WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.
I’m a very creative person, and enjoy most forms of artistic self expression. In this vein, 10 years ago, I would’ve LOVED to live in LA. Three of my four brothers (whom I adore) live there, and the music, culture, craziness is right up my alley. But the man I’m married to was raised in a small town, and would rather be in rural America with his white picket fence, where you know every neighbor, and their cows… So we decided to stay here in Sacramento : nice compromise.
Fast forward 5 years – I realized that I had subconsciously resented Sacramento itself for not being LA. I hadn’t branch out, tried new things, gone new places here, because it’s ‘not going to be as good as if I were there’. Coming to a new place of self-discovery and quest for awareness, I chose to embrace and celebrate where I am and who I am. There’s something so genuine about mom & pop shops and putting a face and name with a business – they make our city what it is. I would much rather shake a man’s hand who founded his little suit shop 20-something years ago than go to a big department store.
Shopping and supporting local businesses (and causes) is important. Using the gifts and talents you have to better the people around you is important. In talking with a coworker, he was lamenting that so many talented, innovative, creative minds have been born & raised here in Sacramento, but take their gifts to cities that are already established in those areas. It is great to meet people who are staying here and impacting Sacramento in a lasting way by helping it become a city to be proud of. Writing here is part of that pursuit for me – to bring about awareness and enthusiasm for the locals. We have some amazing people here that could change this city.
Be one of them.
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