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Old 08-22-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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***bump*** Sooooo, as it stands I have a couple of days to decide to sell everything and pack up and leave and choose a city for extended stay living OR stay put in the area and keep trying to find a job with very low wage job prospects. Something's got to give! I have been wanting to leave for a year now but family keeps asking me to STAY due to another family member's needs. She has my brother and other relatives nearby. I feel DEFEATED and SUFFOCATED! If I sell ALL my stuff, it would give me at least a cushion to start over. I want a change! I want a job that will allow me to THRIVE as it is my number one priority!! My family wants me to linger here indefinitely to help them, while they go on with their lives up NORTH. They want me to go on unemployment or get welfare. That's not my goal or desire! I want to work!

If you were in my shoes, would you take a leap of faith or stay put? My heart tells me to DO something. Don't just sit there! I feel STUCK!! I'm looking for a city that I can do temp work right away and get BUSY with work. I can find temporary housing in almost any VIABLE city at least until I get my feet grounded. Why do I feel FROZEN? If I leave, it's a RISK. If I stay, I will just be filled with more and more RESENTMENT as there really isn't much opportunity here. I wish I NEVER moved to Florida! My backup plan if everything falls apart is to stay with my brother in DC and get a job there.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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***bump*** Sooooo, as it stands I have a couple of days to decide to sell everything and pack up and leave and choose a city for extended stay living OR stay put in the area and keep trying to find a job with very low wage job prospects. Something's got to give! I have been wanting to leave for a year now but family keeps asking me to STAY due to another family member's needs. She has my brother and other relatives nearby. I feel DEFEATED and SUFFOCATED! If I sell ALL my stuff, it would give me at least a cushion to start over. I want a change! I want a job that will allow me to THRIVE as it is my number one priority!! My family wants me to linger here indefinitely to help them, while they go on with their lives up NORTH. They want me to go on unemployment or get welfare. That's not my goal or desire! I want to work!

If you were in my shoes, would you take a leap of faith or stay put? My heart tells me to DO something. Don't just sit there! I feel STUCK!! I'm looking for a city that I can do temp work right away and get BUSY with work. I can find temporary housing in almost any VIABLE city at least until I get my feet grounded. Why do I feel FROZEN? If I leave, it's a RISK. If I stay, I will just be filled with more and more RESENTMENT as there really isn't much opportunity here. I wish I NEVER moved to Florida! My backup plan if everything falls apart is to stay with my brother in DC and get a job there.
Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I would just go with Phoenix then. If not that, then maybe Oklahoma City. In OKC, people take religion seriously and the cost of living is low and the climate is warm overall.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:16 AM
 
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I would just go with Phoenix then. If not that, then maybe Oklahoma City. In OKC, people take religion seriously and the cost of living is low and the climate is warm overall.

Thank you. It's nice to get feedback when you feel STUCK!
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:17 AM
 
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Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it.
That is such a beautiful quote. Thank you.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I would just go with Phoenix then. If not that, then maybe Oklahoma City. In OKC, people take religion seriously and the cost of living is low and the climate is warm overall.
Oklahoma City gets COLD in the winter. They see snow and ice and days with highs in the 20's and 30's and lows in the 10's, not the norm, but the fact that they happen is bad enough.

Phoenix would be much less of a change weatherwise from South FL.

Our coldest days of the year (also not the norm) see highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's, similar to a cold day in Orlando or Tampa, and slightly cooler than a cold day in Miami.

Phoenix also has tons of palm trees like Florida, where OKC has none.

Winter avg's Phoenix vs Miami

December Phoenix Hi's 65-71 Lo's 43-48
Miami Hi's 76-78 Lo's 57-60
January Phoenix Hi's 66-69 Lo's 43-47
Miami Hi's 76-77 Lo's 57-60
February Phoenix Hi's 69-74 Lo's 47-50
Miami Hi's 77-79 Lo's 60-62
March Phoenix Hi's 74-81 Lo's 50-57
Miami Hi's 79-81 Lo's 62-66
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Oklahoma City gets COLD in the winter. They see snow and ice and days with highs in the 20's and 30's and lows in the 10's, not the norm, but the fact that they happen is bad enough.

Phoenix would be much less of a change weatherwise from South FL.

Our coldest days of the year (also not the norm) see highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's, similar to a cold day in Orlando or Tampa, and slightly cooler than a cold day in Miami.

Phoenix also has tons of palm trees like Florida, where OKC has none.

Winter avg's Phoenix vs Miami

December Phoenix Hi's 65-71 Lo's 43-48
Miami Hi's 76-78 Lo's 57-60
January Phoenix Hi's 66-69 Lo's 43-47
Miami Hi's 76-77 Lo's 57-60
February Phoenix Hi's 69-74 Lo's 47-50
Miami Hi's 77-79 Lo's 60-62
March Phoenix Hi's 74-81 Lo's 50-57
Miami Hi's 79-81 Lo's 62-66
True, and then there are tornado threads in OKC. However, Phoenix is really not cheap anymore. It's just starting to get a bit pricey nowadays.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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True, and then there are tornado threads in OKC. However, Phoenix is really not cheap anymore. It's just starting to get a bit pricey nowadays.
There is no free lunch, you get what you pay for.

That's why I'm leaving Phoenix for Los Angeles in two years
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Charleston, SC is more costly than some areas of the South, but it has great beaches and cultural amenities as well as a pretty decent job market for its size. It is regarded as a welcoming area for singles and families alike with plenty of transplants from elsewhere, including Florida. The climate is also much more similar to Florida's than Phoenix would be, despite cooler winters.

It sounds like you are located around Port St. Lucie, which from what I've seen as a visitor is pretty much endless residential sprawl without much of a focal point anywhere. Charleston is definitely far more unique and distinctive, and many of the surrounding communities like Mount Pleasant and Summerville also have a real sense of place. Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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Charleston, SC is more costly than some areas of the South, but it has great beaches and cultural amenities as well as a pretty decent job market for its size. It is regarded as a welcoming area for singles and families alike with plenty of transplants from elsewhere, including Florida. The climate is also much more similar to Florida's than Phoenix would be, despite cooler winters.

It sounds like you are located around Port St. Lucie, which from what I've seen as a visitor is pretty much endless residential sprawl without much of a focal point anywhere. Charleston is definitely far more unique and distinctive, and many of the surrounding communities like Mount Pleasant and Summerville also have a real sense of place. Best of luck to you.
Bingo! Thank you. You are correct. I'm in St. Lucie County. Jobs are mainly about $10/hr here for the most part and unless you have a medical profession, you will not be able to make ends meet. I really need a change after 7 years here. I just don't know if I'm up to it at this point. I can't imagine dealing with all my stuff and selling it. It pains me to even think of departing with my things. Nice sofa, tv, dining set, bedroom furniture etc.

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