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Old 01-01-2018, 10:44 PM   #1
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I love to travel and do a lot of it. However I've lived in the same area my whole life. I'm well connected here and established. After seeing different parts of the state and country I've realized I live in a very "blaaaaaa" part of Texas. No salt water, no hills/mountains, no clear water, no exotics, no views that make you stop and thank God he has allowed you to experience this spot, no turkey, 1 deer that made the 13" rule since it was instated......how does one just up and move away?
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:46 PM   #3
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Pack, leave, move in.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:47 PM   #4
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I’ve done it three times. I always found me a job where I was like ok’ing to go and then moved. One move we owned a house so we sold it after we moved
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:48 PM   #5
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Well we up and moved from Houston to Colorado because we wanted to. We were tired of the growth and bustle. Took some though and prep. Gotta be prepared to take some flak from family. We moved away from both sets of grandparents. Which was tough on our part. But we are so happy we did it.

Went back for Christmas this year and it reaffirmed our idea of moving.

I'd suggest you have a job lined up before you jump though
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:49 PM   #6
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Find a job first, load up and leave. I left BCS almost 3 year’s ago and I’ve never been happier!
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:49 PM   #7
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So there may be a job. IF landed the pay scale is 10-40,000$ higher than my current job. But cost of living is through the roof too.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:49 PM   #8
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Biggest recommendation I can make is take some time go to the area you're looking at moving to and getting a hotel room and job hunting. Have employment lined up BEFORE you commit to a lease and move. Nothing more stressful then moving to an area and having a limited amount of money and getting close to running out before getting employment.

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Old 01-01-2018, 10:50 PM   #9
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So there may be a job. IF landed the pay scale is 10-40,000$ higher than my current job. But cost of living is through the roof too.

It will all pan out as long as you and your wife discuss and agree on things. Support one another and it will go smoothly.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:51 PM   #10
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So where you wanting to move too?
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:51 PM   #11
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I spent my first 26 years of my life in Odessa. I still work about 2 hours west of Odessa. When m y daughter was born me and the wife decided we needed to move as its not a good place to raise a child. We have now lived in Georgetown for 2 years and it took a good long while for it to feel like home to me. It took a lot of money and time and planning but we made the right choice. However, being gone for 14 days at a time suks with a family but that's what it takes to make that kind of money I guess. With that said, Odessa will likely always feel like home to me. West Texas is home. It made me who I am and where I built my career. But its not "home" if that makes sense. You just gotta do it. Lots of sacrifices and lots of praying. If its meant to be it will be. The way everything fell into place for us was most certainly Gods doing. From having a house fall in our lap in a market that homes sell in hours to being offered a job that easily accommodated living anywhere in the country. To my wife finding the perfect part time job and a place for my daughter to go and learn and interact with other kids while I am at work. Its been a hell of a ride and a blessing. Good luck man.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:52 PM   #12
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I joined the military.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:52 PM   #13
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It will all pan out as long as you and your wife discuss and agree on things. Support one another and it will go smoothly.
I agree on the support. My wife went through a hard time, still does from time to time, with not having her mom nearby
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:54 PM   #14
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So where you wanting to move too?
Florida keys.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:55 PM   #15
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:56 PM   #16
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Florida keys.
Hurricanes and retired people.....NO WAY!
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:58 PM   #17
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Hurricanes are part of the coastal life and I want to be a retired person some day!
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:00 PM   #18
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I understand.....I’m not saying that retired people are bad but there’s alot of them their is all....Some of the advice above was to go spend some time there and that might be great advice.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:02 PM   #19
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I do spend time there. I fly out the 17th to spend more time there. Liking the area is not the problem at all!
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:05 PM   #20
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My wife and I moved to VA when I started grad. school there. Then we moved to AR for two years with my first job. Weíve been back in my wifeís home town for about 3 years now. Weíre two hours from my mother. Likely we will stay in this area.


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Old 01-01-2018, 11:06 PM   #21
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If that’s the case, just sit down talk to your family about it, pray about it and then man up with a decision. It’s tough at first but if you’re doing it for the right reason then it’ll all work out.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:09 PM   #22
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Those Key deer are tiny... The Keys are beauitful, good luck in your decision!!
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:10 PM   #23
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Just go for it man. I grew up in irving, as did my mom. She had lived that 50+ years so it was absolutely home and they up and moved three hours away one day. My brother and I had no idea they were even looking. I moved out of there after 20 years but didn’t get far enough, now I’m about to join my folks and the rest of the family out in the sticks. I’m tired of living in town, tired of people, traffic, the hustle and bustle... I need some peace and quiet. Pray, follow your heart and take the plunge.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:11 PM   #24
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Family is on board, I'm the one feet dragging. Prayer does come first before any action will be taken.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:12 PM   #25
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Home is where the heart is......south Louisiana ! My body must be where I can maximize a living!!!

