At the end of 2013, everything came to an end for me. My web design internship ended mid-December and I needed to find a new place to live by the end of the year. I was a bit overwhelmed for awhile, but trusted that everything would work out. The night before I went home to Pennsylvania for Christmas, I was shown a sublet that I ended up getting. Almost all the places I’ve lived at have all come up at the last minute. I’m not sure if that says more about me, or San Francisco…
I am now living in the Sunset, a generally more affordable, residential area on the West side of the city, far from downtown. It is near Golden Gate Park and is conveniently close to MUNI transportation to get downtown fast, both of which I appreciate. Even though it is literally a living room that has been partitioned off by a curtain, it still is better than the place I lived for the last six months in almost every way. I will be here for at least two months, but probably longer assuming all goes well.
Going home for Christmas was a treat, to say the least. Catching up with friends and family was just like it has always been, as if we never left. I missed my pets terribly, and spent as much time with them as I could, taking way too many pictures of our cats, as usual. My mom and I had tears walking into our home. There is still so much love in the house my father built over ten years ago. It was designed for kids to grow up in, and now my cousins are the ones filling the rooms with laughter and squabbles like my siblings and I always did. It means so much to me and my family to know that legacy is being carried on.
I didn’t have as much anticipation coming to SF as I did the first time I flew out. Although still exciting, the city is now familiar to me. It is hard to leave a place of comfort for something unknown. That’s why not many people do it. When I first came out here, I was in search of a job. Now, I am finding my entrepreneurial spirit once more. I am pursuing freelance work in the form of contract positions and recurring work with companies, rather than doing my own work for small businesses. I think this will yield better, more immediate results than job searching. Perhaps it will lead to new connections or even a full-time job.
This past year was an exciting time for me; in many ways it was a turning point. This year, I am taking everything that I learned last year and starting over, again. In 2014, I am building on the mountains that I conquered in 2013. I’m convinced that this is the beginning of something great.