I have a three year old son and that has been really good for him and for our family to be here. We are able to afford a bigger place to live. We have a backyard to play in.
Moving to Tulsa for me and her,
We're breathing better air, we're going out walking. We are experiencing life. So that has really taken a toll on me and my health. I'm just a healthier person because I'm able to relax, take a deep breath. And my wife being happy does wonders for me too.
I immediately was very worried and very scared, but I found my tribe. I found people that, finally, were like me. Getting to know Tulsa better, really allowed me to understand that every notion that I had of Tulsa was wrong.
It’s definitely not easy to live in Los Angeles. The cost of living is crazy, as most people know. But it’s just a difficult place to find community.
I was so shocked at how ready people were to welcome me here, not only just within my church community and the Tulsa Remote Community, but just people.
I can't compare it to New York, even if I tried, it's enjoyable for me to see the same people at the same bars and restaurants,
And the live music, I've always really loved like roots and country and not really like mainstream pop country, but more of the roots, folk. That element is so rooted in Tulsa.
Since moving to Tulsa, I've leveraged 36 Degrees North's resources and founded a branding and animation firm.
which is the reason that I had initially moved to Brooklyn. Spending the last three months in New York on lockdown, not being able to do anything in New York, I was actually debating whether or not I should move sooner.
I work independently with clients across music, technology, alternative lifestyle, a bit of art and culture.
It's a hiring marketplace and incentive program to make job changes easier for tech salespeople.
and I do employee communications. I also have a freelance marketing agency, Lollipop Copy. And when I'm not doing writing for that, then I'm working on books.
I’m really thankful that I have found the
regardless of what my parents look like or what they do with their time.
Some generalizations that I had about Tulsa before moving probably is that it wasn’t as diverse.
Or maybe that, I don’t know, it was mostly, probably Republicans more than it is very liberal. So those are kind of some initial sterotypes that I found to be false.
So as a family, we decided to move to Kendall Whittier Park area.
We can also walk to the market, which is important. We are vegans and so I love fresh fruits and vegetables. We love being able to walk down on Saturday and enjoy the atmosphere there.
I do swing dancing, which is something else that I discovered through here.
It was four weeks, Thursday night, one hour. There were some locals who were involved in the local swing dancing organization that he got to do the instruction for us. And it was awesome.
so we go back, back, back. And I have three children, a 23 year old, a 20 year old, and a 17 year old
and I don’t have to convince myself to do it.
I just bought a home in Tulsa. It’s the first home that I’ve bought.
Buying a home in Tulsa, I could cut my budget into sevenths. So, to afford a home was really easy for me in this area compared to Seattle or San Francisco.
I was kind of dating cities before, three to six months at a time.
and I've also validated it over the last couple of months, and I think I would live here for five years, at a minimum, if not longer. I think that it has a lot of aspects of things I want forever.
When I lived in Denver for four years, I moved five times, just looking for that next apartment, just trying to find that better rent rate or just trying to settle into a new space. But in Tulsa, you can afford a house. In Tulsa, you can get settled. So not only are we close to our families,
Just within a span of a few days, there was just this incredible engagement and interest in wanting to get to know me as a person.
I just completed my full year with Tulsa Remote and
I have a community here. I have a voice here. I have a presence here and I never have had that before.