Was it difficult to make the shift and move to Los Angeles a city that one can safely say is a big contrast to the homes of your past?
Absolutely. But for me, I did it because of my love for my husband. There’s a pretty negative stigma around LA shared by a lot of people, especially those that are nature-centric; anyone who’s grown up Alaskan will tell you LA is a hell hole full of fake people, pollution, materialism and horrible traffic. Everyone. That is what I grew up feeling about LA, having never been.
But then I came and visited with Baktash when we were dating and I fell in love with it. I had no idea it was so green and colorful and vibrant and bright. And man, [east side] Angelenos are really, really awesome. EVERYwhere I go, I have an awesome, pretty deep conversation with a friendly stranger - there is such an ease here, a chill. And we have so many, many dear friends here. That’s what’s kept me here so long - the overall attitude of Angelenos and our community. I won’t lie though, I regularly lose my shit on living in LA and just want to go curl up in some moss in a dense, lush, green forest. I have never felt connected here the way I have in all my other homes. I have had a hard time really feeling grounded and centered in myself here, so that’s been really hard for me.