Note: the last four images above were taken from Neighborla and Orleans & York Instagram pages.
Day seven, eight and nine were low key.
On day seven I spent some time running errands with momma. We went to Trader Joe's, Ramona's (my favorite spot for burritos) and the Fox Hills mall (recently renamed Westfield Mall because.... You know gentrification 😒) Spent the remainder of day seven finishing up some client work! Definitely needed that time.
Day eight was a little more active. I woke up at 7:30 and decided to take a morning walk. I mean the scenery is so beautiful here, it would be remiss if I didn't take at least one neighborhood stroll. During my walk I realized something... I dont live in the present.
I'm so concerned with capturing the moment, that I fail to live in it. I'm so eager to make it to the peak of an experience, that I fail to enjoy the journey. I made a special note of this behavior while out walking. At one point I was so focused on making it to the top of this particular hill (in anticipation of the view of downtown) that I failed to realize the stress I was putting my body through to rush to the top. I mean I was speed walking up this hill for what? At that exact moment, I slowed my pace and began to take note of the beautiful king palms that line the avenues. I mean I took note of simple sh*t like landscaping, street signs, telephone wires (of course the views of downtown and the Hollywood sign were an added bonus). A great lesson that I MUST begin to focus on moving forward — living in the moment. Anywayz, walked two hours, went home and showered for brunch. We had brunch at the Serving Spoon. I ordered THE RAMBO (waffles, bacon, grits, cheese eggs)! Pretty much licked the plate. 😩 Noticed a headache creeping in so I laid down for a nap. Woke up in time to do a little work then head out to neighborla restaurant (near Venice). Met up with my cousin Michelle and a friend of hers for great laughs and conversation. The vibe was good, the food was awesome (I had the Brussel sprouts and salmon), and the company was even better. Headed back to south central, knocked out some work talked to momma and fell off to sleep.
Day nine was filled with farewells 😞
Woke up and watched all my Thursday night shows. Washed clothes and packed. Tanese stopped by and dropped off something I left at her apartment. I guess subconsciously I left the item because I wanted to see her one more time before I headed back to the east coast. We talked for 45 minutes. I miss my friend!
Finished up some work. Momma came back to the house with this delicious Hawaiian rainbow cake! Headed over to Inglewood for a catfish po boy from Orleans & York (OMGOODNESS I killed that poor sandwich). Came back to the house, talked to my cousin and took a tour of her Airbnb property! Hugged and kissed everyone then headed to LAX! Red eye flight put me back in Baltimore at 5:00am this morning!
What a blast.
I needed this.
My soul needed this.
I could've done some things differently.
But I felt like everything worked the way it was supposed to.
I met some new people.
Shared time with friends and family.
Built on a few relationships.
Looked at a few relationships from a different perspective.
Had some tough conversations about relationships that were slightly damaged (ones I'm working on now).
Enjoyed spending precious time with people I love.
I Built on the relationship I have with myself and with God. Learned some new things (both good and bad). This trip felt right. I was nervous initially but it worked wonderfully. And I know now if you're quiet enough you can hear the universe speaking —it'll tell you everything you need to know.
I needed this!