Saturday, August 6, 2016

Officially Living in LA


Last weekend I flew back to Chico, loaded all my belongings into a Budget truck, and drove the eight hours back to Los Angeles.  I feel like I truly live here now and I'm so excited to feel more and more at-home. 

Not having to worry about moving and getting a job has freed up my time to dance! This week I took a Samba class, a Hip-Hop class, an Afro-Caribbean class, and tomorrow is an Afro-Brazilian class. Last week, I took my first Bachata class, inspired by my twinsie Olivia who has been taking classes in Holland. Both the Samba teacher and the Afro-Caribbean teacher asked me after class if I'd like to be in their dance companies, which is always super flattering and a great opportunity to dance more! 

I'm still getting used to having so much going on around me.  I keep comparing this experience to moving to Rio, but everything feels a lot more accessible because I have a job ($$), a car, I speak the language effortlessly, and I'm a more grown up version of me! I know that it is an exhilarating and constant adaption when you move to a new place, particularly a big city like Los Angeles.  On the other hand, I think that's just life in general; it's always changing and we're always swaying in its waves. 

Cheers to the weekend! 

xo, 

Mariamma