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17 Months in California

April 28th, 2012 by Aisha

I had no idea what was going to happen when I moved to California 17 months ago. All I knew was that I needed a change and that no matter what happened I would always have Minnesota to fall back on. That beautiful midwestern city that has supported and nurtured me my whole life. But, the sunny days and idea of spending quality time alone atop a mountain was calling. I packed up my car and headed west to Los Gatos, California

. After 5 months of working at my jewelers bench everyday, traveling out of town every chance I got (about every two weeks) and doing a little consulting work for Nunn Design, I was ready for a little more structure to my schedule, which was a surprise to me.

I landed a job at by chance and started March 1st of 2011. Who knew that this opportunity would be the life preserver I needed to give me a kick in the butt. Working with inspiring and truly supportive people has been a wonderful experience. Working for a company that nurtures your creativity and individuality is an experience that will forever change the way I work with others. I am happy to go to work everyday and feel a part of an awesome team.

I am now writing a jewelry making book for Interweave Press with the encouragement and support of many friends, I continue to make jewelry for my Everthine Jewelry shop, starting a dog tag shop on Esty called Fetch, and working at Beaducation. I continue to travel a lot and love seeing new places and experiencing new things all the time.

I guess the purpose of this rant is to say… taking the chance was the right choice. The opportunities, experiences and work that I am doing is challenging and I am learning priceless lessons. And, I am homesick and miss my family and friends everyday, and every time it gets hard, it takes a lot of courage to not run home to Minnesota. But, I wouldn’t change a thing, these last 17 months has taught me more about myself and the world around me then I’ve ever learned before.

Atop Santa Cruz Mountain looking west toward the Pacific.

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One Response

  1. Molly @ The F-Spot

    I did the same thing, Aisha! I left the security of the Midwest (Kansas City, in my case) and took a chance on California.

    I said to myself — and every family member and friend who begged me not to go — that I never wanted to look back on my life and wonder “what if?” because I didn’t take the risk.

    California feels like home!

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