For those of you who have been following me from the beginning, you know that I am a California girl through and through. I was born and raised in California, Northern California to be exact and as an adult, I lived in Southern California. So basically, I am a “Cali Girl”. I would never have thought I would leave this beautiful place. The thought of moving out of the state of California had never crossed my mind.
After meeting my husband who was born in Florida and raised in Georgia and California, he would always say “there is so much more opportunity outside of California”.
If you don’t know, California is one of the most expensive places to live and the jobs pay less than the cost of living. With that said, we were working to pay our bills and make sure we had a roof over our head.
Do you pay about $2,000.00 a month for a small 650sq ft apartment with no storage or washer/dryer?
Let’s just say the cost of living in California is way too high.
It wasn’t until I took a trip out to Cincinnati OH/Northern KY to visit my sister that my mind was open and the peace that I experienced there was amazing. The feeling was something that I can’t describe.
During the trip, my mom wanted to view apartments to see what the cost difference was. And figure out if she wanted to move to the area. Let me tell you, my mind was blown. The apartments were all large and included washer/dryer and plenty of storage and room. The average cost of a 2-bedroom apartment was $850.00. I just couldn’t believe it. As soon as I made it home I told my husband about it and showed him pictures and videos of the area that we were in, and he fell in Love.
Once I made it home from my trip, we had just received our renewal notice for our apartment and of course, the rent was being raised a significant amount. So, my husband and I sat down and talked out our options.
- Stay where we are and pay the high rent
- Look for another place for higher rent, pay for movers, deposit, etc.
- Try something new
After some discussion and prayer, we made the decision to start over and move to a place where we will be able to live our lives and not have to work to live. A place where we can have a better quality of life. This was such a huge decision for me, but I am so glad that we are starting over in a new place. Know I feel like so much pressure has been taken off me financially and it feels so good. I have never experienced so much peace.
So the moral of this post is don’t be afraid to start over, whatever you decide to do may end up surprising you.
Be sure to check back as I will be sharing my experience exploring my new city.