I grew up in Southern California, where about 24 million people live including my family and friends. From elementary school to college, I lived with my mom, who was a single parent, working hard to give me the best life she could. She taught me many things, including how to dream and believe that good things do happen. Since the end of high school and into my early college days, I began dreaming about other ways of life and how people in other states lived. I dreamed of traveling and meeting new people. Experiencing the world and all it had to offer.
When I was graduating college, I realized I didn’t want stay in this “bubble” anymore. I wanted to explore and live someplace else. I always felt that I was born a city girl, but secretly wanted to be a country girl. I wanted to live in a town with less than 100,000 people in it and I want to see more than just buildings. I wanted to see the countryside and trees and rolling hills and animal roaming free. I felt like I wanted more. I wanted to roam free. I felt the steady pace of the city I was living in and I felt my life was going a mile a minute with no slowing down in sight. Living in a big city, life seems to pass you by and I wanted to slow that down, so I could enjoy it more.
When I graduated college, a friend of mine lived in Central Oregon and she invited me to come visit. I went for a few days and feel in love with the place, as most do now a days. It was slower, people were friendlier, the scenery was breath taking and I just knew I wanted to be there. A few months later, I decided to take a leap and called my friend and asked her if I could come up and live with her in CO. I am a firm believer in fate and if things are meant to be then it will happen. I said if I could find a job then I will go. After a few weeks, I found a job and I knew that it was meant to happen. I knew that I had to take this chance, otherwise I would regret it. So, I packed as much stuff as I could fit in my car, along with my little dog, and we moved to Central Oregon.
It was a scary jump to make. I left my entire family including my mom, whom I am very close with to go on this journey. A journey I needed to take. It wasn’t easy, but it was SO worth it. I feel like it changed my life.