Elasticity: flexibility; resilience; adaptability.
This journal was created on September 23, 2019 although I have been an LJ member since 17 years. I created a new journal because sadly many LJ users have jumped ship leaving my friends page a ghost town. As I get older, I am realizing I am much happier with a smaller and closer-knit group of friends on and offline. I prefer to have LJ friends who are active and 27+. This is my safe place, many of the LJ friends I've had have become in real life friends that I've had for over a decade.
Since I'll be adding new people here's some facts about me:
My name is Stephanie. I'm 31 years and have been living in Los Angeles for 8 years. I live with my two roommates and 2 cats. I plan to move somewhere in Florida September 2020. I work as a hostess at a lounge. I'm currently in grad school for Mental Health Counseling and just finished my first year. I've been single for many years although I am pretty attached to a guy I've never met in person but have talked to for 3.5 years that plans on moving near me soon. My family lives in Florida, I have a mom & dad who are separated, and brother who suffers from mental illness. I love to travel and take 1-2 international trips a year.
Since July 2019 I have been trying to transition my life from the LA party girl who has no stability to a simpler life. This includes paying off lots of debt I irresponsibly accrued, saving money, making straight A's at school, quitting my job when I move next year, getting rid of superficial friendships and repairing my relationship with my parents, preparing myself to move again across the country and become a counselor eventually. My job and LA lifestyle for the past 7 years has been full of partying, celebrities, flings, a traumatic relationship and break up, insane opportunities, and just a complete wild ride that sometimes feels like a dream. I truly lived up my 20s and have little regrets. However, now I do feel somewhat lost. I am ready for this new chapter of "Adulthood" and just want to enjoy the simple things in life. I hope to start settling down around 35.
I created this journal in hopes I could also find 30-somethings or those who were also life-transitioning and willing to share their journeys. Of course I am willing to add anyone over the age of 27 that I vibe with. I am very honest in my journal and I expect it to be a safe place, as I give others that same courtesy. Social media gives me a lot of anxiety and LJ just has always been a home for me to share my thoughts. I would like to start transitioning away from social media and start being more active here.
Welcome new friends :)