The holidays are over, I’ve rung in the new year and now…I’ve got January blahs. I get this way every year. The excitement from December has dwindled, the weather in L.A. hasn’t been so hot and I’m back to the grind. I’m looking back at my December spends and kicking myself and there isn’t a holiday coming any time soon that I can look forward to. In the last week I’ve been taking advantage of friends and the city to snap out of it! Here are a few ways I’ve been shaking up the monotony of my day-to-day to rid myself of this mood.
1. Change in my pattern. I’m a creature of habit, which can be good or bad depending on how you see it. The other night when my friend called me on her way home from work, at 9:30 pm, I was also on my way home from working. My plan was typical, go to Trader Joe’s and then home to make something quick for dinner. When my friend suggested we grab something to eat at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, I didn’t have the strength to resist. Roscoe’s is less than a mile from my house, but I never go…it’s dangerous! Not only was it a treat to get some tasty fried chicken and a waffle (I always order the Country Boy, 3 wings and a waffle). The best part of this outing was that it was unexpected, a little later than a usual dinner dinner outing during the week and it was a Monday night. It may not sound like a big deal but a spontaneous change in plans improved the evening.
2. Let someone splurge on you. It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I graciously take the opportunity to be taken out and I enjoy myself. Some friends came into town and wanted to meet up. Sometimes, when you have a case of the “blahs” like I’ve been experiencing, it’s easy for you to blow off an invitation and stay on the couch. But even though I had to drive to Santa Monica, drinks at Casa Del Mar and dinner at Boa did not disappoint. The company was great, the conversation was interesting, the meal was excellent and the energetic scene reminded me of why I love Los Angeles.
3. Switch it up. I’ve been in Los Angeles for almost four years and don’t do nearly enough hanging out and exploring in the city. So when I got another opportunity to go out, I didn’t hesitate. Sometimes, going out with different people and seeing new places can inspire you. The suggestion was to meet at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills for drinks. After circling through, underwhelmed, my friend and I left. But not without the $14 valet charge. From there we headed to Nic’s in Beverly Hills, listened to some music and had a couple of martinis. While it was a cool time, we weren’t completely satisfied with the evening, so we went to the SLS Beverly Hills. We scored on that decision. The bar was amazing, the mixologists really knew what they were doing. The scene was chill but did not disappoint. That place just worked for me. From the velvet curtains to the sexy gift store. Seventeen dollar cocktails somehow seemed worth it. I just felt energized when I switched up my surroundings.
I have to keep this going. Next week I’m planning to office at the beach for an afternoon and hang out at The Getty.