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Old 01-01-2018, 11:15 PM   #26
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I understand that! Thankfully I'm in a spot now that my body can follow my heart.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:20 PM   #27
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I love to travel and do a lot of it. However I've lived in the same area my whole life. I'm well connected here and established. After seeing different parts of the state and country I've realized I live in a very "blaaaaaa" part of Texas. No salt water, no hills/mountains, no clear water, no exotics, no views that make you stop and thank God he has allowed you to experience this spot, no turkey, 1 deer that made the 13" rule since it was instated......how does one just up and move away?

I moved from Louisiana to Texas 11.5 years ago, and the hardest part was leaving family behind.

I miss the fishing on the coast, but the constant having to send my family off when hurricanes called for evacuation just got old. Not to mention never knowing if you'd have a home to go back to after the storm.

So, how did we jump up and move?

First, I had the reason, tired of storms.

Second, had a house to sell that shot up in value after hurricane katrina.

Third, wife is a RN. She was able to get a job almost immediately.

Finally, the city we choose, I did have relatives, so finding the right area to move to and info on the area lessened the learning curve.

I work in IT and thought it was be easy to get a job, but little did I know. The job I found was at a pay cut, and it took about 2 years to find something better. Its taken a while and I feel I'm back on track career wise, but I don't regret moving.

Now with that said, what is it you feel you're missing where you are?

I have to travel an hour or more to get to decent spots to go hunting. Freshwater fishing, I've got close spots to hit, but I much prefer saltwater over fresh. That's a 3 hour drive and not really a trip I enjoy in a single day.

If you're in Bryan TX, you're a stone's throw away from Lake Somerville. Right next to it are two WMAs for bow hunting. And if you head east, you're practically next to Sam Houston Forests. And if you hit Galveston for some saltwater action, you're less than 3 hours away.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:25 PM   #28
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I've made three cross country moves with my family and I'll probably end up moving again some day. I understand how difficult this decision can be. I don't regret any of our moves, but they can be difficult on your family.

I always sat down with my wife and made sure she was 100% on board first. That was the most important thing. After that, it's all logistics and planning. Much simpler than it seems..just need to be organized.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:39 PM   #29
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I moved away from home when I left high school and have been trying to find a way to get back there ever since.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:44 PM   #30
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Just move it’s simple.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:06 AM   #31
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My home is wherever my wife is.
We have moved 4 times since we married and I never regretted it once.
We are in Oklahoma now and away from any drama or BS from her family, we will move back to Texas when we retire and we are already discussing where we want to live, I'm thinking south Texas.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:36 AM   #32
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I spent my first 26 years of my life in Odessa. I still work about 2 hours west of Odessa. When m y daughter was born me and the wife decided we needed to move as its not a good place to raise a child. We have now lived in Georgetown for 2 years and it took a good long while for it to feel like home to me. It took a lot of money and time and planning but we made the right choice. However, being gone for 14 days at a time suks with a family but that's what it takes to make that kind of money I guess. With that said, Odessa will likely always feel like home to me. West Texas is home. It made me who I am and where I built my career. But its not "home" if that makes sense. You just gotta do it. Lots of sacrifices and lots of praying. If its meant to be it will be. The way everything fell into place for us was most certainly Gods doing. From having a house fall in our lap in a market that homes sell in hours to being offered a job that easily accommodated living anywhere in the country. To my wife finding the perfect part time job and a place for my daughter to go and learn and interact with other kids while I am at work. Its been a hell of a ride and a blessing. Good luck man.
Good for you T8, Georgetown is a pretty nice place to land. Congrats

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Old 01-02-2018, 07:37 AM   #33
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Sounds like once you have locked down a way to make enough $ it will be easy. Start liquidating and saving as much as you can and find employment and temporary housing there. I would not buy until I lived in an area first
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:48 AM   #34
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Ain't no law says you can't move back if it doesn't end up being what you wanted either. Tough decision for sure tho. Best of luck to y'all.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:52 AM   #35
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I joined the Army WAY Back in 1980 and after 20+/- years retired in Texas ! Go back to visit family during Trout season ... Lol
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:54 AM   #36
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:00 AM   #37
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All I got for you is this. I have lived my entire life in the Midland/Odessa area.

Jobs kept us here. We wish now we would have upped and moved many yrs ago. Sucks living here, I hate it and all we talk about is retiring and leaving. I am not sure if that will happen.

Get your ducks lined up and move forward. Do not wait 30 plus yrs and think "I should have moved way back......." life is way too short, enjoy it when and where you can.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:11 AM   #38
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Well we up and moved from Houston to Colorado because we wanted to. We were tired of the growth and bustle. Took some though and prep. Gotta be prepared to take some flak from family. We moved away from both sets of grandparents. Which was tough on our part. But we are so happy we did it.

Went back for Christmas this year and it reaffirmed our idea of moving.

I'd suggest you have a job lined up before you jump though
Don't get me wrong as I love Colorado, but they may have Texas beat on growth and even worse, It's Californians.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:13 AM   #39
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I left Texas when I went to college (UM) so it was easy. Sounds like u
& family r ready, housing can be difficult, houses with yards & apts. are smaller. Lifestyle is different it's laid back & you'll find yourself outdoors most of the time, bit more expensive.

