Have you been thinking of a change of scenery lately? Maybe you want to take your career path down a different direction? Maybe there’s a place you’ve always dreamed of living and finally have the funds to do so? Maybe you want to move where the weather is more to your liking? Whatever the reason, here are some questions to consider if you can’t shake the feeling that a move may be in your not too distant future.
1. When it comes to the location in mind, do you know anyone who lives there? Perhaps some family members stay there or a friend or two. Maybe some family friends or former co-workers you bonded with. Reach out to someone you know who lives in the area or close by. Ask them what they love about living there, what they don’t like about it, the job market, what the people are like, etc.
2. If no one you know lives in the area you have in mind, then what is your reason for moving? It may be as simple as the desire for adventure, for something new. But keep in mind it may be a challenging transition moving to a new town where you will have to find a new job, a new place to stay, and make new friends.
3. Will your passions be put into play in this new location? Whether you enjoy the great outdoors, a good coffee shop or book store, concerts and other outdoor events, etc., find out if the location is a great spot for what makes your heart sing.
4. Are you moving or running? Some feel that if they move away from their problems, those problems won’t follow them to a new town or a new state. Wrong. The issues will remain present, even if hidden, and won’t go away until they are properly addressed.
5. Are there job opportunities that are much better than where you are currently? You’ll definitely want to look into this, as this could be your chance to excel in the career you’ve always dreamed of building for yourself. If you own your own business, could the business make it in this new town? You’ll want to make sure you’re living in the right market for what you’ve worked so hard to establish.
6. Will your quality of life improve here? Look at all aspects of your life – job related, family, and relationships/friendships, etc. Will any of these be negatively impacted by your move or will this be the perfect spot for things to finally become balanced? Sure, some may not be happy to see you go; but it’s your life and you must ultimately be happy with the choices you make concerning it.