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About Us

Ironically, we met each other online in 2011. When we finally met each other in person, it was like meeting up with an old friend you hadn’t seen for years and picking up where you had last left off. Ruben will tell you that on that day he knew Tracey was the one; Tracey will say that she knew she wanted to see Ruben again, but wasn’t exactly sure why. Little did we know that we had begun a journey which would combine our families in such a way to be nothing short of a wild and crazy ride, filled with lots of love, fun, challenges and adventure.

We both call California our home. Be that as it may, we could not tolerate the cost of living, long work hours, commute, traffic, and feeling like we were stuck in the non-stop rat race without getting ahead and quality time to spend with family. Despite the long hours, we couldn’t even afford a “fixer-upper” in the Bay Area with our combined incomes, nor did we want to spend that much for so little. Worse than that, we felt stuck in our jobs, unfulfilled and totally exhausted at the end of the day.  By the time we arrived home, all we had in us was to get dinner made, make sure the kids’ homework had been done, read a good-night story, maybe watch a television program together and roll back into bed to get up the next day and do it all over again. We asked each other, “Is that all there is? Is this as good as it gets and should we just be happy with the status quo?” Sure we were very grateful for all we had, but there was this nagging feeling like there was more than that, and it had nothing to do with material things or how much we had in our account. For us it had to do with finding fulfillment and a purpose.

We both value family above all and didn’t want to spend the majority of our time “living to work” instead of working to live . So we decided that we were going to make a change by finding a place we could afford to buy a home and spend more quality time with each other. Ruben’s love for golf and desert sunsets, plus a transfer with his company had us packing up and heading out to Arizona to work less, play more and hopefully retire early. In 2015 we a house built in a brand new subdivision and quickly began to forge friendships with our neighbors, and continue exploring the southwest with all its beauty and history. Grateful for all our gifts, we embraced our new home and neighborhood.

There was no question that we felt very grateful for the action taken and all that we had built, none of which would have been possible back in California. But soon enough we were feeling the effects of the time-for-money exchange rate: now we were earning even less for the same amount of work required. This was compounded by workplaces where one was expected to do more with less, lacking the necessary tools or resources to get the job done that was expected, and not feeling valued by our employers for our contribution or work ethic. Once again the feelings of being trapped in a job that left you unfulfilled and zapped you of all your life energy had began to creep back in. We had made some drastic decisions to take action and change our situation, yet it felt like we had ended up in the same place with a change in geography.

We both believed we were worth more than we were earning and that there was no reason we should settle for less. Both of us have a very strong work ethic and a desire to do our very best to get the job done right with the highest standards. We also believe in showing care, consideration and respect to customers, clients and patients alike, as well as our colleagues, and receiving the same from our employers. Nevertheless there was an important component missing in the whole equation: fulfillment.

The message (whether overt or subliminal) from previous and current employers was always the same: Put up, Shut up or Leave. There was no sense of appreciation or recognition for bringing your best game or looking to improve the workplace. Instead our desire to think outside of the box and push the envelope of the expected seemed to work against us rather than for us. We questioned ourselves if we were asking too much to find a place where we are valued, encouraged and appreciated for our drive and vision. Fortunately we came across an advertisement just like you, and have found all that and so much more with SFM and its Community.  It’s definitely been an experience which has challenged us to grow and learn more about ourselves than we ever imagined.  We invite you to join us on the journey!

 

 

 

About Us

Ironically, we met each other online in 2011. When we finally met each other in person, it was like meeting up with an old friend you hadn’t seen for years and picking up where you had last left off. Ruben will tell you that on that day he knew Tracey was the one; Tracey will say that she knew she wanted to see Ruben again, but wasn’t exactly sure why. Little did we know that we had begun a journey which would combine our families in such a way to be nothing short of a wild and crazy ride, filled with lots of love, fun, challenges and adventure.

We both call California our home. Be that as it may, we could not tolerate the cost of living, long work hours, commute, traffic, and feeling like we were stuck in the non-stop rat race without getting ahead and quality time to spend with family. Despite the long hours, we couldn’t even afford a “fixer-upper” in the Bay Area with our combined incomes, nor did we want to spend that much for so little. Worse than that, we felt stuck in our jobs, unfulfilled and totally exhausted at the end of the day.  By the time we arrived home, all we had in us was to get dinner made, make sure the kids’ homework had been done, read a good-night story, maybe watch a television program together and roll back into bed to get up the next day and do it all over again. We asked each other, “Is that all there is? Is this as good as it gets and should we just be happy with the status quo?” Sure we were very grateful for all we had, but there was this nagging feeling like there was more than that, and it had nothing to do with material things or how much we had in our account. For us it had to do with finding fulfillment and a purpose.

We both value family above all and didn’t want to spend the majority of our time “living to work” instead of working to live . So we decided that we were going to make a change by finding a place we could afford to buy a home and spend more quality time with each other. Ruben’s love for golf and desert sunsets, plus a transfer with his company had us packing up and heading out to Arizona to work less, play more and hopefully retire early. In 2015 we a house built in a brand new subdivision and quickly began to forge friendships with our neighbors, and continue exploring the southwest with all its beauty and history. Grateful for all our gifts, we embraced our new home and neighborhood.

There was no question that we felt very grateful for the action taken and all that we had built, none of which would have been possible back in California. But soon enough we were feeling the effects of the time-for-money exchange rate: now we were earning even less for the same amount of work required. This was compounded by workplaces where one was expected to do more with less, lacking the necessary tools or resources to get the job done that was expected, and not feeling valued by our employers for our contribution or work ethic. Once again the feelings of being trapped in a job that left you unfulfilled and zapped you of all your life energy had began to creep back in. We had made some drastic decisions to take action and change our situation, yet it felt like we had ended up in the same place with a change in geography.

We both believed we were worth more than we were earning and that there was no reason we should settle for less. Both of us have a very strong work ethic and a desire to do our very best to get the job done right with the highest standards. We also believe in showing care, consideration and respect to customers, clients and patients alike, as well as our colleagues, and receiving the same from our employers. Nevertheless there was an important component missing in the whole equation: fulfillment.

The message (whether overt or subliminal) from previous and current employers was always the same: Put up, Shut up or Leave. There was no sense of appreciation or recognition for bringing your best game or looking to improve the workplace. Instead our desire to think outside of the box and push the envelope of the expected seemed to work against us rather than for us. We questioned ourselves if we were asking too much to find a place where we are valued, encouraged and appreciated for our drive and vision. Fortunately we came across an advertisement just like you, and have found all that and so much more with SFM and its Community.  It’s definitely been an experience which has challenged us to grow and learn more about ourselves than we ever imagined.  We invite you to join us on the journey!