I remember watching the tv show OC a few years ago and imagining what life would be like in southern California. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be lucky enough to visit. I was still a poor university student at the time and my idea of the good life was eating at T.G.I. Fridays at the casino in downtown Halifax. Even that was way out of my price range but we made an exception every couple of months. When I met Darren, my entire concept of reality went out the window. I was always an unrealistic dreamer and attempted the impossible, but within 6 months of meeting my now husband, we had quit our jobs in eastern Canada, sold everything we owned and moved to southern California. I was actually here. Our first stop when we arrived, before even finding a place to rent, was Newport Beach. Regardless of what happened from that moment, I at least set foot on Newport Beach. I never thought we would be able to afford to own a home here so renting was the next best thing. We even moved back east for a year because the thought of buying a house in SoCal seemed so out of our reach. But as I type this post, I am sitting in my own home in Orange County, California. Yep, the same OC I never thought I would visit I can now call my home.
We moved in on July 1st. From the first moment I walked into the house, I knew I could call it home. It’s small with a tiny backyard, but it is in the heart of Aliso Viejo and close to our dear friends. The neighborhood is full of children playing in the community and the corner lot gives us lots of light and air. When I look out the window in the living room and see the palm trees, it makes me smile and sometimes laugh because I am so giddy.
The house was turn-key so it doesn’t require any maintenance or fixing but we’re excited to make furniture and other DIY projects. I chose colors for the living room today and already bought paint to change the coffee table. I look forward to making a rug for the front door as well. Darren’s first project will be a tv stand and then a dining room table. He will come up with the plans and do all the building and I will do all the painting and finishing touches. Our likes compliment each other perfectly.
Everyone has a different version of complete happiness. Maybe you prefer the seasons of north eastern US. Maybe you prefer the skiing in western Canada. This is our happy place. We consciously thought about every possible option for living in the world and chose southern California, but I’m still in shock that this is my reality. I will continue to travel and explore the world but it is like I’m on constant vacation when I can call this home.