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5 Reasons Why You Should Move Across the Country

I know it’s a cliché, but I also know that it’s true… life is short. Before you know it you’ll be pushing 30 years old wondering where the last decade went. I know, because I just celebrated my 27th birthday last month (what?!) As many of you know… we packed up our home in sunny southwest Florida and moved out to Colorado on a whim 6 months ago. I was 8 months pregnant with our 3rd baby, our oldest had just started kindergarten, and we didn’t even have a house lined up. And ya know what… I don’t regret it one bit. 

5 Reasons You Should Move Across the Country

We lived in the same small(ish) town that we went to high school in, I worked for the same company that I did in high school, and I looked longingly at photos of, well, pretty much anywhere else. I know that this world is big, and while Florida’s beaches are beautiful and so many long to lounge on them as regularly as I have the past 10 years, I just knew that I wanted to experience something different too.

I almost giggle when people ask me “what brought us here.” Probably because I don’t really have a good answer. Sometimes I say “the mountains,” and it’s not a total lie (in Austria I learned that I’m obsessed.) I mean sure, Josh landed a job here before we left but it wasn’t some life changing career opportunity that he didn’t have back home.

We moved here because we felt like it.

If you’re not in love with your life…change it.

There are a lot of things and people that I love and miss in Florida. But sometimes life leaves you feeling stuck, like you’re living the same day over and over again. It wasn’t a bad day to relive… it was just the same day. But it wasn’t a particularly exciting day either. Having somewhere so completely new to explore makes for way more exciting days than not.

“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.”

5 Reasons You Should Move Across the Country

Challenge Yourself to Meet New People.

At the end of the day, life is all about personal growth. Now, I had the luxury of maintaining an entire circle of friends that I made in high school. This is half awesome, half self-limiting of my ability to meet people as an adult. Staying in the same place forever has perks, but steep downsides as well.
Meeting people as a grown up and outside of your “hometown” is a completely different experience than it was as a high schooler / baby-grown up. Mostly, I think, because you know yourself better by then, and have no interest in wasting your time on people that don’t serve a purpose in your life anymore. New people bring new experiences and a richness to life that wasn’t always there. You never know what (or who) you’re going to find.

5 Reasons You Should Move Across the Country

Meet People that Don’t Think Like You.

I am learning how regionally diverse our country is. The culture and lifestyle here is very different than it was in the South. Now maybe it’s because I was born in the Midwest, but I could never totally jive with the culture in the South. It feels really cool to suddenly be surrounded by so many people that think differently than the majority back home. It challenges perceptions that you were once so sure about and opens your eyes to things that you just didn’t see before. People in Colorado just “go about life” differently than people in small-town Florida. The culture is just different here and it’s been a super neat experience so far.

Meeting people that think differently than you do inevitably changes the way you think as well, if you’re willing to listen.

5 Reasons You Should Move Across the Country

Or Maybe Meet Some More People that DO Think the Way You Do.

Sometimes some place new feels more like home than the old place ever did in some aspects. Remember how I said that I just didn’t jive with “Southern Charm?” I totally DO jive with Colorado charm. As much fun as it is to meet different people, it’s also really nice to be surrounded by so many people that share your values and suddenly you feel understood. It has provided me with much peace of mind knowing that there are entire regions of the US that passionately stand behind my ideals.

The community here and the community that I moved from are so so different. And I am sure that there are a million other variations of different in communities around the world. I know one could never hope to experience them all, but it’s such a cool potential that just blows my mind. Challenge your perceptions of community… it hasn’t let me down yet.

Change Up the Environment.

I spent most of my youth on the Gulf Coast, 20 minutes drive from the ocean. I don’t even really know what it’s like for the ocean to be this exotic entity to long for. It has always been at my fingertips… or between my toes, I guess. It was wonderful. I’m totally not knocking the ocean here, but now I live 30 minutes drive from the Rocky Mountains. And they are surely a sight to see as well. Don’t fool yourself into believing that one environment eclipses the existence of all the others. I miss the ocean everyday, but now I know that if we leave Colorado, I will miss the mountains too.

