Moving to California…?
I live in Miami, Florida and can’t really seem to connect to much of anyone. Just returning from my trip to New York, I know there and here are places I never want to live, and made me realize how blind I was; every day Miami becomes more like New York City, the trees are razed and skyscrapers built in their place, the air is getting progressively filthier, artificial light and concrete all the more inescapable… I just realized that I wouldn’t want to live in NYC for anything and that the same applies to Miami. The city is insufferable and I found myself yearning for the feel of the earth between my toes and stricken with sadness by the endless concrete. I’ve lived a quarter of my life here in Florida and it’s long overdue for change. I go to school right now, community college, and there is a stagnant culture of unintellectualism and apathy, it is essentially high school part two, and the professors tailor the classes to suit the masses. That is, they try to get you out of their classes with the highest grade possible covering bullet points and never really going in depth on things. I hate it; I have basic studies blues. I just feel trapped and kind of want to just drop out and move on, and mind, body, soul, for whatever reason, is calling me to California. I guess I should research more on where I’d want to live there. I wouldn’t spend my whole life there, but I know that it will lead me in the right direction. People there are more health conscious, there are more farms, I love the weather, and have tapped into my intrinsic human affinity for nature and there is plenty of it there. People at large are more aware of the detrimental effects of GMO’s, etc. etc.. I’m exhausted physically, spiritually, and mentally as I write this and want to just get away, but I don’t know if I have the skill set to survive on my own. I’m pressured to go to school by the family, but institutionalized learning is such a drag. Florida’s not the place for me and I don’t know, I go to a crappy school due to being manhandled into going there by my parents, that and their divorce and the impact it had on finances, I just, Heh…
ps. apologies; I’m writing this as I’m sleep deprived and still haven’t recovered from my trip…
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I’m also planning to move to Cali. I’m from Delaware and after traveling for a few years, most of the amazing Americans I met were all from there, and they all only praised it. Does anyone have any suggestions on jobs, community living, farms?
@Man-of-the-Future, What part? I just moved to the Gables about two years ago.
@OmShanti, Could you tell me more about Humboldt that I couldn’t learn by visiting their website? I was thinking maybe I should live there awhile, apply for residency and go to a California school if I go to one. You make Arcata sound amazing and you’re fucking hilarious. And how expensive is the food? I assumed it’d be cheaper due to all the farms in California, at least compared to Florida food prices.
@Tarcey, I’m not moving to escape my problems, I’m moving to escape my environment and the people that populate it. And hmm, I had no idea about subletting! That’s a fantastic idea, thanks!!
@Bree019, A couple people have mentioned Colorado to me, could you tell me more about it? From what you’ve said it sounds good.
@toniolo, p.s. I love it here so far! It’s pretty cold for my standards (usually 60-70 F), but the people, sights, city, and food more than make up for it! Oh and it’s going to get really cold in the winter (30-50 F) so bring winter clothes!
@toniolo, advice! Well rent is expensive if you want to live in the city, just prepare yourself for that. In terms of where NOT to live the tenderloin is probably the worst place in the city. Public transport is really good here though so anywhere else you see and like should be fine. Hospitality jobs are amazingly easy to get and will be the best source of income if you can’t get a professional job yet. What else….that’s all I can think of, if you have more specific q’s just ask me.
I’ve lived in California all my life, started my first 18 years in Los Angeles (Glendale), went to Santa Cruz for a bit, then to Palmdale for two years, and finally I’ve been living at a small town that I absolutely love for almost two years — Arcata and I attend Humboldt State. I love my 5-20 minute access to everything — the forest, the beach, town, school, and my favorite microbrewery, Redwood Curtain. I ride my bike to work to school to home which are within a 4 mile radius. I’ve done it all, big city, midsize town, the desert, and the forest but if I would recommend a place to a 20-year old in California it would be Arcata. The people are super laid back although you will always meet people that are not in the same mindset are you intellectually. I live in a single bedroom apartment ($675) and pay half of it. The food is expensive. The grocery store that’s 5 blocks away sells organic/non-gmo foods. Every Saturday there is a farmer’s market at the plaza with slackliners slackin’, girls sunbathing without their tops – and the cops not giving a shit, and you know me munchin’ on my juicy peaches with leaves of Kale on the other hand after yoga class. I am so sad that I’ll be leaving this place pretty soon as I am living with my boyfriend that I met while I was over in Palmdale and he’s planning to go to grad school. If you got any questions, let me know!
@Epiphileon, “I do however wonder at the relevancy of age, do you seriously think only people born after 1989 get high? Or that the perspective of people older than that is irrelevant?”
1986 here. Turning 27 in 2 days and a couple hours. Holy hell, does that make me feel old that someone feels my generation is grumpy old men already :P
Born and raised in Volusia County I couldn’t wait to leave and finally broke free at two years ago at twenty. I moved out to Texas and have for two years moving about the state hiking, working, and now attending college at night. I expected change and to find people that want to change their place in life. Very sadly though this is not true. Whether home home, across the nation, or overseas you will be surrounded by people that will disapprove and disappoint. They are human and don’t want to be better. The area around Miami is amazing just try and spend weekends outside the city while your stuck there. Not everyone is privileged to live near so much water. Otherwise YES move. Its hard breaking away for home the first time, trust me. But the best thing to do is fill up the tank and head north by north west. I wish you luck. Don’t forget to find what your looking for in yourself
I’m all about California, I’m planning on moving out there in 6 months. I visited LA this summer and completely fell in love. California is expensive though, that’s my set back with moving.
