I know that now.
I’m from DC, but I belong in The Town.
Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco, but I left my soul in Oakland when I moved to Atlanta in 2018.
I didn’t know how much I longed for the bay until I heard a song from Lalah Hathaway entitled Boston. Coincidentally, this song was an ode to the east coast. She hated the west and missed The Charles. I was hating the east and missing my lake. Her sentiment for her favorite city summed up my feelings perfectly. I felt like I found this song at the best time. Music truly heals and Lalah's voice is timeless.
I love my family and my friends but my soul comes first and there’s something about this gritty, expensive and culturally robust city that makes my soul come alive. I do my best work in Oakland. I’m focused and dedicated to my dreams here.
I originally moved here from DC in 2014. It was a struggle (understatement alert) to get settled in Oakland, but once I finally did, I felt right at home. Warm (in comparison to the east coast) winters and cool humidity-free summers made me fall for the bay. All kinds of vegan food, bomb concerts, outdoor festivals, always something to do and see. . .why would I ever leave?
I left because I felt a pull back to the east and I am not one to ignore my instincts. Turns out I needed that pull because without it, I would’ve always wondered what if. Now, I have my answers. I have all of the answers that I need.
The answer is Oakland.
"If you truly find your heart somewhere, you better take it with you where you go."
I’m back baby! Enjoy these pics from the Bay Area Mac Down from February. It was good to vend my natural skincare products at this event. I saw old friends and customers and made some new friends and customers along the way. Shop my scrub and body butters right now on Etsy!
Next up? Vegan Bayground on 4/20 at Jack London Square! See ya there!