Took me a couple years to adjust I've lived on Miami Beach for nearly 50 years, now retired, home is paid & it was the right decision. I like visiting Texas for family events & even bought a house in Houston years ago but I'll never move back to Tx.. My son & Mom were actually born in Houston but Son lives in Nebraska & his Mom now lives in Brazil
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:15 AM   #40
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You only live once in this world, It helps if you have a friend or relative in the area you want to move. I have moved to 5 different states since 1981 and it's been pretty cool. Good Luck, ask God to open a door or show you a sign on this matter.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:49 AM   #41
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For my wife and me it came down to a job. It was mid-October 2016 and I was unemployed yet again in PA. I wasn't looking for a job in another state, but one day got an email from an old co-worker. We worked together at USAirways in 2014 (he was in Phoenix and I was in Pittsburgh). He works for American now in DFW and they were hiring an engineer. By the end of October they flew me out for an interview, 2 weeks later I got the job offer which included a relocation package. In December they flew both of us out for a house hunting trip. We looked at houses all week all over the metroplex and made an offer on one out here in nowhere Springtown the day we left to come back to PA. It was accepted two days later. This weekend will be a year in Texas for me. I came out and lived in a hotel for a month waiting to close on this house, then I flew back to PA and drove my wife and our pets out here to our new house. We got lucky again (or blessed depending on your beliefs) and she works remotely for the same company she worked for in PA. So she didn't even have to job hunt. They shipped her stuff out and she set up an office in a spare bedroom. I hate how crowded the metromess is and the commute is awful (I knew it would be before we bought this house) and we both miss our friends/family in PA. But we both love Texas and don't regret the move at all. We were in a rut and the change of scenery and pace has done us both good.

You really just have to find a job and do it. Our move happened in the course of 2.5 months; from no idea we wanted to leave PA to me living in a hotel in TX. Of course it helped my employers has a good relocation package. That is why finding a job first is important, they may help with relocation depending on what you do for a living.

Good luck. My brother lived in Florida and hated it. He insists it's a good place to visit but not to live. But we are all different so you may love it. Plenty of people live there so lots of folks must like it .
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:12 AM   #42
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I love to travel and do a lot of it. However I've lived in the same area my whole life. I'm well connected here and established. After seeing different parts of the state and country I've realized I live in a very "blaaaaaa" part of Texas. No salt water, no hills/mountains, no clear water, no exotics, no views that make you stop and thank God he has allowed you to experience this spot, no turkey, 1 deer that made the 13" rule since it was instated......how does one just up and move away?
Well, you just up and move away. Suitcases aint gonna pack themselves
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:19 AM   #43
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:22 AM   #44
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:24 AM   #45
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I spent my first 26 years of my life in Odessa. I still work about 2 hours west of Odessa. When m y daughter was born me and the wife decided we needed to move as its not a good place to raise a child. We have now lived in Georgetown for 2 years and it took a good long while for it to feel like home to me. It took a lot of money and time and planning but we made the right choice. However, being gone for 14 days at a time suks with a family but that's what it takes to make that kind of money I guess. With that said, Odessa will likely always feel like home to me. West Texas is home. It made me who I am and where I built my career. But its not "home" if that makes sense. You just gotta do it. Lots of sacrifices and lots of praying. If its meant to be it will be. The way everything fell into place for us was most certainly Gods doing. From having a house fall in our lap in a market that homes sell in hours to being offered a job that easily accommodated living anywhere in the country. To my wife finding the perfect part time job and a place for my daughter to go and learn and interact with other kids while I am at work. Its been a hell of a ride and a blessing. Good luck man.
You got lucky and talked to the right people.......Glad it all worked out.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:24 AM   #46
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I struggle with this constantly living in Houston. On one hand, I love our neighborhood and friends in the area. My wife and I both have great jobs and are on track to retire early.

On the other hand, my kids don't ride their bikes or have any freedom, because of the traffic, proximity to I10, etc. I'd like them to learn a bit about living off the land, and can do some of that by taking them hunting/fishing/etc, but not to the extent I'd prefer.
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You got lucky and talked to the right people.......Glad it all worked out.
Some sketchy guy from Houston hooked it up
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:27 AM   #48
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My wife and I moved from NW FL to Austin 25 years ago and opened a business. It's tough being that far from some of the family and a blessing being that far away from some of the family. Our business allows us to travel back frequently so it has worked out well.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:39 AM   #49
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If the family is on board get your employment & finances lined out, pray to our Good Lord and do it. I am in a similar situation and 4 years from being eligible for retirement at 51. Looking to make a move soon and hoping to try possible retirement locations while still on the job so I can make the jump soon after I retire.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:42 AM   #50
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Florida keys.
What are you waiting for?

I too am looking at moving in the near future
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