AFTER 6 YEARS N LOS ANGELES, I MOVED MY FAMILY TO A 5,000 PERSON TOWN AND CAN NOW AFFORD THE LIFE WE DESERVE.
Photo by Renee Childs
In August 2015, my family left Los Angeles, which was alive with busy freeways and bustling restaurants. But this small community was alive with the sound of crickets, owls, and blowing trees. It was literally alive.
My husband and I spent years contemplating staying in Southern California, with its high cost of living, hit-or-miss public schools, and distance from family — we spent thousands of dollars flying back and forth to the Midwest to visit them. At a certain point, it became unrealistic for us to keep chasing what we thought was our dream.