four days without a phone

The Original LG - Tough Times

I lost my phone four days ago. I left it in an Uber in Paris on the way to the airport and have now been living four days completely without a phone. Since it has been quite destabilizing I wanted to ramble on what has come up for me during this experience – and in case you’re wondering, no I still do not have a phone, lol.

It has been a strange and eye-opening experience. From my complete helplessness in being able to get it back (it was either getting on my flight or trying to find the phone), to having to surrender to being without it, to losing communication with the outside world (emails have been my main form of communication), and then dealing with how to get a new phone without having a phone to make phone calls with — it has been a serious practice in surrender and patience.

You don’t realize how much you rely on something until you do not have it, and our phones pretty much contain our lives nowadays.

On top of that, I was sick on my flight back from Paris with a cold and felt depleted when I got home. Then on Saturday I woke up with terrible cramps and got my period. It has felt like one thing after another!

I have felt disoriented and unsure of what to do with myself. Which made me realize: we truly are addicted to our phones. I have not thought of myself as a very phone dependent person, but this experience made me realize how real the addiction is.

I feel like I have gone through stages of withdrawal these past few days: it started with shock and disbelief, then anger and frustration, followed by sadness and isolation, and now finally release.

Friday and Saturday were the worst, but today I woke up and thought: well I have to go on without it.

I went out and did all the things I normally “needed” my phone to do. I went on a hike in complete silence, I drove around LA without google maps, picked up my boyfriend for lunch at the exact time we had agreed upon (no little timing changes or running late), read my New Yorker Magazine when I got a pedicure, took chances by going to places without knowing if they were open or not (and surprise - the library was closed) and then adjusting.

It has been strange, and I do feel like I am missing out in some weird way and was scared as a female doing things alone without any way of being able to reach out to someone if something went wrong, but after pushing through these discomforts, I am seeing the gift in it.

The freedom and space it has given me is lovely. I am not constantly bombarded by messages all throughout my day. When I am with someone, I give them my full attention, having nothing to pull at my thoughts or check on even for a second. When I am out and about, I am fully present. When I am at my apartment I have done things that are more introspective and nourishing - I have read interesting articles, read more of my books, and journaled each day. I have gone to sleep MUCH earlier each night. And I overall just feel calmer.

The Original LG 2018 Favorites

The Original LG Favorites

As the year is coming to a close, here are some of my favorites from 2018. From favorite books and movies, to greatest memories and lessons learned, these are some of the things that comprised my roller coaster year. 

It’s nice to end off the year reflecting on the things that brought me joy and the lessons I learned; and then move forward into 2019!

Movie: Eighth Grade

Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor – It’s about the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers

Fiction book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Music: Seeing HAIM in concert with my best friend in Santa Barbara

Song: Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle

Podcast: Let It Out with Katie Dalebout

Drink: Matcha! That’s absolutely no surprise 🙃

Food: Honey Hi gluten-free sourdough bread with sunflower seed butter & banana - so simple but so good.

Dessert: Doughnuts from Donut Friend 🍩

Restaurant: Honey Hi

Adaptogen: Ashwagandha

Clothes: Leotards & Overalls

Activity: Hiking

App: Clue — period tracker app

Emoji: Heart with sparkles 💖

Random thing: Sending voice messages to my brother over Whatsapp. We would end up having full on back and forth conversations through them! He lives in Panama so it was a lovely way to stay in touch and hear his voice.

Inspirational woman: Deborah Hanekamp aka Mama Medicine

Learning: All about Digital Marketing 🤓

Acting Memory: Playing the lead role in my first film 🎬

Overall Memory: Hiking the English countryside with my mom

Learning moment: Rebuilding my relationship with my father and learning how to communicate with him.

Lesson learned: The power of honesty 💛

Word: Resilience 🦁

My Favorite Spots in Los Angeles ☀️

I have been in LA for a little over a year now. There are so many cool spots to explore and endless things to do. Here are a few of my favorites so far!

Honey Hi restaurant in Los Angeles

Food:

Honey Hi – Hands down my favorite restaurant in LA. They serve craveable, sustainable comfort food with thoughtful ingredients. The food is so delicious and their menu changes seasonally. They use organic and locally sourced produce, as well as 100% organic, humanely raised animals and eggs. Basically they serve exactly the food we should be eating because everything is so thoughtfully chosen and comes from the best local sources. I always feel amazing after eating at Honey Hi.

Kitchen Mouse - Cute vegetarian restaurant in Highland Park. The menu is delicious and the space is adorable.

Botanica Restaurant - Amazing farm to table restaurant in Silverlake. The food is local and seasonal and their menu is made up of innovative vegetable dishes. Love the ambience and the vibe here too. Good to go with friends.

