On Coming Home

by Nate St. Pierre on April 11, 2012

I’m back home again in Milwaukee, the only place I’ve ever felt truly “at home.” I’ve moved six times in the past couple of years, which looks ridiculous when written out. The past seven months saw me doing the Director of Marketing thing for a tech startup in Los Angeles. I worked with good people on a product that has a lot of potential, but I quickly realized that the L.A. scene is not for me. I went out there for personal reasons and came back for the same (subjects I don’t discuss in public), so it’s been a pretty hard time for me lately. But I did learn a few things:

1) I can do high-stress, high-profile work . . . but I don’t want to. I much prefer to work quietly from home on my own projects, whether those are philanthropic, consulting, or my latest, helping bloggers make more money from their sites. I’m sure we’ll talk more about that soon, but feel free to email me with any questions if you’re interested.

2) There is a huge difference in the day-in, day-out cultures of Milwaukee and L.A. Duh, right? But wow, when you live it every day, the point is totally driven home. No offense to my L.A. folks, but Milwaukee wins in almost every category. The single most important benefit you get here? Time. The only thing in life that you can never get more of is the one thing that L.A. sucks from you in spades.

3) If you don’t take care of yourself, and put yourself in situations where you can be healthy, then you can’t take care of anyone else either. It’s taken me a long time to learn this, and I still have a way to go. But I’m getting there.

Now that I’ve returned, I plan on plugging back into the community – social media, entrepreneurs, bloggers, family, friends, sports – so hit me up if you want to do anything. I’ll be around.


  • Glad you’re back “home”!! 

  • SarahInMI

    Welcome home, NSP. Glad you were able to make it back to the midwest for spring. Surely SoCal doesn’t “spring” like the midwest.

    • I actually just took a picture of some beautiful spring-type stuff. Quite lovely, yes – more so than there. Although they’re green all the time, but still…

  • 😀

  • Sarah

    Nice that you feel better back in MKE. You already seem very alive and happy. 🙂 Good to see that. I love my LA, though. Don’t think I’m ever moving too far from here. I love the sun, sea, and even the crazy people. I had the same problem with not having time when I got here. Same problem in DC. It’s a real problem no matter where you go. Long daily commute = stress. The only way I fixed that was by moving close to work. But that’s not an option for everyone in any city. The cost of living makes it hard here, too. That’s why I have 2 jobs. I hijack my time back to keep sane, and that’s the price I have to pay. Here in SoCal I see people spend 3-4 hours commuting to places over 100 miles away beginning at 4AM. I know they’ve gone into the “acceptance” phase of that lifestyle. I always wonder if there is nitrous oxide in those carpool vans. At any rate, you are always welcome back in LA, but I totally understand how MKE is giving you that comfortable, I belong feeling. That’s priceless.

    • You were always curious as to my view towards L.A., and I guess we found out what it is, didn’t we. 😉

      • Peliroo Corrice

        Yep.  I had a feeling, though.  

        I actually had a reason to be curious, too.  I moved out to California for about as long as you did around 1999 before moving back East.  It wasn’t the right time.  I wanted to be here, but California did not want me there, if that makes sense.  The next time I came out here it was better, easier, and after 2 years I felt at home here.  Now I can’t imagine going back East without coming right back here.  I always hear similar, odd transplant stories.  Yours tumbled into that schema in my brain. 🙂

        Glad you’re happy.  🙂

  • Nate, our whole demeanor says MKE. Now that you are back, you should have more time to help bloggers like me make money…hee! hee! L.A. like Atlanta, is too slow for me. I thrive on action, which is why I cannot wait to move back to NYC. I am just missing one thing: a lot of money.

    • Ha! I’ll definitely have time to help you and others make more money, since that’s what I’m going to be focusing on building over the next few months.

      Yes, we’re quite different – I like visiting NYC, but couldn’t live there. Let’s keep you rollin’ on the $$$, and you’ll get there!

  • I’m really glad you’re home bro, and eve more PROUD of you for taking control like that. You get my major respect, bro!

  • Holy cow Nate!   I have to say, as a California native living in Chicago now, I totally see what you mean.  I am graduating in a month and my time in Chicago is officially “done,” but I can’t imagine moving back to California.  Though SoCal has a special place in my heart and amazing people there (my family included) it just isn’t the place for me.  

    I’m so glad you’ve gone back to Milwaukee- I got the sense you weren’t quite happy in L.A.  and I hope that this is a fresh new chapter for you.  High fives!  🙂 

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