You Are A Hidden Beauty Waiting to Be Discovered



You are a story made of journeys and scars and pain and there is something incredible about you. You may not see it, you may not feel it, you may not even believe it, but you are hidden beauty of the most incredible proportions. And the truth is, you need someone who helps you see it. You see, the wrong people, they would like nothing more than for you to never see how incredible you are because how else would they be able to control you?

Others will want you to believe you are less. Pull you down to their level and belittle you. They want you to think you are anything but the sun that you are. They pull at your flaws and make you believe how lucky you are to have them because who else would put up with flaws like this? Who else would be okay with your scars and with the baggage you carry with you?

Well I have news for them. YOU. YOU will be okay with the baggage you carry. You will not just put up with your flaws, you will love them. YOU will be the best thing that has ever happened to you or the worst and that is your decision. You need to surround yourself with people who have big hearts, big souls and understand you, and the hidden beauty you are. People who revel in your beauty, rather than bring you down. People who understand that you are a warm, bright thing full of love that needs to be shared.

Find yourself. Find yourself in books and stories and TV shows and movies and the night sky and the forest and the walks in the rain and everything else that makes you feel beautiful, even if it is for a moment, for a second, for a day. Then find the people who never let you forget that, who always help you shine.

You are hidden beauty. You just need to see it, darling. You just need to see it.

via You Are Hidden Beauty Waiting To Be Discovered — Thought Catalog

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Cost of California Living

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I want to move back to California. I have considered moving back for a while. My ideal location to live would be Silicon Valley to catapult my career forward. However, to make this a possibly I have to  do due diligence to gather information of what income I need for a substantial life.

Below are just broad references. I would look deeper into the details for the area I am looking to relocate to.

USA Today – PERSONAL FINANCE
7 most expensive states to live in the U.S.

6. California
Cost of Living Index: 127.1
Grocery Index: 113.6
Housing Index: 176.7
Utilities Index: 113.6
Transportation Index: 111.1
Health Index: 109.7
Misc.: 106.2
The median home value in the sunny state is $429,000, and homes generally list for a median price of $425,000 ($256 per square foot). As a renter, you’re looking at a median rent of almost $1,900 and housing and rent prices in some California cities — like San Francisco — are among the highest in the nation.
Dinner and a movie for you and a guest may very well come with a $100 price tag. Basic food items, like milk, bread, and eggs, are going to cost you a pretty penny, as well. In San Fran, you may pay close to 4 bucks for a regular old loaf of bread.
Utilities, however, are not as high as they are in some of the other expensive states. In San Fran, you may just be able to keep your lights and water on in a small apartment for less than $100 per month. All in all, living in California is going to cost you. If you want to achieve that $75K standard of living, you’d need a salary of around $95,000 in California as of late.

Granted I would not be living in San Francisco, I would be living more East in a smaller city.

Cost of Living Rating

The cost of living in California (CA) is higher than the nationwide average. The average yearly pay in California is $57,111.00, which is higher than the U.S. average annual salary by $7,303.00. The consumer price index (CPI) of 249 in California is 6.87% higher than the U.S. city average CPI of 233. The sales tax is 7.50%.

 

In short, if I have the opportunity and a challenging career ahead of me, I should take it. It may be risky, by why not take bold risks to purse my dreams? Over the next couple days,  I plan on preparing a personal expense report with the budget I need to live an equally satisfying lifestyle as I do here in Boca Raton. I do consider BOCA my home, I have lived here the longest period of my life. Although cozy, I unstatisfied with my career.