I have always loved this part of the Golden State known as Central California.
My name is Ken Figlioli (the "g" is silent in case you're wondering) and I had wanted to live here since I was about six years old and our family traveled to this area for a vacation.
I was born and raised in Southern California back when groves of oranges still grew, and there was actually some open space between cities.
...golden hills dotted with oaks and grazing cattle...
But then, on that family road trip one year, I first caught sight of golden hills dotted with oaks and grazing cattle and was forever hooked on Central California.
I knew then it was a different sort of place, a special place, a place where I wanted to live.
Quite a bit of life intervened after that family trip through Central California.
I attended college in San Diego, moved to Saint Louis, Missouri for work in biochemistry research and best of all, there I met my wonderful wife, Marti, who had moved to Missouri from Maryland.
Missouri is a great place with wonderful people, but it wasn't home for me (nor for Marti). We never got used to the humid summers, cold winters and especially being hundreds of miles from a beach.
After living there for twelve years, Marti and I were able to move to Orange County, California.
Not quite Central California, but getting closer.
It would take a few more years, but Central California is now our home.
We have a small rural place (40 acres, very small compared to some of our neighbor's multi-thousand acre ranches) and I've been a WAHR. That's a "work at home rancher".
I raise Barbados sheep, some olives and lots of weeds.
The old joke about the farmer (or rancher) is mostly true: - It goes like this - He won the Lotto and was asked what he would do now. He answered, "I guess I'll just keep ranching until the money runs out".
That's pretty much the size of it - a lot of input of time and money and not a great deal of output.
Trying to make a living in a rural area can be difficult...
Living where we do, on the "backside of beyond", can be wonderful in many ways.
There's the quiet, the dark skies at night when the Milky Way lights up and shows all its splendor; the great variety of wildlife that visits and the wondrous beauty of nature as it cycles through the seasons.
Trying to make a living is a different matter, especially after a "certain" age.
I had previous work experience with an internet company so I knew there must be a way for ME to generate some income online. I looked around quite a bit, but nothing had much appeal.
Sure, I might have been able to make some money with some of the ideas, but I had no PASSION for any of them.
Don't think that my work experience in a "dot com" made me a techie. Anything but. I mainly worked as a liason with real estate agents and in customer service. Anything I did learn back then is pretty much out of date.
It is often said and in my experience it seems to be true mostly.
In the course of looking for money-making opportunities, I ran across a link to something called SiteSell and their product SiteBuildIt! (SBI!).
It looked to me interesting enough to pursue a bit further. What I found was a complete system unlike any other that I had previously seen.
I saw that SBI! was sophisticated, easy and well thought out and that anyone with passion and dedication could build a successful online business.
For me the answer was, of course, Central California. This wonderful place which I have always loved and where I now live.
I have been doing this now for over a year, and can tell you this is NOT a get rich quick scheme. It is rewarding, however, and it most certainly does work.
It's hard work, but if you work hard at something you love, it's really not hard at all.
Is there anything that is a "Central California" for you? Something you love and could talk about for hours? You would do well to check out SBI! and see if it fits for you.
I have a lot more to share with you about Central California and many interesting places and things to discover. So, it's back to the FUN for me...what about you?