I’m originally from Connecticut. Years ago, I was working in a salon there, and I was in a really bad relationship.  One day, a light bulb came on — I realized I needed to get far away from Connecticut, but stay in the U.S. I literally packed my two-door Honda Civic, drove across country and started a brand new life.

I dove headfirst into a world of the complete unknown. I’d never been to California and I literally just restarted my life. And I’ve been here for seven years.