Don't get me wrong. I am very aware that people move away all the time, and that we are not the first people to drop everything we know and put a whole country in between ourselves and our family and friends. We aren't special, we just happen to have a blog and I just happen to be thinking about the change in our lives over the past two months. We have basically made a trade, a big one.
-- Home ownership to renter-ship (and are only paying 2.5x our mortgage in rent - whew!)
-- Two cars for one / driving everywhere to driving only on weekends
--90+ degree weather and 100% humidity for 60 degree days with no humidity
-- Proximity to the mountains for proximity to the beach, mountains, redwoods, ski resorts, national parks, etc.
-- Verizon for At&t (sorry still crushing on my iPhone)
-- 1600 square feet for 700 square feet of living space
-- Deeply entrenched Southern Conservatism for possibly the most liberal city in America
-- East coast for West Coast (duh)
-- A large church for one less than 1/3 its size
-- Suburbs for city
-- Two jobs for one (still working on this one, I would like to make it an even trade)
-- Everything familiar to all things new, exciting, scary, and strange
All said, it's been a huge change for us. We've had to just depend on each other. Although we are very independent (and I' m sure our parents would have loved to help us more than we let them), we have realized just how "by ourselves" we really are. It's been great for us: we've had to grow up.
Maybe the best thing about the move for us was the fun and exciting things we're able to do every week in this amazing city. Probably the most difficult part (for me) was leaving our dog behind. I've never, EVER been petless. The first few weeks I cried everytime I saw dogs playing (and if you know anything about San Francisco, there are dogs everywhere). I had to fight the urge to hug every big sweet dog in sight. It's better now, really. It was a good decision and our dog has the best new parents he could possible have - probably better than we were.
We love our new home. It's completely different, but that makes the adventure so much more exciting. It's been a big change - but a great one!