What do you get when you cross Instagram, a contractor and a 9-to-5?  Honestly, I have no idea because that entire riddle is asinine.  But I’ll tell you what you don’t get.  You don’t get a blog.  Or, more accurately, you do not get an individual (i.e. me) who has any time to write.  For those of you who have been waiting for the return of The LA Survival Guide with bated breath (which, hopefully, was no one because the 6+ month wait time would definitely have rendered you unconscious), I feel as if I owe you some sort of explanation.  A reasoning for my long absence on the occasion of my return.  It’s pretty simple really.  I acquired a home.  Said home required a 2 week remodel.  Which lasted for 4 months.  And although I wasn’t hammering up the drywall myself (I truthfully don’t even know what that means; in my mind, you’re hitting a wall, which is dry, with a hammer), remodeling was like a full-time job.  When you coupled that with my actual full-time job, time off became a memory of the past.  And then there is my boyfriend, Instagram.  No, I don’t actually have a boyfriend named Instagram, but the app might as well be my significant other for the amount of time I spend on it.  It is a well-known fact (at least in the blogging world) that a blog and social media go hand in hand.  What is not a well-known fact is how time-consuming social media can be.  And I’m not talking about scrolling through your friends pretty pictures.  Heck, I haven’t done that in months.  I’m talking about curating content, interacting with your followers, reaching out to other accounts, etc.  The sheer amount of time that I dedicate to Instagram is embarrassing.  But, only in the real world.  Because, in the blogosphere, it’s the norm.  Expected, even.  And it is paying off.  My numbers are climbing, I’m getting collaborations daily and I’ve made an awesome group of like-minded influencer friends.  The downside, of course, is that it has taken me away from the catalyst of it all and my one true creative outlet- my blog.  Which I’ve missed.  And now that the remodel is done and I’m more or less settled in, I should have a bit more time on my hands to get back to it.  I can’t promise the daily articles of my past.  But, I can promise to make a solid effort to post content on a regular basis.  Not just for you, but for me, as well.  Because it feels good to have a project; I’m nothing if I’m not creating.  And I’m just getting started.


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Photos by Michele LoBosco

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