Monday, January 28, 2013

To Move or Not To Move...Decisions..Decisions?!?

Hey Guys!
Soo I'm sure a lot of you moved home after college figuring it would only be for a few months right?  I totally thought the same thing....and it turned out to be a little bit longer than planned...but looking back it was definitly a neccessity and smart move.  The good news:  I was really able to focus on my career search, work off the extra pounds added on in college, develop a healthy meal plan, get together with family and friends, travel & save money!  If I were to have rented an apartment instead, I would have more than likely been struggling financially and been too stressed to really get myself organized.  If you're wondering how long you should stay home....the answer is different for everyone.  I am happy to say that I just moved back out on my own and am so far doing just fine!  The key determining factors for me consisted of  being financially stable, in a career related job and having my diet, fitness and hobbies scheduled with plenty of time to actively work on my career.
It's not a terrible idea to move home if you can for at least a little while to organize and adjust to post college life.  In fact, it's a pretty great idea!  I know... living at home isn't as exciting as having your own place but you can save a ton of money and really focus on what is important to you and start working towards your goals.

Here is a list to help with your adjustment & pick the perfect time to move:
  • Financial stability: rent, cell phone,car insurance, credit cards, food, gas, utilities, loans, other expenses
  • Current job location/length of employment (internship,seasonal, permanent) & income
  • Daily routine: Develop a workout schedule & meal plan that fits your schedule (helps to alleviate stress & improve health)
  • Hobbies:  Everyone needs a break and some time each week to do something you love: (take a cooking, improv, zumba or art class, sign up for a 5k, take a yoga or pilates class, set aside time to read a good book, plan a few concerts to go to with friends or hit up happy hour with your guys or girls to relax and have some much needed laughs. 
  • Furthering your Career: While it is vital to be employeed it is just as important to spend a decent amount of time on training, volunteer work and low paying gigs to further your career.  For those of you in the television field like me: I spend a large amount of my nights and weekends researching topics that I can see myself hosting or reporting on.  I write scripts, and use my Swivl (hands free camerman) (check to record short stand up pieces that I can edit together to continue to improve my on camera skills.
Once your list is made & you've weighed the pros and have one more major decision to make...which type of house/apartment is right for a 20 Something just starting off?  I would have to say the safest, smartest and cheapest bet is to sublease.  Sublets often range anywhere between 1 month to 12 months, are significantly cheaper especially if the current tenant needs to relocate immediately and if you are in an internship or seasonal position or just not completely sure if you love your current least you can opt for the short term lease so you're not obligated to pay rent for a year or longer.  Sublets are also a great way at discovering cities you like and some that you aren't too crazy about.

Make a list, weigh the pros and cons & REMEMBER:  Everything will fall into place when the time is right! =0)