1 Year San Francisco-versary

Sunday, March 19, 2017

When I moved to Monterey Bay in the Summer of 2013, I used to make frequent trips to San Francisco. The next Summer, if I wasn't working I was in San Francisco almost every weekend.

Every time I left, it was like a sad goodbye because I was in a long distance relationship with San Francisco.

I didn't mind the chaotic driving. Or how no matter how many times I walked the hill on California street, I was still going to be out of breath. In rain, sun, or fog, I've always loved San Francisco.

So, here I am 1 full year later on my San Francisco-versary in a full on cohabitation relationship with San Francisco.

I still get butterflies when I drive in and see the skyline from bridge to bridge. Or when I go to Twin peaks at night and the city lights makes it feel like Christmas in March. Currently I drive around my neighborhood and see all the wild flowers in bloom from the rain storms that eliminated our severe drought. I feel the love from the community I have created from Los Angeles through the San Francisco county line.

I love the little cafe's sprinkled in every district with its own best dish or drink & personality.

And just like any relationship, although my honeymoon phase is over, I still think it's worth the effort.

The cost of everything. The long lines. The traffic. All worth it to live in a place where I don't have to choose between city or nature. Or 1 type of food, music, sport, or social group...Because we legitimately, have it all.

I always say it's amazing what can happen in a year.

A year ago, I quit my job I had been at for almost 3 years because I needed to re-make my life from the inside out. A year ago, I was crying in the elephant bar parking lot over a failed relationship where my new work place was right across from his (Shout out to C and A...for letting me be a miserable mess at dinner). A year ago, I was living with a family of strangers commuting into a job that I adored, but couldn't survive on in the most expensive city in the U.S....and to be honest, a little bored at.

And as I have been re-making my life from the inside - out, there are some things that will never change. I may never catch my breath when walking up the hills on California street. I may never learn to parallel park on the first try. I will never own a home here and my bank account will likely always be a joke and make any other person feel good about their life, you're welcome!

But it feels damn good to be creating my own art, living in my dream city, surrounded by hustlers, dreamers, artists, students, activists, and anyone who has dared to live outside everything we've been socialized on how to earn, live, and create.

I know in my heart, this phase doesn't last forever, but best believe I am going to soak in everything San Francisco still has to offer in rain, shine, or our beloved fog.

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