This Grateful Season – Friendship

by justine

This week I said good-bye to a friend, Elizabeth, as she packed up to leave LA. She’s moving on to a new life with her boyfriend on the East Coast. The three of us were in classes together in college and they’ve always gotten along. They reconnected last year and have been going long distance coast to coast. Having experienced that stress on my love before, I applaud them for making it to this moment.

It’s crazy to think I have friends, including Liz, that I’ve known for 10 years. And somehow many of us have ended up in Los Angeles. And if there’s anyone I can thank for getting me here in the first place, it’s Liz. We lived together for the last year and a half of college – which covered one of the worst semesters of my love life too – and all the while Liz dreamed of LA.

Due to a combination of the terrible year of my love life, college ending with no where to go and Liz’s utopian descriptions of Cali, I thought “fuck it”, dropped a class, called my parents and extended my college career one more semester. Labor Day September 2006 we landed in sunny Hollywood and never looked back. Through episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, both of us adopting our dogs, breakups, moving in with boyfriends, jobs in and out of the music industry, nail salons, interns, roommates and my wedding (!!) we’ve stayed friends no matter what side of the city we lived on.

And tonight, as she drives off to visit the Grand Canyon and makes the trip cross-country, I am sending her all of the love she wants and deserves. I would not be in LA if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have had an amazing wedding without her, and I certainly wouldn’t be as excited for her if I didn’t love her. Safe travels for this next leg of your life’s journey Sos – lurve you.


For the month of November, I write each day about something I’m grateful for and call it Grateful Season. It’s my way of reviewing the amazing year I’ve had and helps me focus on blogging during the crazy holiday season uptick. Feel free to join me – just make sure you let me know!