It’s been an exhilarating 7 months living in Los Angeles. When I scroll through the photos of memories and moments with these new California friends, I’m filled with a gratitude and nostalgia for everything I’ve been blessed to experience.
Just two yogi’s from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who answered the call on their hearts to move to Southern California!
Exploring with cousin Jason and his fiancé Kai.
When your favorite volleyball coach is in town, you make the drive to see her and her mom and lounge for the day at Laguna Beach. 🙂
SNAPCHAT’S SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES
This night will always be one of my highlights of Summer 2016 in Los Angeles! Snapchat hosts a concert series on Santa Monica Pier over the summer, and IT IS LIT. The Snapchat ghost was walking around, so I automatically sprinted over to dance with it and get all the pictures. The fun people in the photo are all amazing, driven, awe-inspiring world-travelers I’m blessed to call friends! With the Snapchat ghost from left is Sofiane, sassy Frenchman, Eddie, punny North Carolinian, and Mel, feisty New Yorker.
Sweet Aunt Renee took me with her to Disneyland for a very full day of rides, Princess meetings (mostly on my end, I had to see them all!), and emotional parade and firework shows!
HIKE TO HOLLYWOOD SIGN
It was a must!
BONFIRE ON THE BEACH
Another highlight of Summer 2016! Sorry for doubting your bonfire-building skills, Sofiane. It was lit.;)
SURFING (& SAIRA IN TOWN!!)
BUCKET LIST ITEM #1 WAS COMPLETED THAT DAY. But I’m definitely not done there! It was a blast experiencing this with such an amazing friend, Saira, who came all the way from West Virginia to see me and of course California!
SQUAD. ALL THE SQUAD PICS.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE HUMANS!!!
CCV COLLEGE GROUP CAMP AT CARPINTERIA STATE BEACH
God nudged me to just go to the camp, even though I only knew a couple people. Well, that changed quickly because CCV peeps are amazing and so welcoming. I love this church family.:)
Another highlight! Eddie is the hookup for amazing events!! Always a blast with you!
SANTA MONICA BEACH
MY B’S!! Bridget and Bekah, where would I be without you two?! Love you baesics!
Thanks for scrolling through! Always remember to reflect on how beautiful this life is…we get caught up in a comparison game and it sucks the joy out of our own blessings. Please understand this is a highlight reel, and in no way is my life or anyone else’s rainbows and puppies and smiles all the time. It’s a journey of ups and downs, and finding joy in Christ even in the downs is the ultimate goal of it all.
Wishing you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION and FANTASTIC 2017!!!
the tall girl