Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Ok bees… DH came to be in September and proposed the idea of us moving out of state. Long story short, I said “yes” and we started seriously researching and planning. He wrote a letter to his employer proposing the move and outlining how it would be great for the company and they agreed too. So, it was settled, we are moving to Alaksa, he’s opening a new office and is going to be the manager for about 20-25% of the company’s revenue. This is a huge, amazing, incredible opportunity that we are both looking so forward to!
Now fast forward a few months and you get to now… We sold our house in CA got rid of more than half of our possessions. Picked out a house that we semi-custom built in AK (the main floor plan was already settled, but we got to redesign the kitchen,living room , and dining area, plus pick all fixtures, custom tile patterns etc.) packed up what was left, and no we are T-minus 4 days from leaving CA and will arrive in AK on 3/2, closing escrow between 3/3-3/7.
All the details are planned, everything is set, and for some reason I still feel like I’m not ready. As stupid as it is, I’ve been avoiding church for over a month because I don’t want to say goodbye I’ve scheduled plans with all my friends who I won’t see in a super long time. I just feel like all of a sudden all my planning and calm feelings about this move have gone out the window and I’m starting to panic (which is stupid because nothing has changed, and there’s no stopping this train now.)
am I alone here? Have any bees gone through this too? How did you handle the last minute stress? Any Alaska bees have any advice to help prepare me?
Post # 3
@juliette.eliza: I can reply to you for real later- I only have a minute right now- but just wanted to say that living in Alaska is awesome. It can be a challenge because it really is a land of extremes. I grew up here, moved to the lower 48 after college and then came back. I love it here!
Post # 4
i’d be nervous b/c i have no idea what living in alaska would be like except presumably cold. assuming you probably know more since you’llb e living there though.
i imagine anyone would be nervous moving far from family/friends
Post # 5
Where in AK will you be? I think that will have a lot to do with it.
It sounds like this is a great move, and very well thought out. It’s nothing but normal to be feeling the jitters and getting nervous when it’s so close!
Post # 6
I think it’s natural to be a little scared and stressed. But you’ve got your husband and y’all will get through this together….that being said….do you have ANY idea how AMAZING Alaska is?! I would absolutely explode with excitement if we were able to move there. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and there is so much to do and explore. There is no doubt in my mind that you will settle right in and then think about to this and laugh at your worry and stress!
Post # 7
I moved from NJ to OR a few months ago, and it takes getting used to!! The biggest thing for me has been getting settled in, and learning where everything is in my new state. Finding new doctors, getting new licenses, make those a priority!!
Post # 8
I just moved from the US to the UK a few days ago. It was always super exciting and something I looked forward to, but as the day got closer, it was scary and I was overwhelmed. It’s stressful to not only have to pack and unpack all your belongings, but to also be in such a new setting. You’re definitely not alone!
Definitely spend the time you can with your friends. Schedule lunch dates with everyone (or have a small gathering). You’ll treasure those times. Definitely don’t make the move seem like a forever goodbye though. Plan for when you’ll come back for the holidays or a visit, and depart on that note. It makes it way easier to say goodbye!
And keep looking forward to how new and exciting it will all be. What a gorgeous summer you’ll have!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Thanks for all the replies. We will be living just outside of Wasilla (about 45 min north of anchorage for those not familiar) specifically. Southwest of Wasilla, just outside the Palmer Hay Flats.
@li612: honestly, thats about all I know too… I’ve been there twice for a total of about 10 days. For 6 in September and 4 in December, I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area pretty much my whole life.
@MouthOfTheSouth: I do know it’s amazing, that’s the only reason I said yes! It’s just a little scsry for this California girl!
Post # 10
WaaHoo another Alaskan Bee!
Welcome to the greatest state in the union as far as I am concerned. Consider your self lucky being in Alaska is great, I have spent much of my time in the ‘bush’ so I am not too familiar with big city Alaska life down in Wasilla, but I know that being that close to anchorage but not actually in it will be very nice. You can always take the weekend and drive to the city to get furniture/building supplies, no need to worry about barges or bring forever endebted to the aircargo companies. AND the wasilla safeway store as a GREAT olive bar! (The Palmer one does too but I reccomend the Wasilla one anyway)
I think you will find it really isn’t all that different than some of the smaller places in Northern Cali. Relax, Stop by Vagabond Blues – the great little coffee shop down in Palmer. Plan a long weekend with your DH to Talkeetna or Homer. You are going to love it. Also feel free to PM me if you are feeling lost/confused/hopeless adjusting to the whole alaskan nonsence. Mr. J is from big city cali and can totally offer some tips, I also have a lot of friends down in Palmer who can suggest fun things to do.
Best of luck!
Post # 11
I actually moved from CA to AK myself about a year and a half ago!! We live in Wasilla. My hubby was already up here though, so it was really just a transition for me. The hardest part was being far away from my friends and family, but I have had my family come visit a few times already, and it was just so cool to share such an amazing place with them! We do a lot of FaceTime and chatting on the phone, and my parents are coming up in a few months to meet their first grandbaby! Honestly the cold was hard to adjust to at first, but the summers are just so amazing and gorgeous, and we are super outdoorsy so being able to hike and fish and camp so close to where we live is just awesome. The atmosphere is so different from CA, I’ve found people to be more friendly, and the pace is a bit slower and life just feels simpler up here. I don’t know if I ever want to leave!! PM me if you have any questions or need anything, like I said I’m in Wasilla so pretty close to where you’ll be!
Post # 12
@juliette.eliza: DH and I moved from Orange County California to North Carolina the day after we got married. I’m not going to lie to you, the transition has been really hard, and we would like to move back to CA. I hope you have a great transition though!
Post # 13
@juliette.eliza: I’m moving 15 minutes away and I’m freakout central… but I have severe panic disorder. :p GOOD LUCK YOU ARE BRAVER THAN I!