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Old 03-07-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Overland Park, KS
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OP, we are in almost the opposite situation. We are even younger, 30 and 28 with one child who is just under 1 year old. We still live in our hometown, a good deal of our family and friends are still here, but we just absolutely cannot stand the weather anymore. We are both very outdoor people - we want to be outside walking, hiking, biking, playing, barbecuing, riding motorcycles and driving convertibles, etc. My wife and I have always said that when we retire that we will move to somewhere that is mild year round; somewhere like Monterey, CA. Lately I have been asking - why wait? Let's enjoy it while we are still young!

Our concerns are that we would be in the situation that you are in now. We would be moving away from the majority of our friends and family (wife has some family in that area at least), and I would be stepping out of an excellent career and workplace. We would also have to sell our home and rental property, and buying something even half the size of our current home on the west coast would cost us at least half the price. One one hand it would be worth it, I absolutely cannot stand where we live anymore, but on the other hand I will likely never find another job in my career that is anywhere as good as my current position.

OP, my question to you would be why did you move away in the first place? Is there something about your current location that is more appealing than home?

 
Old 03-07-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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OP, we are in almost the opposite situation. We are even younger, 30 and 28 with one child who is just under 1 year old. We still live in our hometown, a good deal of our family and friends are still here, but we just absolutely cannot stand the weather anymore. We are both very outdoor people - we want to be outside walking, hiking, biking, playing, barbecuing, riding motorcycles and driving convertibles, etc. My wife and I have always said that when we retire that we will move to somewhere that is mild year round; somewhere like Monterey, CA. Lately I have been asking - why wait? Let's enjoy it while we are still young!

Our concerns are that we would be in the situation that you are in now. We would be moving away from the majority of our friends and family (wife has some family in that area at least), and I would be stepping out of an excellent career and workplace. We would also have to sell our home and rental property, and buying something even half the size of our current home on the west coast would cost us at least half the price. One one hand it would be worth it, I absolutely cannot stand where we live anymore, but on the other hand I will likely never find another job in my career that is anywhere as good as my current position.

OP, my question to you would be why did you move away in the first place? Is there something about your current location that is more appealing than home?
good luck! its hard to give up a good career. even though i havent gotten a raise in years, my coworkers and boss are awesome to work with. i have a flexible work schedule and its rarely over 40 hours a week. the benefits and 8 weeks time off per year make it even harder to leave.

reason i moved away in the first place is because i couldnt find a decent job back then. the market has picked up and ive learned several new skills that would make it easy to find a job anywhere.
 
Old 03-07-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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You may be idealizing "home". I guarantee that things have changed since you left. Will you like or be able to adapt to those changes? I went home after 25 years and found the area had grown too populated, stores and places I loved mostly had gone out of business or changed, and most of my friends and family had left. It was really just like moving anywhere, with the exception of being sad about things that aren't there anymore.

If I were you I'd be more actively looking for changes in work rather than going back "home".
 
Old 03-08-2015, 08:40 PM
 
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Follow your heart and do not live with regrets.
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