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5 Things To Ask Yourself Before Leaving Everything Behind To Move Somewhere New

Moving can be scary, but it can also be exhilarating.

Take it from me: Ive lived in four different cities and three different states within the last four years.

There is a certain freedom that comes with a new address. Whether youre moving for school, a new job, your significant other or just because you decided you want a change of scenery, you need to be sure youre ready for the change that is about to happen.

The idea of living in a new place often gets glorified. You imagine yourself in new places making all these new friends and going on wild adventures, but that isnt always the case. A new start can be lonely, even if you dont do it alone.

Before packing up your things and starting life over somewhere else, ask yourself these questions:

1. Can you see yourself living there?

This new place, does it appeal to you? Make sure this is somewhere you can see yourself living. Try to find out what is in or around the area that peaks your interests.

If you love warm weather, you probably dont want to move somewhere where it rains nine months out of the year. If you hate traffic and dont want to give up your driving privileges, New York Citymay not be the best fit.

If youre going to live there temporarily or permanently create a timeline for your lifethere and ask yourself if you envision a future there for that long.

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2. Are you moving for the right reasons?

This can be tricky because sometimes the right reasons can be vague, but making sure its a choice that is yours is at the top of that list.

You have to be in control of the decision youre making for you. If you move for a significant other, or because youre worried of upsetting or disappointing someone else, you may come to resent or regret that person whoinfluenced your choice later on. Of course, your situation is unique to you, just be prepared for the outcome if you find yourself in that position.

Make sure you are running toward a goal, not away from something else. Having something to look forward to and anticipate is a lot better than running away from a problem and looking for an immediate escape.

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3. Whats holdingyou back?

You dont ever want to move somewhere out of fear of what will happen if you dont go. Conversely, you dont want to stay because youre scared to make any change whatsoever.

Of course, not every move is a well thought out decision, and people move on a whim and pick a spot on a map to live all the time.

But if youre seriously contemplating a change of scenery, look at the things that make you hesitant and youll discover if the risk is worth it.

4. Will it make you happy?

At the end of the day, through the adjustment process and settling into your new home, will you feel a sense of fulfillment? Could you be happier somewhere else, with someone else, doing something else?

These questions are all going to cross your mind, but they all fall under the more broad topic of happiness. Take time to weigh out the pros and cons. Will it advance your life in a way that is positive?

There can be a whirlwind of emotions when leave a place behind, and its easy to get down on yourself if you go into it with negative emotions or a poor outlook on the changes you are about to experience. Tread lightly.

5. Are You Ready?

An obvious question with a not-so-obvious answer, but its crucial you ask yourself this.

Once you take the plunge and pack your things, life as you know it will change forever. Your relationships, your career, your daily routine will all change.

Sometimes the answer is an obvious yes, but occasionally, you need a little push. And if youre not quite ready for the commitment, thats OKtoo.

Take in all the advice you need from friends, family and co-workers, and ultimately make the choice that best suits you.

There are going to be so many scenarios/reasons someone chooses to pick up their life and start over somewhere new.

Ive lived somewhere because I decided on a Thursday afternoon it was time for a change, and that following Tuesday morning, my car was loaded full.

I had no job prospects, no friends in the area and no reason to live there, but it ended up being the best decision of my life.

Ive also turned down opportunities to live in places most would jump at because I had that voice in the back of my mind telling me it just wasnt quite right. Now I live in a place Ive dreamed and planned on living in my entire life.

Moves cant always be mapped out; life is unpredictable and unexpected. But if you can answer these five questions with certainty and no shredof doubt, then take the plunge, move to the city, embrace the change.

But if youre not ready, dont feel the pressure to do it. The right opportunity in the right place willpresent itself when the timing is right.

Until then, continue discovering what it is you want out of your next new home.

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