As an Orange County native, growing up, I often took for granted how incredibly stunning my surroundings were . Being predominantly raised in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, I stayed close to home until I graduated college. With my studies winding down at California State University Long Beach, I noticed I had acquired a travel itch that desperately needed to be scratched. I spent three adventure packed summers backpacking across Europe. On my final return I made the spontaneous decision to leave the OC and my family behind. What began was an unintentional 15 year somewhat nomadic existence in which I resided in places such as Maui, Chicago, Napa, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong. A few years ago, exhausted from countless moves, I ended up settling back in the place I so desperately wanted to flee in my early 20's. I often wonder why I ever left Orange County to begin with, and even more importantly, why did it take me so long to get back here? Coming full circle, I have a renewed passion for everything Orange County. I feel fortunate that I made my way back to our beautiful Southern California coast. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz got it right when she said, "there’s no place like home." I love where I live!