Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Shauna Turner | Artist

I am the daughter of a very talented businessman and a gemologist. I grew up with my sister and I listening to the talk of my parents’ jobs around the dinner table. I learned about diminishing returns and how diamonds are made…along with some truly terrible jokes and puns. Unlike most artists I grew up going to science camps and couldn’t stay away. My favorite camp though was the Marine Science Institute camp in Redwood Shores. Read more>>

Lu Ross | Fine Art Nature Photographer and Digital Artist

I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile where my French-Italian family introduced me to a life of travel and appreciation for the arts. In my earlier years, I spent many summer vacations with my family by the coast at the seaside resort of Viña Del Mar. Winter family vacations were usually spent skiing at resorts in the Andes. I was captivated by the power and beauty of nature at an early age. The time I spent by the sea and the mountains greatly contributed to my awareness and respect for nature. Read more>>

Sandy Pham | Founder & Social Media Storyteller

Sometime during the 1990s, my parents fled Vietnam by boat shortly after the intense aftermath of the Vietnam war. During this journey of escaping the war-torn country, they were rescued, ended up in Singapore, then the Phillippines, and eventually ended up immigrating to Los Angeles, specifically the San Gabriel Valley. And that’s where I come in. I was born and raised in San Gabriel Valley, which is just east of Los Angeles. Unless you grew up in Southern California, or have relatives who live there, you most likely don’t know where it is. I like to tell people that aren’t familiar with this area that it’s where all of the best Asian food in LA is at haha. Read more>>

Michelle Highberg, CFRE | Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Blessed to grow up in a beautiful little town by the sea in Westchester, New York, just a few miles from the city. At 14, after proving to be a responsible student, ballerina, and runner, I was allowed to take the train in with friends, where we would spend hours bopping around Greenwich Village buying vintage cashmere coats, listening to records at Bleeker Bob’s, and lazing for hours at outdoor cafes. I learned to be street smart and had many mentors for my parents were brilliant nonprofit leaders who taught me to be fearless, to walk with God, and, to have faith in myself from a very young age. Read more>>

Gustavo Rojas | Mixologist and Host of Hey Bartender

I was born in a small town in Puebla, Mexico and also spent a good portion of my youth in Mexico City. Before I came to the states I spent a few years in Tijuana where I had the unique opportunity to work in the nightlife of Revolution Avenue. While working in TJ, it was absolutely essential that you were a multi-tasker within the hustle and bustle of that area. I got to work in most positions you’d find at a nightclub; including busser, server, security, doorman, host, floor manager…and I even DJ’d a few times (I quickly learned that DJing wasn’t my skill set)! That gave me a very strong foundation in hospitality, and one that I draw upon to this day. Read more>>

Corryn Kivett | NLP Master Coach and Trainer

I am from San Diego and raised by entrepreneurs who out of the love in their hearts encouraged me to pursue stability, which meant a 9 to 5 job in corporate America. I attended San Diego State University and graduated with honors in business administration (finance emphasis), then landed a job working as a financial planner at Merrill Lynch in San Diego. I soon realized I was chasing someone else’s version of success and decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship with zero plan to fulfill a greater purpose that was my own. In 2018 I finally listened to my intuition, which told me to follow my passion into personal development and create a platform to serve others. Read more>>

Aubri Steele | CEO/Founder of Civile Apparel

I grew up in Encinitas, CA. I was fortunate enough to have an incredible and supportive family, and still do to this day. My parents had nothing when they married and together built a multimillion dollar manufacturing business. At the time the money started flowing in, very little was ever spent on anything frivolous, but instead was spent on family trips to countries far from the home we knew. By the time I was fifteen (15) I had traveled to East Africa, the Seychelle islands, Australia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Germany, and more. Read more>>

Andrew Martin | Horticulturist, Business Owner and Artist

Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio at age ten I began maintaining landscapes with my grandfather and servicing residents. He taught me about horticulture, but also the value in helping others and treating everyone equally. Simultaneously, I became aware of my artistic talents in painting and drawing and applied them to the enhancement and beautification of landscapes. My upbringing taught me to work hard and treat all people with respect. I’ve traveled all over the world and met a variety of people, but always remember my roots. Read more>>

Dylan Winters | Logo Designer

“I’m from a city that you hear and think a bunch of steel” – Mac Miller Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is something that I cherish, that I believe I carry with me wherever life takes me. You think of the Steel City as hardworking, blue-collar individuals, and you’re correct. I’m always honored to say I’m from Pittsburgh. You know, it’s important to look back on where you’re from. These past experiences (good or bad) make up who you are today, right now in this moment of time and beyond that. Looking back can be your guide, assist you in where you take your future self. Read more>>