How many times have you thought that you’d rather wake up to the hustle and bustle of city life than the routine humdrum of suburban living? Or maybe it’s the opposite. When’s the last time you’ve wished that you could lay out in a hammock on your front porch instead of climbing the stairs of your apartment building? It may be time to give your ‘wishes’ a little more consideration.
We all have, at one time or another, thought of packing up and moving to a new place; somewhere we believe will bring us more joy and happiness. If you’re wondering if a location, neighborhood, or community can really make you happier… the answer is yes. Relocating to a place that fits your personality and awakens your creativity and energizes your adventurous side, or that puts your soul at ease and calms your spirit, is a priceless experience.
If you’ve been contemplating embarking on a new journey in life and seeing what else the world has to offer, it might be time to stop thinking and start making moves.
The decision to do something new should not be made lightly but you only live once and it’s up to you to make the most of it. Don’t spend your whole life ‘thinking’ about what you do. Push past your fears and start creating a life you love!
Tips to make your decision a little easier
Change your mindset
Comfort breeds routine. Courage breeds change. If you’ve got the courage, making a move that’s right for you can change your whole entire life.
If you’re ready to shake things up a bit and make a move, know that your decision will come with both new experiences as well as new challenges. It’s won’t all be easy, but it may be the best decision of your life. How many times have you heard of someone that moved cross country (or hell, cross state) and said it was the best thing they’ve ever done? Countless times, right? There’s a reason for that.
Before you jump into the deep end of your dream to relocate, be sure to take care of (or eliminate) your current responsibilities.
- Consider the costs of your move. Not just the move itself but also how much it will cost you to get settled and comfortable with a place to stay and stable income. You might think about getting a roommate while you get a feel for the city. Also, consider any reserves you’ll need to have on hand while you get acclimated to your new environment.
- Decide if you want to sell off your belongings and start brand new or what you’d like to take with you. What you decide to take may affect your moving costs.
- Make sure that you are clear on the terms of breaking your lease. Or, if you own your home and need to sell, get familiar with the local real estate market. You’ll want a good understanding of the average days your home will be on the market and if you have enough equity to sell at a profit or at least break even on your mortgage payoff. If you’re in the red, this doesn’t have to derail your plans. Look into renting out your home for a few years while you pay down the mortgage and build equity in the property. Tip: If you need to sell your home and want to expedite the process read this post for tips to selling a home quickly.
- If you have children, do as much due diligence as you can regarding local resources for your new city. Check out school ratings and neighborhoods that are close to entertainment, parks, and recreational activities.
Don’t leave in secret
You’re taking a chance to fulfill one of your dreams. This doesn’t mean, however, that you might not one day think of coming back to your hometown or that you don’t want to keep in touch with your loved ones. Your friends and family will always be your primary source of support, you should want them to be a part of your big decision. Unless of course, they’re the reason you’re moving… but, let’s save that for another post.
Many people fail to properly say goodbye to loved ones when they leave to start a new life. You don’t have to do anything fancy, but you should do something. Consider hosting a dinner to express your love to those that are important to you. If that’s not your style, get together one on one with those closest to you – so that they understand why you’re leaving and know that you want to stay in touch. Or, if you’re a little more festive consider throwing a party. This is can be a great way to leave on a high note, take photos, and make memories!
Enjoy your faves
A flight home may be inexpensive, but life gets busy and who knows when you’ll return for a visit. Take some time to visit your favorite spots. The ones that hold the best memories for you. Make a list of your top 10 places and make it a point to visit each one. Take pictures, enjoy the moment, and give yourself closure as you move on to new things.
Be ready… this may not be as easy as you think. You may even shed a tear or two as you say your goodbyes. It’s normal. You’ve built a life where you currently are. Just remember that life is meant to be lived and experienced – and you’re about to do something new and exciting.