Have you thought about Colorado? It would definitely be a change in weather, winter gets a little harsh but its beautiful. Fort Collins and Boulder are two of the happiest cities in the country and Colorado is one of the healthiest States. If connecting with nature and a healthier life style are what you’re looking for this is the place to be. I’ve lived here my entire life and I still find new things to get out and do/learn about.
Definitely do your research no matter where you decide to move and take a long hard look at the reasons you want to move before rushing into anything!
@theskafish, yeah San Diego is a really awesome city. Ocean Beach is a really hippie area with decent live music and very affordable rent. If you’re renting just a room in a share house it’s usually around $500-700 and will be walking/biking distance to the beach. Basically anywhere in CA that’s not LA, Orange County, or San Francisco has affordable rent.
@Shalalanovala, I just moved to San Francisco a few weeks ago. There’s a lot of progressive thinking here, but no matter where you go you won’t be able to escape all of your problems. However, it’s way easier to move somewhere than you think, all you have to do is do it! I suggest you move to somewhere in northern california, because so cal is like miami in a lot of ways. The weather isn’t quite as amazing up here, but you’ll find way more intelligent people who care about what’s going on in the world. Anyways the best way to start out is to find a sublet on craigslist so you can get a feel for the city and the areas before you sign a year lease. From there you can go job hunting and house hunting and just see if wherever you are is right for you. But more than anything else I think if you ever feel like you need a change in your life, then DEFINITELY make a change!!!! People go for too long feeling terrible about their life and fearing change when making one change is so much easier than anyone thinks. If you want more specific advice on cali just let me know!
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I’ve lived in SoCal for 22 years, (that’s my entire life.) I’ve jumped around, living, from the deserts to the beaches to the middle of the city’s to the middle of NOWHERE, and while i have enjoyed it, i long for some green and some forest! The grass is always greener on the other side, true, except i currently live in Downtown Los Angeles, and there is no grass, it’s all concrete… and the only stars you’ll see in LA are on the floors of Hollywood.
So it depends on what you want. If you want to be a city kid and like the fast pace 24/7 lifestyle, then Los Angeles is great. If you want suburbia, venture out a little further from the city to find it. Venice, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Ventura, Santa Barbra, Malibu, etc; Are all great places for hippy beach living.
I want to move to Northern California to be closer to nature,
But it’s whatever you want. I’m sure you’ll like it here. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in America other than California :)
I’m a native Californian, hailing from the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. I’ve been sort of stuck in Oklahoma for the past 13 years and want to return home. It is in fact my main ambition right now. What I’ve come to realize is that my time here in OK was what I needed spiritually, for a lot of complicated reasons. This have all sorted themselves how now and I’m ready to leave, grateful for what I’ve learned here. I’ve lived a lot of places on this planet, but the Santa Ynez Valley always calls me to return.
Best of everything to you!
Stockton has a public bad rep. I came here two years ago and found the progressive people and activities. 15 years ago I lived in Santa Cruz. Now it’s so different; I re-visited it and SF, Oakland, Berkley, etc. Change has happened, Stockton is the center of agriculture and it’s rep is so improving. Inside the city is the Delta that connects to the shipping channel to SF. Many waterways within the city, many wonderful old trees line streets like tunnels of strong trunks and full branches of leaves, enclosing the streets, and then there’s the love of colorful flowers/plants. Granted it does not have all the “coolness” of the others, but is in close proximity to them and it’s Cheaper to live here.
@Xtine, And monotony is sinking it’s dagger each day deeper into my heart living here. And heh, I would love to start my own business, online, though trying to figure out what exactly I’d like to sell. I just purchased Timothy Ferris’s “Four Hour Work Week”. I’m seriously considering dropping out, I don’t, school just isn’t right for me and is draining my energy and staining my soul.
@canadamagic, hahaha you do but you’ve made it sound quite enticing…
@Epiphileon, I agree with your take on teachers, but maybe I could just take classes outside college and on my own? Taking a look at Humboldt right now.
@josephm, While I wouldn’t say that it’s irrelevant because I wasn’t born before 1989, it’s [earthquakes] definitely not something that is in any way affecting my decision, for better or worse, not to steer this thread off topic.
@josephm, Well it seems to me relevant to why you think earthquakes are a laughing matter, I think if you had been in that one, you’d have a different opinion. Prior to that one, I’d been in a few, and actually thought they were pretty trippy. Loma Prieta was not, it was devastating and deadly, and relatively mild compared to what can be expected from the San Andreas.
I do however wonder at the relevancy of age, do you seriously think only people born after 1989 get high? Or that the perspective of people older than that is irrelevant? We are all sojourners on the path of life, freethinking minds no matter which direction they are in relative to to ones own position on that path, are valuable resources.