I remember in high school, the kids who could not wait to get OUT of Oklahoma. They were ready to escape and move to ‘the big city.’ Yeah, that wasn’t me. I honestly thought I’d live in Oklahoma forever. It was great…all my friends were there, it had Sonic and Chick-fil-a, Sooner football, and well, that’s about it.
In 2003, I made the move to Madison, WI for a job. I knew no one in Madison but instantly fell in love with it during my visit for my final interview in early September. Farmer’s market, Badger football, and the fall weather sealed the deal for me. I made the move away from ‘home’ for the first time to this foreign land of cheese and beer. *Sidenote–‘Beer’ to me was Natty Light and Bud Light which I acquired a taste for in college. Thanks Madison for expanding my beer horizons!* Then…winter reared it’s ugly head. No really. In Wisconsin, Winter lasts about 3 months longer then you wish it would.
Madison was alright, but it never really felt like ‘home’ for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but after 4 and a half years, I’ve made the move to northern California. It’s beautiful here…always sunny, warm, and the happy people definitely adds to the beautifulness.
The trip out here was epic, totaling 3400 miles and 2 weeks on the road:
- Madison, WI–>Saginaw, MI to visit mom and step-dad one last time. Great timing as my step-dad was rushed to the emergency room the day before I left and our dog died the same day. STRESSFUL!
- Saginaw, MI–>St. Louis, MO with Mom as she joined me for the roadtrip to Oklahoma. We stayed overnight in St. Louis, where I experienced my first earthquake. I consider it prep for CA, however I slept through it.
- St. Louis, MO–>Oklahoma City/Edmond, OK where I crashed with my BFF for a week and saw family and friends and even friends’ babies. 🙂 And of course I had Sonic while I was home. I missed Chick-fil-a though. What was I thinking?
- Oklahoma City–>Las Vegas with the BFF. We got in late, gambled for a few hours, crashed for a few hours and then got on the road again. I left with the same amount of money I started with which is better than it could’ve been.
- Las Vegas to San Jose, CA where I met my new roommates (3 great guys) for the first time. San Jose is only a temporary home for 3 months as I have a friend from Madison moving out in August for a job and we’re looking for a place closer to the city. WOOO!
I am really loving California life. It’s not what I thought it would be. Working with start-ups, I figured it would be competitive, backstabbing, snarky, and mean. However, it’s quite the opposite. People here love what they’re doing, which is something I believe in with my whole heart. I’m sure I’ll post more about this later.
California feels good, but it’s still new. I’m excited to be here, meet new people, and look forward to seeing what California and I can offer each other.