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Old 07-15-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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It's been a year since I moved from NOVA and it's been the best decision I've made short of marrying my wife. I am not here to gloat, though I will say I am SO much happier here in Orlando for ALL the reasons I thought I would be.

The purpose of this thread is to inform people to hang in there if you're unhappy like I was, and while it's hard making the move, stick to your convictions. If you're thinking of making the plunge and are scared, I say do it, but of course do your homework, and secure a job elsewhere before you move. It took me 2 years to get out of NOVA, and the transition wasn't a walk in the park. If you feel that you're just spinning your wheels and you need a change, I wish you the best of luck at stepping up and taking the initiative in moving somewhere that will hopefully make you and your loved ones happier. In my case, the grass is definitely greener on the other side and the move has dramatically changed my life for the better. Best of luck!
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I'm glad it worked for you but going back to Fla. is not something I will ever do. I grew up there as a kid and moved here in 73 and have stayed. I visit often enough in Fla to see family and that's enough for me. I prefer the seasons and the mountains. I would move from NOVA tomorrow if given the opportunity but no chance I'll go any further south.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I like this thread.

Glad you are happy in your new home, Mr. Idealism!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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Wow I can hardly think of a place I'd rather not live than Orlando. If your post and experience shows anything it's "different strokes for different folks."
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Congrats on finding a town that feels like a good fit. I share that feeling, but for me the good fit happens to be right here. It's a good feeling--enjoy!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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Mr. I - we didn't see eye to eye on this area, but glad you found a place that works better for you and think encouraging others who would like to make a change to be bold, and not be resigned to their circumstances, is a powerful message.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Congrats,
I grew up in Orlando so I'm familiar with both it's positives and negatives. Frankly, if the job situation in Florida weren't so abysmal I'd consider doing the same myself. However, NoVA has been good to me too so I'm not spending a lot of effort looking either.

The best moves are the ones you plan and make voluntarily, not the ones you have to make because you have no other options.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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It's been a year since I moved from NOVA and it's been the best decision I've made short of marrying my wife. I am not here to gloat, though I will say I am SO much happier here in Orlando for ALL the reasons I thought I would be.

The purpose of this thread is to inform people to hang in there if you're unhappy like I was, and while it's hard making the move, stick to your convictions. If you're thinking of making the plunge and are scared, I say do it, but of course do your homework, and secure a job elsewhere before you move. It took me 2 years to get out of NOVA, and the transition wasn't a walk in the park. If you feel that you're just spinning your wheels and you need a change, I wish you the best of luck at stepping up and taking the initiative in moving somewhere that will hopefully make you and your loved ones happier. In my case, the grass is definitely greener on the other side and the move has dramatically changed my life for the better. Best of luck!
I left NoVA myself and went to Louisville as most here know. I wanted to get the outta here two years ago. I will never regret leaving but now after some life events and perspective change I think NoVA is the best place for me right now and I'm happy I'm here.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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The best moves are the ones you plan and make voluntarily, not the ones you have to make because you have no other options.
Love this! :-)
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:23 PM
 
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Props to you Mr Idealism AND to Smoke_Jaguar4 who wrote.......

"The best moves are the ones you plan and make voluntarily, not the ones you have to make because you have no other options."
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