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Kristin Booker • June 9, 2013

Style Notes: It’s My Birthday…So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Los Angeles Thing

Me, on top of my roof, contemplating my next move. Photo: giafrese

Me, on top of my roof, contemplating my next move. Photo: giafrese

So, today is my birthday. My real, honest-to-God birthday. And while there were many days in the past I was sure (SURE) I would never see this age, here it is….and it’s awesome.

Today’s birthday was a great reminder of how far I’ve come. In 2007, I dreamed of having a full-time writing career in NYC, and here I am living that dream. Last year, I hit a SoulCycle class and really wanted to be the girl in front, riding away and light enough to keep up with the front row. Today, not only was I in the front of the class, they took my photo on that bike. It’s my new favorite photo. It’s proof that I can accomplish pretty much anything to which I focus my mind.

Sorry, I'm Late, LA. Was in a long-term relationship with NYC, but I think I'm ready now. Photo: giafrese.

Sorry, I’m Late, LA. Was in a long-term relationship with NYC, but I think I’m ready now. Photo: giafrese.

And the icing on the cupcake tonight was when I got on the scale. I don’t have 15 lbs to go…I have 10. 83 pounds lost. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel….and, for once, it’s not a train. So, I’m taking the rest of the night to celebrate my successes…with a cupcake the size of my head.

Well, not that big, but it’s big, awesome, covered in icing and I deserve it.

The Instagram photo that launched a million what-the-Hell comments. Yep, it's absolutely true: I'll be an LA lady next year.

The Instagram photo that launched a million what-the-Hell comments. Yep, it’s absolutely true: I’ll be an LA lady next year.

But I’m a big believer in setting new goals when you achieve them, and so thanks to an Instagram photo that sort of slipped out there as a message to a dear friend,it’s time to share the next big goal with you:

I’m moving to Los Angeles next year.

Ah, LA....

Ah, LA….

New York and I have had a really awesome, at-times tumultuous relationship. We’ve broken up, we’ve gotten back together. I tried to quit the city Brokeback Mountain-style and leave multiple times (three times, in fact.) But, the siren song of a writing career led me back, and we’ve been going strong since 2007.

However, when I flew in from my college reunion in April, what I had feared was a passing idea was very evident to me: the thrill is gone, baby. The thrill is gone.

My favorite fantasy that doesn't involve Bradley Cooper...the pool at the Mr. C Beverly Hills.

My favorite fantasy that doesn’t involve Bradley Cooper…my view at the pool at the Mr. C Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles is the only city in the US that I’ve ever wanted to live in that I haven’t tackled yet. So many things are there. Yes, there will be traffic. Yes, I will stay perpetually lost for the first year. But, it’s time to live life differently. It’s time to dare greatly again…but this time, I just want to do it a little closer to the beach.

The mindblowing lobby at the Mr C. Beverly Hills. Countdown to the 2014 birthday party there starts...now.

The mindblowing lobby at the Mr C. Beverly Hills. Countdown to the 2014 birthday party there starts…now.

So, the countdown begins today, June 9th, 2013. One year (give or take a few months per my lease), and my plan is to spend my next birthday at my beloved Mr. C Beverly Hills, ready to christen my maiden voyage into the California lifestyle.

 

A view from a recent trip to Union Square Park, where you can find me working on articles about three times a week.

A view from a recent trip to Union Square Park, where you can find me working on articles about three times a week.

 

But, New York and I have some unfinished business, namely a gigantic bucket list of places and experiences that I want to see, do, visit and life through before I go. There will be some adventures, there will be some tears, there will be a lot of laughs and photos to share with you, but a level of the excitement is back. It’s like that summer romance you know will be over come September – everything becomes even more exciting because you know it’s the last time you’ll ever do it. Mine just gets to last for a year.

My wish for you tonight, dear readers and friends, is to join me in making a wish for a fantastic year of adventures, amazing experiences and further exploration of a life worth living at all price points. Because, like any good relationship that’s ending, I plan on making my mark on the place. New York will always be a part of me….but this is my last year to be a part of New York. I plan on celebrating accordingly, specifically in my new favorite Jimmy Choos.

And with that, I’m blowing out the candles on another year with a huge task and set of adventures ahead of me. Buckle up, folks…we’re in for a wild ride.

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3 Responses to Style Notes: It’s My Birthday…So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Los Angeles Thing

  1. gahhhhh I love when you write like this xx

    I’m so excited for you!

  2. Shyema says:

    Ahhh Happy Birthday and good luck with everything…who knows, maybe I’ll join you in LA 😉

  3. Megan says:

    How did you get to be so brave? I admire you, truly 🙂

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