Hiking in Griffith Park

Hiking:

Fryman Canyon - This is my go-to hiking spot! It’s a great loop that takes about an hour and is a nice mix of incline, flat and downhill. It is easy to get to with great parking and beautiful views. I am so grateful this hiking trail exists.

Griffith Park - So many great hikes here. You can always be changing it up and exploring new paths. I love to come here when I have more time and can explore. Great views of LA and the Griffith Observatory.

Skylight Bookstore

Bookstore:

Skylight Books - Cool indie bookstore in Los Feliz. They curate a thoughtful collection of books on numerous topics that’s on the cutting edge of culture. They are always putting on great events with incredible authors and have reading groups as well. I love spending hours here.

Go Get Em Tiger

Coffeeshop:

Go Get Em Tiger - Such a cool coffeeshop. They have won numerous awards for having some of the best coffee in LA and the food is great. My favorite place to get coffee in LA and they have a few locations around central/east LA.

Maru - THE BEST MATCHA! This is my go-to spot for my absolute favorite matcha in town.

Highland Park

Explore:

Highland Park - I love exploring this neighborhood, it is my favorite area to just hang out in when I have some extra time. Lots of unique record/music stores, vintage shops, restaurants and bars. Favorites here are: Highland Park Bowl, Donut Friend and Gimme Gimme Records.

Positivity Toolkit - Part 1

I have good days and bad days. Some mornings I wake up with an extra pep in my step and other days are a struggle. I would be lying if I said that I can shift my mood on these low days right away and make it an amazing day, but I do have tools that I can reach to that help me feel better. They don’t solve my problems and some days I am still pretty down but they help me cope with it and allow me to gain some perspective, see things differently and stay present.

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness month, I thought it would be a great time to kick off my Positivity Toolkit series. I have many different tools that I will continue to share along the way. So for this first installment of Positivity Toolkit - here are three things I do to help me calm down and feel better:

Yoga with Adriene

I have come to rely so strongly on yoga. I am so grateful that this practice exists because right when I step on my mat it's like my body exhales and is happy to be there. I do yoga all the time - even multiple times a day if I need to. With great yoga channels available on YouTube now, it's easier than ever to get on your mat and do some breathing and stretching to help you re-shift your energy whenever you need it. My absolute favorite YouTube channel is: Yoga with Adriene. I can't recommend it enough - Adriene has such a fun, sweet personality and all of her yoga sequences leave you feeling so good.

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations Book

This meditation book by Melody Beattie is lovely. A therapist recommended it to me a few years ago and I still use it. There's a passage for each day and most of the time it really speaks to whatever is going on in my life. It is always a wonderful message that helps me start my day from a grateful, peaceful place.

Walking Outside

When you're not feeling great it's hard to do anything, but forcing yourself to get outside is huge. Getting some fresh air helps me clear my mind and gets me out of my spiral of negativity. It's a nice reminder that there's a world out there that keeps moving along and it's nice to see other people going about their day. Pick some of your favorite upbeat music to listen to while you walk or a funny podcast. I promise it helps :)

What do you do to feel better? I'd love to hear in the comments below! 

LG Faves: April

Here are the things I’ve been loving in April!

BOOK: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This book is so beautifully written it is described as a modern classic. It reminds me of a great mystery set in the time of Salinger's Franny and Zooey. The writing is gorgeous and dreamy, making it feel like a work of art, and the psychological, suspenseful elements keep you hooked. I had never read anything quite like it before. Highly recommend.

PODCAST: The High Low

This is such a fun, informative podcast. The hosts Pandora and Dolly are two energetic British journalists who have such great personalities and make the whole listening experience enjoyable. It’s a weekly pop culture podcast where they discuss a wide array of relevant topics. Hearing their opinions and discussion is always interesting and always makes me laugh.

MUSIC: HAIM

I LOVE HAIM! They are amazing and their music makes me happy. I went to their concert in Santa Barbara with my best friend and it was such a lovely, girl power filled weekend. They were incredible and fun to see live. I have been playing their music on repeat all month long!

WEAR: Bodysuits/Leotards

I must confess – sometimes I am very lazy to get dressed. I don’t want to have to think about the various components of what to wear and that’s why I love bodysuits. They are so easy and always look put together and sleek. I simply put on the leotard, pick out whichever pair of jeans or bottoms I am feeling, and then I am ready to go. They are also not very common so your outfit stands out, looks edgy and you put barely any thought into it. Win-win! I like the ones from Ballet Beautiful because they are good quality, have lots of different necklines and colors. 

MOVE: Hiking

I haven’t been feeling workout classes lately, so instead I have been hiking to keep active and it has been lovely. Getting outside, spending time in nature and breathing in fresh air has been so therapeutic. I listen to an interesting podcast or audio book and treat myself to a wonderful activity that is good for my body and soul.