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Old 03-08-2017, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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$10K can disappear shocking quickly here. I wouldn't move with less, more would be better.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:08 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Great, thanks for all the answers! I appreciate the perspective. I'm arriving with no less than 10k for sure, I have a roommate lined up, my cousin. Also, we are now considering Olympia to save on rent and to be a bit closer to Portland. She photographs concerts and most of her work is there, so we decided on a 50/50 compromise for living. Vancouver/portland metro is also on the list of considerations, but I'd prefer to be closer in to Seattle. Eventually, I'd like to BE in Seattle, but I also understand that it may not be a possibility at first. I'm not totally impatient.

As far as work is concerned, I haven't really figured that part out just yet. I'm happy to wait tables, golf cart girl, cater waiter, etc for awhile until things settle. I have HR experience, BA in Communication, and 10+ years of mixed experience in customer service, hospitality, human resources and golf. With that said, I don't expect to find a job in either HR or media from afar, and certainly not right away. I just need to get out of FL, it's killing me! I'm happy waiting tables or bartending for as long as it takes.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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luna, I'm from Miami originally, I understand. Your attitude sounds great about doing whatever you need to make it work.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:36 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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luna, I'm from Miami originally, I understand. Your attitude sounds great about doing whatever you need to make it work.
The beach is beautiful, for a little while!
Living here year-round and full-time is a bit much though. The incessant sunshine and 100% humidity is slowly killing me. And I live in the panhandle area, so its even worse because there aren't other things to DO to take your mind off. I'm really craving some woods, hiking, snow sports, and clean and cool air. I've ha a love affair with the PNW since I was a little girl, it's time to make it my home.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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My sis lived in Tallahassee and Panama City for some time, pretty dang conservative and Trump loving up in those parts.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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My sis lived in Tallahassee and Panama City for some time, pretty dang conservative and Trump loving up in those parts.
Too right. To each their own, but yes. I'm also craving a more liberal political climate.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Hollywood and Vine
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I was going to say $20K as well at least .. but waited for someone else to say it . It's the truth if you are arriving jobless in this town at this time .
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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sounds like you have flexibility and a good attitude, which will go a long way. I'd say 10k would be minimum, the more the better. You'll have to be thrifty and maybe share a small space for a bit. But you only live once and if you want to try living here, I say go for it. You can always move away.
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Consider the Tacoma area for cheaper rents. For instance:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...09157586_zpid/ ($950 2bd/1ba 820sf)

An hour or so into Seattle on express bus, computer rail, or driving (off-peak). Same will cost you $1,400+ in Seattle.
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Old 03-10-2017, 07:11 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Consider the Tacoma area for cheaper rents. For instance:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...09157586_zpid/ ($950 2bd/1ba 820sf)

An hour or so into Seattle on express bus, computer rail, or driving (off-peak). Same will cost you $1,400+ in Seattle.
Thank you for the tip! Tacoma is definitely on the list of possibilities to save on rent. At first, I don't mind being further away from the city to make it work. We're seriously considering Olympia to start with. Eventually, I'll want to actually live in Seattle ... when the right job comes along. Til then, I'm cool. Just being in the area will be enough for me for quite awhile.
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