vicinity.
So there you have it — a quick little update on my life! What have you guys been up to? Would love to hear something interesting going on in your life in a comment below! XOXO
Photos by David Potter