All the different regions of the country (world, really) have unique environmental wonders to offer. The also affect the lifestyle of the region (see reason #4)… which is pretty cool too.

5 Reasons You Should Move Across the Country

Don’t let fear of change or contentedness with mediocre control your life. Just go. What’s stopping you?

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  • Chel Guild

    First of all, I loaded up my family and moved across country from Cape Coral, too! Small world. Secondly, I totally agree that it changes you for the better. (It wasn’t my first big move and likely won’t be my last.)

    • We’re from Sarasota! DEFINITELY a small world!!! Where did you move to?

  • loveee this! It’s always been a dream of mine to pack up and move to cali!

  • I had the opportunity to leave where I live BUT I have family here and chose to stay. I’m not unhappy with the decision but I do make sure that I travel to learn a thing or two about the world outside my front door.

    • Thats awesome! I do miss my family back home, but they kind of are scattered throughout the country too. Moving or traveling… whichever experience you prefer! Thanks for reading Krysten!

  • Ohbeehave

    I grew up in a really really small town too and I left as soon as I finished school. I have moved to a couple of places since then too, and I agree that it is really important to see different ways of living… you might just surprise yourself! As for making friends, I have a couple that moved to the same city as I did, and a few that moved to other towns but we still keep contact, and I’ve made a few new great friends along the way too 🙂

    • Exactly! With social media these days its so easy to stay close with old friends while making new ones in new places! Thanks for reading!

  • We moved overseas about three years ago–it was a rather sudden decision, but one of the best decisions my husband and I have made together!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I loved this – it’s great you were able to do this because I know a lot of people probably wish they could up and move, and it’s just not financially possible (or not possible for some other reason). I like where I live, but I DO want to get out and travel more.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • You’re right. It’s not always feasible at ALL times. But all goals can be achieved someday if made a priority! Traveling is my favorite! Thanks for reading!

  • Jessica Peresta

    We have definitely thought about getting up and moving so many times! I love this post!

  • My husband and I lived away from our families for the first two years of our marriage and we say it’s the best thing we could have done for our relationship. It really forced us to depend on each other and I think we were able to build a really strong foundation that we would not have been able to if we lived in the same town as his family (which we do now).

    I’ve always said if I could live anywhere else, I’d want to move to Colorado. The fresh mountain air and 300 days of sunshine?! Sign me up!

    • Yes! It really is good for building personal relationships, I should have included that one! And I have NOTHING bad to say about Colorado yet… totally worthy of the hype!

  • Wow! That is so awesome. I currently live in the same city I grew up in, and have only lived elsewhere when I went to college. While I’d love to move somewhere completely different, I wouldn’t love being so far from family.

  • Rachel @ It’s A Hero

    I’ve done this before and, even though it’s put me way out of my comfort zone, I also feel like it helped me grow as a person more than anything else!

  • David Elliott

    This looks like you moved to an amazing place out here. I wish I could pack up and move but I have a situation where I can’t for the time being. But I may have to do it at some point.

  • Lauren Jane

    I would so love to visit Colorado, but a move is something I could never do. We see my parents, grandparents, sisters daily and to be that far away would kill me- being forty minutes away was hard enough. We spent the first four years of marriage and adding kids without support no matter how hard we tried to find friends and I will never go through that loneliness again.

  • Interesting challenge and perspective about cultural diversity in our nation. 😉

  • We just did something similar back in august. We were tired of the day in day out mundane life. We quit our jobs sold our house and moved without having jobs lined up. Three kids and a dog and most our belongings 500 miles away. No regrets. Best I’ve ever felt. Wish I was smart enough to do it before thirty.

  • Lindsey McClure

    You are so brave and carefree! I love it and wish I were more like you…but maybe I can be! 😉

  • It is amazing to read and just feel your carefree personality in this post! We are getting ready to move a few states, and it is nerve racking!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    Wow, what an experience! Sometimes I wish that I had the opportunity to test out other areas of the country, I think it would be an amazing experience 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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