The California Diaries

Look to my right and I see the Hollywood sign...


So as many of you are probably unaware, I went to California last week! I had been planning on visiting for the longest time and it was perfect perfect. Like when I tell you LA has been on my mind for years, I mean it. During my second year of college, I kind of  broke down for a minute and was convinced I needed to pack up and leave school and head out to LA. I thought to myself, "what's the point of being all the way out here in Buffalo if all I want to do is make music?" Thank goodness I had my dad to talk me down because now I know that would have been all kinds of bad for me. There was no way I was ready for anything close to that back then and today I am so thankful for my college years and tbh I miss them a whole lot. But Cali was still calling me, and I finally made it there.

Lucky for me, I have a cousin who lives in Los Angeles and an aunt and uncle who live in San Diego! So when I got to LA I rented a car and basically drove all over SoCal for a week having a grand old time. As soon as I landed in Los Angeles (after posting the first line of "Party In The U.S.A." all over social media) I made a beeline to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, mainly so I could do this:

Yes I was having  a major moment and yes the pavement was burning my skin.
The weird thing was, the walk itself wasn't quite the same as I had imagined it to be. The streets didn't sing and the buildings didn't sparkle and there wasn't magic fairy dust in the air like my naive mind had dreamt there would be. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I didn't get that feeling of "this is where I'm supposed to be". And maybe it's not. I guess I'll have to find that place myself.

But I gotta say that the rest of my trip was pretty great, once I got over myself and the expectations I had for one small part of one big city. I got to hit Venice beach, see some San Diego beaches, eat at In-N-Out (yes it's that good), hike the Hollywood sign trail, have dinner at SUR (shoutout to my RHOBH peeps), and do plenty of shopping (bc hello it's me you're talking to). But my absolute number one faaaaavorite thing I did during my time in the great state of California was take a few classes at Millenium Dance Complex. 

Now I hadn't heard of it until a few weeks ago (thank you Rachel) but that place is absolutely amaze. Like anyone who is anyone and has danced has practiced there. The walls are covered with my faves and I am kind of obsessed. And don't even get me started on the classes. They were straight up the best dance classes I have ever taken and I wish I could have stayed there for weeks. The two classes that I did take (hip/jazz and hip-hop) were killer and pushed me so much harder than I had ever been willing to be pushed before. Honestly it's so mental, and if you want to be better and are willing to work for it, you can do anything. That's such an important thing to know and it can apply for absolutely any area of life, not just dance. But for real if you're a dancer and are ever in LA, take a class at Millennium and feel the fiyah in your bones!

All in all, I had such a great time visiting the great state of California. I only just got a taste of what the West Coast has to offer and I know that there is so so much more to explore. I can't wait to visit again and check some more off my list! Until next time!

xo, HB

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