Welcome to To Live and Thrive in L.A., my new blog. Why a new blog?
I've been in a personal, professional and creative rut for an extended period of time. Couple of years, in fact, and I need a change of scenery, something to kick start my life. I can't make a physical move at this time due to my dicey employment situation, so this blog became my outlet. I kind of think of it as moving to a new, fresh and hopefully exciting place at least creatively and I'm hoping this will will have the effect of energizing me.
I also wanted something a little different in tone. Rose Parade was a bit of everything (including politics, which I hadn't initially wanted to get into online, but events pushed me in that direction). I also recently decided I wanted to simplify things blogwise, and while at the time building RP with lists and links and all sorts of fun stuff was enjoyable, now I want things just...quieter, I guess.
For the new blog, I'm looking to make it more of a journey of creativity, the pursuit of trying to make that creativity a career, and of not just living but thriving in a fascinating place like Los Angeles (hence the new design and name). There will, of course, be much yammering about my beloved L.A. Kings and many, many pictures of Sophie, because let's face it, there's just no such thing as too many pictures of my incredibly photogenic cat and the Kings are made of awesome these days.
Also, check out the shiny new URL! Luckily, since I have an unusual name, it was still available. I feel like I'm sitting at the grownups table now, internets-wise. It is kind of bizarre to see my name in a url, though. That will take some getting used to.
You'll notice some duplicate posts from the last days of Rose Parade in the archives. This is because when I was starting the new blog I didn't want to launch it without existing content. There are also a lot of new posts, because during the aforementioned rut I just lost interest in keeping RP up while I was working on the new blog.
Rose Parade was the blog I wanted over the past five years. To Live and Thrive is the blog I want now and for the foreseeable future. Also, I'm kind of surprised I never heard from these guys about the previous blog's name.
So I've finally decided that the shiny new blog is ready to go, although I may tinker with it a bit more. Comments on the new look are welcome.
Oh, and please enjoy this picture of Sophie!