On This Sunday: One Year Later

Scenes from my first day in the South Bay, one year ago today. (clockwise from top left) Downtown San Jose, Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Jose State University, San Jose City Hall

Scenes from my first day in the South Bay, one year ago today. (clockwise from top left) Downtown San Jose, Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Jose City Hall and San Jose State University

Never has a relocation to another city both lasted this long AND proved successful in the long run.

A year ago today, I made a very risky decision to move from L.A. to the Bay Area due to my prolonged difficulties in finding any kind of work. I had no job and no housing arrangements secured at the time I landed in San Jose that afternoon. Although many uncertainties lingered, I was fairly confident that the Bay Area is where my life and career held much better chances of improving than if I stayed in SoCal — where I spent most of my life.

Gradually, things really did pick up. I secured my current housing arrangements a day after I arrived, I found some temporary work through a temp agency during the winter months and I finally got my career back on track with my current job at MTCo in April. I would say what a difference a year makes but it was really the first six months that mattered most — the most crucial in establishing long-term survival and success.

I feel a lot better living in the Bay Area. I pretty much recovered from a three-year-long professional and personal slump in recent months although I have yet to be completely out of the woods just yet. Let’s see what the next 12 months have in store.

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