After my husband and I got a divorce, I wanted to make a fresh start. I had a pile of debt and a couple of friends. One of those friends lived in California and she offered me a place to stay for a few months. She was willing to let me sleep on the couch for free while I looked for a job and got settled. I couldn’t pass up the offer, even if it meant uprooting my entire life and moving across the country. One great thing about moving to California is legal pot. I smoke pot everyday, but I wasn’t living in a state with legal cannabis laws. I was constantly worried that I would get caught and end up in trouble. In fact, my ex husband tried to use it against me in our divorce. Thankfully, the judge was a medical cannabis advocate and didn’t view my pot use as a negative problem. After the divorce, moving was the right option for me. My ex husband was a little mad that I took our dog and moved, but I really didn’t care. I slept on the couch in my friend’s tiny apartment for six weeks. During that time I found a job in Santa Barbara. I help with hair and makeup in a theater. The Santa Barbara theater is smaller than most places, but it is located in a small and charming neighborhood. I love the job and there are lots of affordable apartments in the area. I’m currently looking for something in Santa Barbara, but my friend is in no hurry for me to leave.