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.

Kylier Marshall | Small Business Owner of Desert and Pine Design & Interior Designer

I was born and raised in Arizona, I have lived in the hottest part and enjoyed the desert sand but also went to college in Flagstaff full of mountains and snow. I have two amazing parents, an older brother and a younger sister. Growing up we quickly became competitive with each other whether that was in sports, grades, board games or in our creativity. My grandparents on my mom’s side painted, wood working and sewed quilts. On my dad’s side they were very outdoorsy, built things from scratch and one was a taxidermist. Read more>>

Rosie Kosinski | Brand Queen

I was born in England to Irish and Polish parents as the youngest of 3 girls. When I was 11 month old, my family drove from England (via ferry) to Europe, Cyprus and finally to the intended destination, Israel/Palestine. On this land of many cultures, I took my first steps. At a very early age, I had a sense that our circumstances were different. We hadn’t moved there for purely religious reasons, though there was an element of that as Christians. Nor were my parents journalists or diplomats; there were many in our circle of expats over time. Read more>>

Lisette Luna | Artist

I’m originally from California, I moved with my family to Arizona at the age of eight and have been living here ever since. Some years after moving, we lost my dad and our family of 5 became a family of 4. My older sister and brother are both 10 years older then me. So at a very young age I had to learn to be alone while my mom worked to keep our family going. I loved art, it was my one way of feeling whole when my heart was so broken. Read more>>

jennifer o’shea | Teacher, Working Mom, Motherhood Blogger

I am from New York City and I hadn’t moved away from there until I was 30. My husband at the time was in the military and they moved us to Spokane, WA. I believe that being from NYC was an experience in itself and experiencing life in that manner is so different from the west coast. It has made me see and realize the value in relaxing a little in life when living on the west coast! Read more>>