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Remember that terrifying feeling when you had to leave your parents for the first time to trot off to a little place called college? I certainly do. I mean, a Southern Belle heading up to the unknown North? Horrified was an understatement. Hey y’all!

But nothing {absolutely nothing} could have prepared me for the pain and the scaries I was presented with this past June. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t leaving my family…I was leaving my amazing + loyal friends in NYC. And when you live away from your family in a big city and see them maybe only a few times each year, maybe even just holidays, your good friends actually become your main trust and confidants.

Nothing can ever duplicate the relationships and the #living moments I’ve had with my NYC friends, but when you’re placed with an opportunity to grow {even if that means moving to the other side of the country, which feels like the other side of the world sometimes with the time change}, you take it. You got for it, with a huge Baker smile, of course. And although it’s been telling how some friends have reacted {or even reached out} post move, I’ve learned the most important thing is how you grow from the past, and how you {from what my parents always told me} pull up your big girl panties and just deal with it. Which brings me to LA…

The decision to move was incredibly spontaneous and exciting for me, with a little cherry on top of being truly terrified at the exact same time. It was my chance to grow into a new industry, and who knows, even {just maybe!} make a few more friends! But the welcoming faces I was immediately introduced with was beyond. They were all so genuinely nice to me, which was very helpful with all the fresh goodbyes and new move. So, for my First Annual LA Friendsgiving {it would have been my 5th year in NYC!}, I decided to amp it up a bit to really kick off my new West Coast entrance. Heck, I even hired a banjo player to play in a headdress!

And although I had no idea what pilgrims would actually walk through that front gate last Thursday night or how I would pull it off with getting strep {don’t worry, Twerkahontas was on antibiotics!} the day before, this year’s First Annual LA Friendsgiving was more successful than I could have ever hoped. Bonjour!

My favorite moments? No content required. The pictures

{by Shari Hoffman} tell all!:

Whether you’re trying to get creative on your own Thanksgiving dinner or Friendsgiving tonight, or are trying to decide whether or not to make a big future move, this Twerkahontas says go for it. I continuously tell people that LA was the best decision I’ve ever made. Hola! I’m not kidding…it really was. And thanks to these fantastic pilgrims I’ve met out here, this big city of a place officially feels like home to me.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, y’all!xoxo

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