Giveaway :: City Prints

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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I have spent the majority of my life in California. I was born and raised along the Southern California coast, moved to Northern California for college, and have (yet again) called SoCal home for the last ten years. However, in between all of that, there was a brief sorjourn to another state. The six years I spent in Hawaii are the defining ones for me. For the first time, I moved somewhere solely because I wanted to. I found myself there. (Lost myself a few times along the way, but that’s a much longer story.) A piece of me resides in that beautiful state, out in the middle of the ocean, and will always stay there.  On a related note, I am a sucker for beautiful map based art. These visual reminders of where I’ve been, where I want to go, places I’ll never see…this is artwork that moves me every single time.

City Prints is a gem of a find, friends. Tony and Katie Rodono understand and celebrate the importance of place in a way that no one else does.

The places we’ve been are an important part of any individual. The places we’ve been have stories – stories that we want to share.

This is what I’m talking about. The California print (above) just plain looks like home. And the Hawaii print? The perfect representation of the place where I truly awakened to who I am, where I am going. Which City Prints piece represents your awakening?

City Prints is giving away one 12 x 12 unframed print (there are 300 to choose from!) to one lucky winner. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, March 13th.
Please visit City Prints and tell us: Where were you living when you “found” yourself?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, March 18th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    rachel says:

    Cleveland, Ohio — the city that I love!

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    echo says:

    My undergrad town… so predictable!

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    Jessica says:

    My hometown, surrounded by all my friends and family.

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    anna says:

    Columbus actually– and then I moved 😉

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    jane says:

    i’ve never left my hometown of singapore except for overseas holidays, so the answer would be singapore. but to elaborate further (as inspired by the college section of city prints website), i think i found myself in junior college (sort of like high school except it’s only 2 years instead of 3), where i realised what my true interests were: definitely not the science subjects i was reading then but the only humanities subject i was studying – linguistics! – and the passion for a new language – japanese, which thankfully my good friends were fluent in and were willing to teach me 🙂 so i’m currently majoring in english language (it’s somewhat an anglocentric linguistics degree) with a minor in japanese studies, and i’m having the time of my life! all the while staying in humble lil’ singapore, though i’ll be going to california(!) next year for an exchange, where i hope i’ll continue to discover new things about myself! 

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    deborah foster says:

    portland oregon!

    I grew up in Seattle and moved to Portland for college. I never left. 40 years later it still feels new and fun

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my hometown, which i came back to after one year away at college. 

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    Jackeine says:

    Seattle WA..the place is inspirational!

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    Nikki H says:

    my hometown, Portland!

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    ren says:

    i think i find myself where ever i am. everyplace i’ve lived has inspired me in a different way, so today it’s los angles.

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    Aleta says:

    I’d have to say Chicago. It was the city I moved to straight out of high school and I did a lot of learning and growing in that city!

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    sam says:

    Not sure that I have “found” myself yet and due to circumstances beyond my control I might find myself living back home with my parents house once again : ) 

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    Nikki says:

    San Diego. As a (nearly middle-aged) mom of two teens who didn’t expect to ever live that far south in sunny California!  This unexpected move changed a lot of my perceptions of myself and I found the location, truthfully, to be very freeing of expectations and assumptions.  Living here let me learn to fly alone!

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    Courtney J says:

    Super cliche, but it was Los Angeles, where I was attending art school! I don’t really have an interest in returning to the city though….

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    Lauren P says:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan. I attended undergrad (psychology) at the university here and then stayed on for graduate school (creative writing) and then work (teaching) and now graduate school (social work) again. It may have taken me some time to find my (true) self here, but Ann Arbor has always been a supportive and encouraging place to explore all aspects of who I am. 

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    Emily B says:

    When I found myself, I didn’t have a home. I was hiking with 25 other students across the rolling Highlands of Scotland and the verdant (sheep-filled) fields of England. For two months we hiked, every day a new place, a new vista, while studying Victorian Literature and Creative Writing. When I flew from Boston to England, it was my first time out of the United States. Navigating by myself in the big city and then roaming in the gorgeous countryside of England transformed me into a capable and independent woman. I discovered my love for creative writing, travel, eating loads and loads of English scones, and pursuing my passions even when they seem impractical and risky.

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    Syd says:

    My life changed when I found myself stranded in Barcelona, Spain: alone, inept, and homesick. This had to be my home for the next 6 months and I had never felt so alone. But there is where I learned to be independent, learned to be on my own, learned to be free. It was in the midst of a foreign language that I truly felt alive. 

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    courtney says:

    When my husband got a job in San Diego, I thought it would be a fun place to live for a while. I never thought I would end up calling it home and embrace that I was now a “san diegan”. Our boys have spent the early years of their life here, so it is where I became a mom, which is a huge part of me realizing my main job in life and the greatest joy I could imagine. 

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    Redding says:

    Greensboro, NC where I did my undergrad.  I loved
    it there and made some of the most amazing
    friends who will always love me for me.

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    Chryselle says:

    I grew up in Bombay, India and I’ve always known that I wouldn’t want to retire there. I moved to England when I got married and to me, that is home. It was my first independent residence, my first home. The UK gave me freedom unlike anything I have experienced in India and while I don’t miss the cold and rainy days (we’re back in India, though not in Bombay, thankfully), England’s beautiful cities, streets and quiet countryside will always have a very special place in my heart.

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    Mrs. Foot says:

    Vienna, Austria. I had just turned 16 and moved from Japan, where I was so worried about fitting in. After seeing how European teenagers acted and dressed, I realized I could express myself and still “fit in”. Over the next two years I became the real me and it’s still the person I am today, just 12 years older 🙂

    PS- I have loved the City Prints for so long! Great work!

