Southern California Life - Living in Orange County

I say quite a bit how I can't wait to move out of California. There are so many states that I want to live in, at least for a little bit. I have spent the majority of my life here in Southern California and I am always wanting to try something new. I find it funny when I hear even more from people I talk to how they wish they could move to Southern California. "Why in the world would you want to move anywhere else?", they ask (that question was especially popular a few years ago when I told people in Las Vegas that I would soon be moving there). I can name a few reasons, but I think it is more the fact that I was born and raised here and I like change. Most of my family would shudder at this thought. They can't imagine themselves anywhere else. They thought I was even more crazy when I tried to get a couple of them to move to Kentucky while I lived out there for a little while. The truth is, there has been something I have loved about every city and every state I have lived in. There is something beautiful to be found in every state coast to coast...scenery, people, cultures...and I love to experience it all.

I guess if California weren't so over-crowded and expensive to live in, I would feel different. When I lived in San Diego for a year, it was probably the best time of my life. I'm not sure if it was because I was in a beautiful city or because I had some pretty amazing memories. Probably, both. And no matter what kind of urges I get to try something new, the fact is that this is my home. This is where I am now with the people I love most.

Like many other Southern Californians, there are amenities that I take for granted. Disneyland is less than 15 minutes away from me. I even had an annual pass a few years back that got used once - the day I bought it. There are two beaches that are, at most, ten minutes away from where I live. There are two more that are five to ten minutes further (this of course being on a good day with no traffic...it does happen sometimes). South Coast Plaza (an upscale-luxury shopping center and California's largest mall) is just down the street. Then there are the other hundreds of attractions and destination spots. So all in all, I can't complain too much. The scenery is nice and there is always something to do. Spending most of my life here, these are the kinds of things I have not appreciated as much as I should have. The kinds of things that I miss when I am in another state. The kinds of things I am sure I will miss when the kids are older and Jon and I are ready to travel and settle somewhere else.

So with that being said, I am determined to appreciate and make the most of every moment here - from theme parks, recreational parks and beaches...to the hundreds of famous restaurants, historical sites and landmarks...and blog about it along the way, of course! Whether you are a California resident or not, I hope you can appreciate the beauty that comes from this state...just as I love and appreciate the beauty from other states and places all over the world...which I plan on blogging about as I visit those places as well.


  1. I love living in Louisiana even though we get a bad wrap. I would however love for us to have some weather like y'all sometime.

  2. Yes, I am going to bloom where I am planted too. At least for a while. (Although the landlocked midwest is not quite as appealing as beaches and southern California fun!) The truth is, I talk a lot about moving somewhere better, but I think I just like to visit and come back home. My sister just moved to south Florida, and doesn't miss the midwest at all though... Beautiful photos!