Well to be more specific, we moved to Rocklin a small city right outside of Sacramento. It has been a little over a week, and it’s finally starting to feel like home.
But to be honest, I didn’t always have these warm fuzzy feelings for our new adopted city. During our apartment search, this was the last place I wanted to move to.
Coming from the SF Bay Area, I was afraid that Sacramento would be too slow. Too much open space. But it turned out the opposite is true. After we moved to Rocklin, I instantly felt calmer. The first thing I noticed was the quiet. In the beginning, the silence felt deafening. The first night we moved into our apartment I turned to Mustafa, and told him it was way too quiet. I missed the constant rush of noise form the street traffic right outside our window in Pleasant Hill.
Then a funny thing started happening. A few days later the quiet began to feel soothing, instead of stifling and the open space calming. My head felt clearer, and I could focus better when writing.
Why we moved
This move was part of a major life shift for us, that we had been planning for awhile. Burnt out from work, Mustafa wanted to change his career and pursue an importing business. When I got a new technical writing job, and our lease was coming to an end, we took it as a sign and decided the timing was right.
One of the main things was that we now were depending on one salary, and needed to find a cheaper apartment. San Diego was a possibility, but we realized that what we could get for in Sacramento was way better (hello in-unit washer and dryer).
So Rocklin it was.
Finding our apartment
We found our current apartment on our second trip back to Sacramento. It was the final stop at the end of a seemly endless day of discouraging apartment visits. We were looking in Sacramento and nearby Roseville, and a lone apartment in Rocklin remained on the list, but we weren’t sure about it since it seemed SO far away from Sacramento. Cold and tired, we weren’t expecting much at that point, but it turned out we loved it immediately.
Our apartment is a lot bigger than our old one, and is recently renovated. It’s surprising how much difference a non-temperamental dishwasher will impact your life or a tiny coat closet where you can hang your jacket right when you come in. We have a washer and drier in a separate laundry room right off of the kitchen, and it makes a world of difference not having to drag your overflowing laundry basket to the community laundry room only to realize all the washers are in use. It’s the little things.
The best part though is the open space. There’s wetlands right behind our apartment where the sounds of flocks of geese has become our new background noise. And all that space equals dramatic sunsets, where it feels like the whole sky is filled with color.
I have a good feeling about this new chapter in our lives. Most importantly, I’m excited to share with you guys a different part of California, one that doesn’t get nearly enough credit. I’m planning on creating more videos on our lives in Rocklin (as well as the usual blog posts) and the local adventures we go on. Cannot wait to show you around!