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    Emma says:

    In a backpack in Indonesia. When you deliberately choose to not have a home but instead spend your rent money on going from place to place, from impression to reflection, something happens deep inside you. Going backpacking in Asia instead of going directly to college iis the best decision I have ever made.

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    Stefanie says:

    Moscow. I was studying abroad. It was the first time I got to find out who I was without anyone familiar.

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    Tiffany says:

    I know that the question is probably referring to a state, city or school but I have to say the first place that came to mind for me was my very own place. I found myself when I finally was able to live on my own, no roomies, no boyfriends, no parents, just alone. I really do recommend trying it! It was liberating being able to be clean when I wanted, messy when I wanted, to listen to the music I wanted, to watch the shows I wanted, decorate the way I wanted…It was a season that was all about ME. And now that I’ve had that time to figure myself out I cannow focus my energy on my family.

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    Jennifer says:

    I moved from Boston to Minnesota to take a dream job. I was so excited for my job and so excited to live in a city for the first time and so proud of myself for doing it ALONE. Nothing is more empowering than being completely responsible for every decision, every mistake, every success.

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    Susan F says:

    I’m still trying to find myself :0 – just kidding.  I am a born and raised “Valley Girl” and never made it out. I raised 4 kids here, went to schools through college here, , .. and still happily living here where we are 20 minutes from the beach, and hour from the mountains, and great weather all year round

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    The moment I found myself I had locked myself in a bathroom in Sacramento, trying to escape the demands of my toddler by having her father watch her while I tried to have a minute to myself! I’ll never forget that moment when I questioned if choosing to get married and have a kid was right for me, (since I felt like I had sacrificed myself on the alter of motherhood) or if I should have gone on to chase my own dreams. I was hit with such an overwhelming feeling. I loved my life. I loved my husband and daughter, and I loved the person I used to be. I came out a changed woman, much more true to myself. 
    Now I’m chasing my dreams, just with a toddler on my hip and a husband at my side. 

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    Wehaf says:

    Pittsburgh, PA!  It’s a great city, and I wish I were still there….

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    I am from New York.  Moved to Florida when I was five.  I have lived in a couple of different cities in the last 35 years.  (Wow!  That makes me feel so old to say that number!) The city where I found myself was Delray Beach, FL.  I was divorced with two kids and just wanted to meet my soulmate.  Every night I prayed to meet “someone who has the same morals and values.” And he had to think I was wonderful!  We have been married for eight years next month and he is my BEST friend. 

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    Steph says:

    Outside of my own head… I found myself when I started seeing the role of a higher power in my life and that I should be trying to serve others.

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    Tricia says:

    I currently live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am from Michigan. I love Vancouver and I would say that I found part of myself in Houghton, Michigan part of myself in Whistler, BC and part of myself in Vancouver. I think there’s a few more bits to find though so we’ll see where life takes us next.

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    Joann says:

    Neuchatel, Switzerland. A quaint, quiet little town that I spent 3 months living in. I rock climbed beautiful cliffs on the outskirts of the city, biked in the countryside sharing dirt roads with horses, and quickly learned how much I loved outdoor adventures.

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    kim g says:

    I was  living and working with HIV/Aids patients in Tanzania…Spending my days going out to remote villages…where it was a two day walk to the closest hospital. It was during my time there that I found out who I was on a deep level…It was an amazing time filled with much growth.

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    Lisa says:

    Denton, Texas. And like so many good things in life, I didn’t fully appreciate what a gem this town is until I left it.

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    Heather N. says:

    They say people go there and lose themselves, but I found myself in Los Angeles. I lived there for four years and emerged a completely different person than when I started – in mostly good ways I think!

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    Kate B says:

    When I was in college, I thought my answer to this question would be “Washington DC,” where my school was and the city to which I desperately wanted to return after grad school in Columbus OH. As life goes, of course I broke the promise to myself to move back the second my higher education diploma was in my hand, because I met a really wonderful man and fell in love. Now we’re married, and even though he was willing to go to DC or anywhere else with me, Columbus has really felt like home to the two of us. I’ve grown up so much here and it’s a part of my DNA now. DC will always hold a special thrill for me, but I know who I am since moving to Columbus, and I’m grateful to have had that opportunity.

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    Annie says:

    I studied abroad in Paris when I was in college, and that’s where I started to find myself. Paris may be, to many, the city of love. And that is true, but instead of finding a lover, I started a journey on a path of loving who I am created to be. In Paris, I realized that I appreciate beauty and diversity and culture in large, cosmopolitan cities. I realized that I am truly not alone when I feel lonely. Paris affirmed my love of languages. And this is only the tip of the iceberg! I found out a lot of myself in Paris. It holds a very near and dear place in my heart.

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    Kristen H. says:

    Geez…have I really even found myself yet? It better happen soon, I’m not getting any younger! But the place that holds the most love in my heart is Anchorage Alaska, my hometown.

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely when i was in college in ithaca, new york. i am almost done paying my student loans, and when i think of what going to ithaca college gave me, the money doesn’t matter – my friends are priceless!

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    Madelyn says:

    I was in Alberta, Canada. I was traveling for 7 months doing volunteer work across Canada.

    It was a wonderful way to learn more about myself, and the vast country I grew up in!

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    Regan says:

    I was living in Madrid, Spain, when I “found” myself. I’d gone out on a limb and moved there by myself after finishing college. It was an experience that was at times terrifying, exhilarating, and altogether unforgettable.

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    Andrew Acker says:

    The only and only, sunny Southern California! 

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    Austyn Whittenburg says:

    Vancouver British Columbia Canada!