Top 10 Things I Learned From Living in SoCal

I celebrated my 7 year anniversary in SoCal yesterday, can you believe it? Time really does fly by! I have had so many amazing experiences, lessons learned and memories that have been made. I decided to "celebrate" by sharing the top things I have learned about living in SoCal: 1. Traffic is a bitch. It [...]

By | 2017-08-09T20:21:41+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Archive, California Dreamin', Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Reality Check: Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

With all of the terrorist attacks and horrible crime happening in our world, I wanted to share with you guys a couple of incidents that I experienced first hand that were both scary and eye opening. Both incidents happened in the SoCal area within the past 7 years. Fashion Island: December 15, 2012 The first [...]

By | 2017-05-23T10:00:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Know Your SoCal Cities and Explore

I have a question for born and raised Southern California residents that I just cannot figure out since I came here 7 years ago: Why don't you know where cities are in the region? I'm not saying you are all like this, but I feel like a majority of the people I talk to don't [...]

By | 2017-04-29T19:44:09+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

The California Earthquake Reality

If you ask anyone in SoCal, they will tell you that we are long overdue for the "Big One" - earthquake, that is. There's not a month that goes by where news outlets aren't reporting something about it, all of which are very informative and helpful to read: LA Times: San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and [...]

By | 2017-04-23T19:36:22+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

The Reason I Moved to SoCal and My Daily Oath

I wrote this essay as a pitch for Khloe Kardashian's "Fan Sound Off" awhile back, which allows her followers to write about something that they have gone through in their personal lives or a cultural aspect they are passionate about. I am still waiting to see if it gets published or not, but it explains [...]

By | 2017-02-18T19:24:13+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Just Moved to SoCal Playlist

When I first moved to SoCal, I had my high moments but my low moments. There were some days where I wondered if I was going to go through my savings, have no money and go back to Minnesota broke. As I stated in previous posts, it took me 9 months to find a full [...]

By | 2017-02-06T11:04:42+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Archive, Home, Lifestyle, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Don’t Forget: California DMV Checklist

When it came time to register my out-of-state vehicle and get my new California driver's license, I was beyond prepared. I had to go through the California DMV website a few times to make sure I wasn't missing any steps and boy, I am glad I reviewed it a few times! The California DMV in [...]

By | 2017-02-01T20:41:35+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Know Your SoCal Lingo

When I first moved to SoCal, it took me about a good year to learn all of the different slang. I also had to retire some of my Midwestern terms, such as exchanging "pop" for "soda" and "semi truck" for "big rig." Before you make your venture out to SoCal, it's important to understand the [...]

By | 2017-01-23T13:18:07+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Archive, Lifestyle, Survival Tips|0 Comments

The Never Ending SoCal Jury Summons

I was recently summoned for jury duty. Again. This is my 4th year I have received a summons since I registered in the state in 2012. Yup, I am one of the lucky ones. After a 1 year period from the date you are summoned, you can possibly get called again. However, I have never served on [...]

By | 2016-12-18T18:31:17+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Traffic Tips For Getting Around LA

I used to work for a traffic information provider company in Minneapolis for a couple years and later transferred the job to LA. My job required me to input data from our traffic sources (i.e. police, fire, highway patrol and emergency scanners, traffic software data, cameras, radio stations, traffic congestion flow maps) and enter it [...]

By | 2016-12-16T21:10:24+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments