Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pondering a Potential Move

Ever since Rob lost his job three weeks ago, our life has undergone some major changes. For instance, instead of buying groceries, household goods, and cosmetics without any thought, I am forced to ask myself, "Do we really NEED this?" I find that we don't actually need half of the stuff we buy. It's amazing how much a family can forgo when push comes to shove.

Rob was pretty miserable for the first two weeks of unemployment. His new full-time job was searching for a job, and he locked himself our basement office all day, every day. He applied everywhere, knowing that if we were open to relocation, he might have a better chance at being hired. Even though I told Rob I would move if we had to, in the back on my mind, I didn't think we would really need to worry about that. After all, he could definitely get something in NJ...right?

Then a recruiter from Georgia called. GEORGIA???!!! What?? My only familiarity with Georgia is a few rest stops on my way to Florida. Maybe a Burger King or two. Could we actually live there? Rob has lived in NJ for most of his life and I've been here since I was 15. We are used to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Northeast. We would probably stick out like sore thumbs in Georgia. Then again...with the way the economy is today, what if this is the only job offer Rob gets? We wouldn't have a choice...

Before I get ahead of myself, I must remember that Rob has not been offered the job yet. He is going down for an interview on Monday and will be there overnight and into Tuesday. There are a million thoughts swirling through my head. What if they really like him? What if he falls in love with the area? We've heard the Savannah area is beautiful. What if the prices are as reasonable as everyone says they are? What if the climate is better? What if they make him an offer he simply cannot refuse? We need to be prepared with an answer.

Yes, I am thinking positively. When both husband and wife are unemployed, the only way to go is up. Things can only get better. In typical "Chanel" fashion, I have come up with a Pro/Con list for moving to Georgia. There are only two cons, but one of them is pretty darn big...

Pros:

  • A chance to start over, make new friends, explore a new area, etc...
  • Lower cost of living, which means we might actually be able to afford a single family house with a yard and (gulp), a pool!!! Goodbye, townhouse!
  • Free preschool for kids ages 4 and 5
  • No more harsh winters
  • A chance to live in a beautiful, historic area
  • The company has room for growth (Rob won't be stuck in the same position forever)
  • My parents want to retire to that area in 5-10 years
  • We would be able to get out of NJ, one of the most expensive states in the nation. We would have lower property taxes and lower insurance rates. We might actually have some money in the bank!
Cons:

  • Really humid summers....yuck!
  • So. Far. Away. From. My. Family. I am sick thinking about it. It would be at least a 14 hour drive or a plane ticket. My kids wouldn't be able to grow up with their cousins. They wouldn't have grandparents nearby. I have never been away from my family. So...even though there aren't many cons, this one is HUGE. Ugh.
What to do? What to do? Well, nothing, for now. I have to sit and wait until next week when Rob has the interview. Waiting is truly the hardest part!!! Please wish us luck...

1 comment:

  1. Hang in there, Chanel. You know you are never tasked with anything you can't accomplish with a little bit of faith and a strong moral compass. You missed another positive on your list: Season Passes to Disney World!

    But seriously, take it one day at a time, one hour if you must. Let him wow this company and see what they offer him. If it's God's will that you move, then so be it. If not, then another job will come along in due course. You certainly won't go hungry -- and you will always have a roof over your head... Your family and friends wouldn't let you and your children suffer like that.

    So in reality, what use is there in worrying? Relax in the passenger's seat for awhile and let God steer the Minivan of Life!

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