I recently returned from a whirlwind spring break trip to Japan––more later––and my favorite teen-author philanthropist and guest blogger has big, news too! A new clothing line? Read on!
My life has been pretty hectic lately. I just moved to Los Angeles from our 20-acre ranch in Solvang. It’s been exciting and sad because I miss my horses and my friends. But, I’m already meeting a lot of new and nice friends and will be going to a part-time high school. I am pretty nervous but excited to start the 11th grade, however, it is a new school and over 3100 kids. There are a lot more opportunities here for my family and me, so I’m very excited for what’s to come.
We will still go back and forth to Santa Ynez to visit friends, ride my horse, and eat at our favorite restaurants. My sister and I still have really good friends there and they have been visiting us here in Los Angeles as well, which has been fun for them. I’m also trying to see if I can move my horse to Calabasas and keep her at my friend’s ranch so that I can be closer to her.
I have a busy summer and will try to finish my book, and carry two jobs, do club volleyball and squeeze in a trip to Europe and New York hopefully. I’m also driving now and have my permit so I will be able to get around LA a lot more once I get my drivers license. My sister and I have a clothing line called Iconic Los Angeles and it is growing quite rapidly. We already sold out on our first shipment of sweatshirts. I also am really enjoying shopping but I definitely am needing two jobs to support my new habit.
I am loving taking different work out classes like soul cycle, plate fit, pilates, and yoga. Although life is fun here, it is definitely more fast paced and crazy. Driving around Los Angeles is crazy and I really just realized this when I went back to Solvang and was driving on the quiet country roads. My dad is a builder and we are living in construction as we build our house and that is not fun, so we are going to be moving out into a temporary house or hotel soon.
I am home-schooled, so it is hard to do work in the house because of all of the noise. I can’t wait to update you soon on what my exciting new LA journey brings me. I’m so thankful to be living this new amazing life and getting to start a new journey. Our non-profit Strength behind Stars is participating and teaming up with my very first singing coach from Newport Beach for a concert this summer. I can’t wait to be a part of that. I will update you all soon after the concert and let you know how it went.
Wow, Alyssa, I can’t even keep up with all of your amazing activities! Good for you for getting out there, being a positive world-changer, and donating your time and talents to so many worthy projects.
Alyssa Antoci is the sixteen-year-old author of an anti-bullying children’s book called The Purple Marble. She speaks regularly in schools as an anti-bullying advocate. She also has a charity called Just a Little Cloth Children’s Charity, where they donate fancy dresses to underprivileged girls because every young girl deserves to feel beautiful. Follow her on Instagram @alyssabantoci.