North Carolina is my home, that I’ve never lived in.
Both of my parents are from North Carolina, Charlotte and the Eastern Part of the state. As a kid, summer meant a trek to Appalachia, visiting Asheville and venturing cross the border to Gatlinburg. Fall meant going to the Coast, Topsoil Beach. And so many visits and weeks spent in Charlotte, some summers I felt I lived there.
I always joke that my mom went to grad school (Georgia) and got lost which is how I ended up being a Georgia girl. Now in the San Francisco Bay Area, I admit I really miss home. Working in the solar world and seeing North Carolina become the leader in Southern sustainability has assured me that everything in life does in fact happen for a reason.
I left the South in search of change, direction as a young engineer. Found myself in California and a new revived desire for the details and practicality of my career in a new(to me) industry: solar and energy efficiency.
Currently I’m working as I did get hired on for a month after my Americorps service ended. So I’m also searching for a job, due to the connections I’ve made and the fact it’s hard to convince employers these days to hire you when you’re 2000 miles away from home, I get the feeling I’ll be working here in Cali. Which I’m happy to do, I love the Bay and will be content for the next couple years to be here. Plus, I can gain more experience and become a more viable candidate in my field whenever I make it back home. 20 months ago