Despite the excruciating cost of living, opposing political views, and soul crushing traffic, I love living in California. The perpetual sunshine, the chill vibes, and the scenic views are unparalleled. It’s all a dream, and I feel so lucky to call this place home.
Over the last 12 months, I have received job offers out of state (Florida), and while they may have been great opportunities, I quickly declined. It would take a lot to get me to leave the golden state. I am a California girl to the core, and I don’t intend on changing that any time soon.
Still not convinced? Here’s why I love California.
1) The weather. For starters, I wasn’t built for the cold (more specifically, the snow). Where I live in California rarely dips below 60 degrees, and when it does I can’t hang. I despise any elements other than sunshine, so I feel lucky to live in the climate that I do.
2) Varying beach scenes. I love that in Northern California you get rocky beaches with cliffs and lush trees, and in Southern California you get sandy beaches and warmer water. It’s the best of both worlds, depending on your preference.
3) It’s home to some of my all-time favorite spots. Palm Springs, Big Sur, Napa County, San Fransisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Corona Del Mar are some of my favorite places ever– and they’re all so close to home.
4) Wine. California is home to some pretty damn good wine and agriculture, which earns an A+ in my book.
5) Mexican food. Traveling out of state makes me appreciate our cuisine. California really does have some of the best Mexican food, which of course is my favorite.
6) The good vibes. We have a reputation here for being more laid back, and I ain’t mad about it.
7) You get the mountains and the ocean. Obviously, I’m an ocean girl, but California does it both. From where I live, I can be in the mountains in 3 hours and on the coast in just over an hour.
8) The surf culture. I love everything about the ocean, and the activities that come with it (especially surfing). Whether I’m watching from the cliffs, or paddling out, there’s something about the surf culture that feels like home.
9) Country roots. While I love the coast, I will always be rooted in small farm towns, bonfires, boots, and country music. And California has plenty of that to go around.
10) It’s home to my family. About 95% of my family lives in California, which is reason enough for me to never want to leave.