There comes a point in time during your journey of life, when you experience a burning desire for something different. Maybe you’re scrolling through Pinterest and you come across a must have hairstyle, or maybe the latest Mercedes is advertised on a commercial break and you are tempted to throw your own car keys in the trash. A common desire for change across the world, is the desire to move away. It could be an hour down the road, or a 12 hour flight around the world…you’re ready to explore.
Dreaming about moving to a new place is awesome, but if you don’t do your research and properly plan, you may end up in a world of confusion. Of course this transition will not be the same for everyone, as we all have different circumstances in life…but preparation benefits everyone. (Along with a positive attitude) From my personal experience, I moved away from my hometown six years ago in order to go to college. Even though I was three hours from home, I don’t really consider my “big move” until I graduated college two years ago. That’s when I really put my big girl pants on, and began my quest to adulthood. I received a job offer in a town that I had never heard of, which positioned me to begin making #grownish decisions. I’m here today to tell you that settling into a new city is definitely an adventure, and below are some points you should consider if you are ready to start this journey.
LOCATION: A DETERMINING FACTOR IN SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL HEALTH
Objectives: Do your research on your new city before hand. It’s important that you know exactly what you expect from your new city. Maybe you are a social butterfly and you need to have a boat load of social activities? Maybe you are the introverted type and you want to stay away from the fast paced life? I encourage you to write down your list of objectives and expectations. When doing your research of the city, be sure to use this list as a reference to understand if this city is really the place for you.
Daily Commute: If your reason for moving is because of a new position, or if you plan to get a new job once you get there; be sure to factor in the location of the office when finding your home/apartment. If you are moving to a metropolitan area, you may have multiple ways to get to your office. Public transit, walking, or driving. If you are considering the suburbs or a rural area, chances are you will need to drive your own vehicle. Keep in mind that your mileage will add up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a long commute, but be sure to factor this into your budget. Your trips to the gas station and maintenance activities will be more frequent.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR EXPENSES
Budgeting: I know, I know…budgeting can be annoying and time consuming. Truth is, budgeting saves lives! It’s so important to know where your money is going monthly. For those of us who like to travel, go to concerts, or purchase the latest iPhones… budgeting helps you to make sure you have the funds to do these things, and not be stressed out after spending the money. I encourage you to do some research on the average costs of utilities, groceries, and insurance in your new city. After a month or two of living in the new city, make the necessary adjustments. Try your best to stick to your budget.
Responsibilities: Whether you are purchasing a home or leasing a place, you need to understand what expenses you are responsible for. Also, please don’t forget those bills not related to the house. Things like your cell phone, credit card bills, memberships, etc; don’t let your bills negatively impact your credit.
KEEP UP A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Stay Active: Moving to a new place can take your attention away from your physical health, as you are trying to adapt to your new lifestyle. Don’t allow this new change to put you in a health deficit. Find a park, gym, or set up a makeshift gym at home. Health is wealth!
Healthy Diet: Maybe you are moving to a big city who specializes in a special type of cuisine. It’s great to try these things out, as it will also help you to immerse yourself in the culture of the city. JUST DO NOT OVER INDULGE. Life is about balance and your health is no different. Be sure to incorporate healthy options in your diet, as your future depends on it!
STAY AWAY FROM RELOCATION DEPRESSION
Remain Connected: Be sure to keep in touch with your family and friends after you move. It’s so easy to allow your new lifestyle to drive a wedge between your relationships, but it doesn’t have to be this way. (And it shouldn’t be this way) Try your best to make a call with one of your loved ones every day. This may seem like a chore for some people, but this is truly necessary when adjusting to your new city.
Local Safe Haven: It’s so important to find a local area or establishment in your new city, where you always feel welcomed to release. It’s one thing to create a warm and comforting environment in your own home, but you also should have a social environment that also overwhelms you with a feeling of peace. When the world begins to get to loud and rowdy for your liking, escape to this urban oasis.
New Connections: Maybe you’ve left behind your network in your old town, but here’s your chance to extend it. Get to know your neighbors, colleagues, the barista at the local coffee shop, and whoever else can help you gain a better sense of community. You never know who you are talking with, so you might as well make the best out of your encounters. All it takes is one new friend, to change your life for the better!
Healthy Release: Fear, Uncertainty, Loneliness, Regret, Confusion. All of these things may cross your mind at some point in your journey. Don’t worry, these feelings are normal. The problem comes into play when you remain stuck in this mental state. You then allow these emotions to block you from embracing your new journey. Find a way to release these feelings whether it’s journaling, yoga, or joining a group of other newbies.
Any change in life may bring a bit of angst, but I promise that with proper planning, your execution will be much smoother. Of course unexpected bumps in the road may appear, but your preparations give you a tighter grip on the wheel to navigate the obstacles you may face. Whatever you do, stay positive and embrace your journey!
Do you have any tips for individuals considering moving to a new city?