Update to my cross country move thread

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@littlemisst08:  Our head office is in Bellevue just outside Seattle – I’m sure if you want any tips/advice I can ask around for you too!

Hope everything goes ok – I’m sure things will work out for the best, no matter how scary and crazy they are right now. See it as an adventure, and a change can be an awesome thing.

Good luck with it all, and keep us posted – we’re all here to support you too!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@littlemisst08:  You will do fine. There are so many advantages to living in Seattle, only one of which is that you are only a little over 2 hours from Vancouver, BC, Canada!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@littlemisst08:  Haha yeah I’ve heard it’s not cheap! Living in London I’m sure I can sympathise with that…. my rent on a teeny 1 bed flat on the outskirts of London (my commute to work is around an hour) with the world’s smallest yard is $1,585 (and that is just rent, before you even start to look at bills!) so if you need any budgeting tips I can help with that too Wink

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@littlemisst08:   I was in the exact same boat as you. I moved from CA to MO. I had to start looking for a job before hand, Blind apartment shopping in areas I had no clue about. I had to transfer everything over, get a new bank, register car, DL, and adjusting to the different grociery stores, the cost of living, the neighborhoods, new job, new people. I hated that I moved in the first year. On top of all of that We drove and it took 2 and half days. We made it into town a a few days before Christmas.

Fiance found out he needed to move in August-September, we went apartment shopping in Noevember and moved in December. HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED!!!!  

The beauty of this kind of chaos is that its a life experience and a great story to tell people. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@littlemisst08:  That’s funny. In the “What do you think if when you think of the USA” thread, I was going to respond that many Americans have no idea of geography- that Canada is attached to the USA!

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in about 2 hours. The ferry from Seattle takes you to Victoria which is on Vancouver Island, part of BC.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@littlemisst08: Awesome, keep us posted. Since leaving San Antonio, I’ve lived in 7 other cities (including one abroad) and the big thing that helped was getting rid of stuff. Stuff is replaceable. Donate, sell and purge all the things you don’t need

ride the wave. Control is an illusion. The COL difference takes some getting used to but highly skilled jobs will enable you to live. My first job in Seattle paid 2x what a comparable job in San Antonio would pay, and with more upward mobility. 

Now that I live in SF, I miss the rents / mortgages of Seattle! 🙂 Sending hugs!!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@littlemisst08:  BC is about 1.5 times the size of Texas. It’s just that Vancouver and Seattle are both relatively close to the border- Vancouver is closer.

Post # 14
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295 posts
Helper bee

Moving cross country sucks. Last June I moved for my DH for his new job. It was a 14 hr drive from our families and we knew no one in our new state. We blindly shopped for apartments on line which for the area we wete moving to was not good. What my DH ended up doing was ask his company to find him an apartment based on a seriEs of hardcore requirements that we had. and it turned out that the apartment they found for us was super nice. It took us a while to adjust since being out here because its so different with things like this new states taxes on everything, liquor laws, and how stupid people drive around here. But after the adjust peirod we actual starting to like(on the verge of loving it here). My big advice when it comes to blindly shopping for apartments talk to your DH correspondence about the apartmentsbthey would recommend. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve done the cross country move twice! Yup, definitely stressful! But wow you moved to an awesome area!! I’m sure it’ll feel more and more like home to you. One thing I feel, still sometimes, is like I’m on vacation. Everything is new! I freakin’ love Seattle.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow, I can’t believe this all happened so fast! How exciting 🙂  We are definitely going to put together a Seattle Bee meetup in the near future. Woop woop

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