Moving from California to Alaska – freaking out!!!

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: Just because I love polls! How would you feel in my situation?
    Totally calm, there's nothing to freak out about : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Stressed because of the logistics, but not the change itself : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Excited, but nervous : (17 votes)
    49 %
    Freak out central : (10 votes)
    29 %
    Other? (Please share below!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @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
    1838 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    3119 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    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 # 10
    1785 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    7185 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @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
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @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!

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