So let me start with the definition of anew. Trust me, this is for MY dumb ass not yours. For some reason that heading popped in my mind and then I was like, well what the hell exactly is anew and am I using this term correctly? Yes, it’s usually the simplest things that throw me off.
1. in a new or different, typically more positive, way.
2. once more; again.
As it turns out, I am using the term correctly. So let’s move on shall we?
All of a sudden I’ve been having this crazy burning desire to relocate, start over, a new beginning, in a new place. It’s not that I don’t like my life here, because I do. I have a good job, a great income, a beautiful home, great friends and a loving family (for the most part). I’m a born and bred Boston girl and I’ve never lived anywhere else. But I envy others who just up and move onto new places and new things. This is a big world to explore and I don’t like that I’ve tied myself down to one small little corner of it.
There is no reason why I should be tied down to this little corner. I recently went through a divorce with the man I spent fourteen years of my life with. That’s a long time. I never would have imagined my life without him, but here I am. It’s been two years since I left and I went through a lot to get where I am today, but that’s another story altogether. I’m finally in a good place now (figuratively speaking) and I’m happy with the new me. I’m doing it on my own, without depending or answering to anyone else. Now is the time to take chances, I have nothing holding me back.
The only thing holding me back is fear. Fear of moving somewhere new and different. Fear of being alone. Fear of leaving my friends and family. Fear of leaving a great job that is secure. Fear, fear, fear! Dammit why do I let fear hold me back of potentially great opportunities?
How does one start the process of starting all over somewhere new? I don’t know. But of course my mind wandered into dream land and thought of all the wonderful places I could live. Hawaii, the Florida Keys, maybe even Fiji. LOL But I suppose those aren’t realistic and cost of living is high. I do know I want somewhere sunny with a comfortable climate so I can ride my mountain bike and my Harley year round. Somewhere that I can find a decent job and a nice place to live. I’m a vegetarian (yup I’m “one of those”) so I need access to an abundance of fresh, affordable fruits and veggies. Somewhere I can work hard and play hard. I need a place that inspires happiness and gratitude. Because to be honest, everyone around here just sucks!
Now I’m addicted to searching all over craigslist and googling all sorts of cities to check out jobs, rentals, cost of living, population, climate etc. I also found this really cool site that shows what income you need to make in another city to compare what you make in your current city based on cost of living. Check it out, it’s Cost of Living Calculator.
I will continue to do my research to find out where I would like to live then start taking steps to see if it can all fall into place. I know it’s not easy, and it’s definitely scary, but if the right opportunity comes along I am going to grab it. I believe that everything happens for a reason and if it’s meant to be than it will be. Hmmmm can I toss in anymore cliche’s? LOL
I would love to hear stories from those of you who have actually packed up and moved on to somewhere new. Are you happy your did or do you regret it? Was it hard financially? Are there things you know now that you wish you knew then to make it easier?