Life in LA is Harder

Ever since I moved to LA, my life is harder. I don’t get it.

By the way, I live in LA now.

I moved last July. I got a job offer that looked too interesting to resist. I took the job, and now I’m engineering amazing things. It is challenging, stressful, never boring, and very rewarding.

I’m happy I took the job.

Like I said though, I’m in LA now.

I’ve noticed something since I moved here: everything is harder.

It’s harder to exercise, to eat right, to get a good night of sleep, to relax, to find time to exercise, to find time to spend with friends, it goes on and on.

In San Francisco, I had a very nice routine. I lived in a great place, it was easier to eat better, easier to find time to exercise, to visit friends, to add things to my routine, to be productive, to pursue my personal projects, and more.

The only thing that wasn’t great was my job. It was kind of soul-sucking and terrible.

Now, my job is great, but everything else is suffering. I’m trying to figure this one out.

Really trying to figure this one out.

On a typical weekday, I wake up between 6am and 7am, drink coffee and durdle around until 8am, then get ready for work for the day. I get home from work around 7pm, exhausted, and ready to do nothing but chow down on unhealthy food and watch Netflix or read comics until 9 or 10 at night, when I get to sleep.

In San Francisco I woke up at 4am every morning to work on my personal creative projects. I walked a few miles a day around town. I made myself a good dinner in the evening, I found time to exercise. Not anymore.

This difficulty is compounded by regular travel. My girlfriend still lives in Northern Caifornia, so one of us is travelling to the other every 2 or 3 weeks. I don’t mind it, and there’s good reasons for the long distance (maybe that’s a future post). This is the hand I’ve decided to play, and it leaves me with much less free time as I am used to.

So here’s what I want:

  1. I want to eat healthier
  2. I want to exercise
  3. I want to lose these extra pounds
  4. I want to have time for personal projects
  5. I want to have energy for personal projects
  6. I want to have a cleaner apartment
  7. I want to be better organized

When it comes down to it, I’ve got an energy problem. I just don’t have as much as I would like, and the energy I do have seems to get used up by work.

As a result, I’m fatter and unhealthier than I want to be, and I’m not getting as much done.

That’s my current difficulty, and what I want to spend the next couple months changing.

Do you have anything in your life that you want to change? Are you finding that you have difficulties? Let me know in the comments.

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