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No matter who we are and where in the world we live, life is filled with highs and lows. Most of us face heartbreak, loss, rejection, and failure at one time or another, but how we bounce back from these lows is a bit different for everyone.
While there is no one way to recover from a low point in life, starting fresh in a new city can be beneficial for some. Maybe you’re living in an expensive area and struggling to make ends meet, or perhaps you’re haunted by good or bad memories and staying put would be too painful.
Whatever the case, these tips from Coach Jen Bilger will help you to start over in a new area. You’ll learn how to find the right city for you, choose a home or rental, and meet friends in your new city or town.
Choose the Right City and Neighborhood
There are a number of things to consider when choosing a place to start anew. You’ll need to consider the availability of jobs in your field; cost of living (e.g. the cost of housing, utilities, healthcare, food, taxes, and transportation); crime rates; climate, and the quality of healthcare and education. A city’s population may also be important to you, especially if you’re looking to transition from city to country life or vice versa.
In addition to choosing a city, think about the things you want and don’t want in a neighborhood. Do you prefer to live on a quiet street rather than one with lots of activity? Would you rather walk or bike around town instead of traveling by vehicle? Are you looking to live in a community with restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and museums? To help you decide, Niche.com shares a list of the best neighborhoods in America.
Decide Whether to Rent or Buy
Once you’ve identified a new city and neighborhood to live in, you’ll need to start looking for a home or apartment. Websites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com make it easy to search for homes in your desired area, regardless of whether you’re interested in buying a home or renting an apartment. If you plan on buying a home, however, be sure to work with a local real estate agent.
If you’re not set on a particular city or neighborhood, renting is probably a better option for you. Websites like Apartment List can be used to find Denver, CO apartments and other verified rentals in desirable US cities like Boulder, New York City, Seattle, San Diego, and Naples. You can search for apartments by the number of bedrooms, pet-friendliness, and amenities like in-unit laundry, dishwashers, and onsite fitness centers. And since some listings include 3D tours, you can view several options before submitting an application or moving to a new city.
Create a Life in Your New City
From finding a job to making friends, creating a life in a new city will likely take some time. It can take hundreds of hours to build lasting friendships, so don’t wait to get out there and explore your new city. You may need to step outside of your comfort zone, but it’ll be totally worth it in the long run.
Starting afresh in a new city gives you the chance to reinvent yourself after hitting a low point in life, but you don’t have to navigate this transition alone. Jen Bilger offers several customized coaching services to help with everything from changing your career path to adapting and overcoming obstacles, so don’t hesitate to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.
Highs and Lows Are a Part of Life
As much as we may try to fight it, highs and lows are a normal part of life. We can’t fully appreciate the highs without also experiencing the lows, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start over somewhere new when life brings us down. For many, moving to a different city or state can be a great way to pick ourselves up and try again somewhere new.
Jen Bilger is a coach, speaker, and certified behavioral consultant helping business leaders and individuals to leverage their strengths at work and in life. Choose your pricing plan and schedule a free 30-minute consultation today. firstname.lastname@example.org