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Kristen Walker

Hi Audrey,

Happy New Year, and thanks for the update! It makes sense that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about the idea of moving to another state. It’s really exciting to think about, but it also brings up SO many more questions that you don’t have the answer to right now!

First, I think it’s a really good idea to try to line up a job in a new city before up and moving there. That will do a LOT to calm your financial fears. Have you already started looking outside of Colorado for jobs? A lot of people worry that it’s no use applying for a job unless you already live in the city, but Rachel and I have had several clients apply for and get out-of-state jobs — some companies will even pay for relocation costs! If you’re already applying for jobs in places like LA, Brooklyn, and Portland, don’t get discouraged if you haven’t gotten an offer yet. These things ALWAYS tend to take longer than we want. Doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen! Bigger cities like that have LOTS of opportunities, so chances are good that you’ll find the right fit if you keep up your consistency and make it clear in your resume/cover letter that you’re willing to move ASAP if you get the job.

Also, if you’re unsure which city you’d like to move to and what life would be like once you’re there, try this: Pick one city you’re considering moving to, and pretend for a day or two that you ARE moving there. Assume it’s GOING to happen, and act accordingly. Look for places to live, check out groups in the area, research coffee shops and grocery stores and gyms you’d like to go to, see if there are organizations you’d like to be part of or volunteer for, etc. See how you feel as you’re planning your life there. Does it feel homey and welcoming and exciting, or forced and “off”? Then repeat the same thing for the next city! It can help you get a feel (from afar, at least) for what it would be like to live there.

Hope that helps! 🙂