All posts filed under: Moving

Simple in the City: Where to Live

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: cities aren’t all just cement and buildings, and rural areas aren’t all just cornfields or desert. There’s so much variation throughout every landscape that you can make just about anything out of just about anywhere. So once you decide where to live (there aso many great cities to choose from), you have to decide exactly where to live within that space. And if you’re looking to keep things simple, the cheapest area is not always the most ideal. So what should you look for in a city dwelling? Location This is honestly my top priority, especially in a city like Los Angeles. I know so many people with 45+ minute commutes each way – and it’s not a peaceful one, either. It may take some fancy financial footwork, but living as close as you can to your work and everyday needs will save you more than it costs in the long run. We managed to find an apartment that is surrounded by grocery stores, cafes…

Guide to Relocation: Transporting Your Car

My original plan to move to LA (two years ago) involved driving across the country. That plan was quickly shut down and I ended up having to transport my car. Driving would’ve been cheaper, but unfortunately that wasn’t an option. I didn’t know where to start. Naturally, I jumped on Google and researched away. Here are a few things I learned: 1. To quote or not to quote? The upside to getting a quote is that it will give you an estimate for the fees. The downside is that one year later (no joke) you may still receive the occasional quote from a company you looked into. How can you get a quote and avoid the spam emails? I advise calling different companies. Typically they’ll get back to you via phone. Or if they email you it comes from a person and not an automated system. Also, the “quote” is an ESTIMATE. The price is not guaranteed. Typically the company has the find a driver and then see if they will agree upon the price. …

Moving Away Part 1: How to Grad School

Originally posted on How Do I Grown Up:
As I’ve mentioned, I’m headed to grad school this month. No big deal, just casually moving from Seattle to New York City. About three months in to my two year Peace Corps term I decided to go to grad school when I got home and began obsessing. On my weekly trip to the capitol city, I would copy and paste page after page or poorly loaded content from university websites and compile them into guides on my computer. I got pretty into tables of contents. From there I would read through each guide, judging the school’s education program on three excel pages of factors, organized by priority. After a year and a half, I had a spreadsheet of over 40 schools. I applied for three. My point is that I had the time to obsess about grad school and systematically evaluate my options before picking the best fit. I then had enough time to take the GRE and apply for schools. Peace Corps was a blessing that taught me…

6 Months After Starting Over

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
Here we are, a little over six months from when we officially said goodbye to our friends and families and most of our stuff. If you’re new to the blog, my husband and I moved from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to seek better work and more sunshine. We got rid of most of our things and packed the rest into a little Honda Civic. It feels like we’ve been here forever, but recently we got the chance to go back to Indiana and it was strange how much it felt like we never left. Before I get into the personal updates, I want to give a little general advice. If you want to move, move. This phrase can be adjusted for anything you’re aspiring to do. If you want to X, X. You don’t have to move. It’s not for everyone. But it was for us! The most rewarding thing that has come out of this whole journey is the confidence. We wanted to do something, so we did it. We are…