Check out Katina’s story that finds her calling Fresno home no matter where she hangs her hat:
I was born and raised in Fresno. I call it home (even though I live in Los Angeles). I make a trip Home every month to visit my family and friends, and to relive my old memories while I drive around. I moved away in 2010 because I married a man that was from Los Angeles, and was already set in his career. Since I was newly graduated from CSUF, it would have been easier for me to uproot and move. I never thought it was going to be as difficult for me to leave as it truly was. I think about Fresno on a daily basis. I think about my drives to Sky Harbor with my friends to star gaze, or a nice picnic in Woodward Park, or a girls gathering at Teazer’s in The Tower District once or twice a week, or even my nightly Dutch Bros. on the way home from school. I miss home! Sometimes I wish I had never moved away, and instead insisted that my husband move to Fresno, but it is what it is and I am now in Sherman Oaks, CA – constantly thinking about Fresno and how much I love it there. Do I regret living in Southern California? Not entirely. Do I hurt from how much I miss Fresno? Yes, quite often. Would I move back if there was a great job opportunity for me? IN.A.HEARTBEAT!!!!! I think the one thing I miss the most is how everyone in Fresno actually looks out for one another and cares. Here in Los Angeles, you could have fallen on the sidewalk and NO ONE would come to help. I’m not used to that. However, as I stated previously, I look forward to my trips home once a month because I actually feel as though I am in a place that I belong in.
Katina has inspired me to re-visit Sky Harbor and perhaps take my kids, it has been years since I have been. Thanks Katina!!
I love where I live, and I also love what I do. I'm lucky to be able to work in a profession in which I get to build relationships; one that has me meeting new people each and every day and helping them to build new lives in my beloved city. I'm lucky enough to work in a profession in which I can marry cutting-edge technologies and marketing techniques to good, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone work. I am lucky enough to work in a profession that allows me to work as an advocate for my clients; to use every tool at my disposal to get a job done well for them, and with as little stress and expense as possible.
I love my city. I love my job. One inspires my excellence for the other.
Fresno? I say FresYES