jaypeak88 wrote:My question is, has anyone ever been in this same situation (i.e. wanted to move to Colorado, but not known how to pull it off)? Any suggestions for an aspiring young CO resident, trying to move out west without a concrete plan? I'm just looking to see if anyone has been in this situation before, and if so how you've handled it. I only get out west once or twice a year now, and would love to climb more!
My wife and I made plans to move out in 2008 with no jobs and no prior place to live. In fact we hadn't even been to Colorado before! It was down to SLC, Denver, or Seattle (none of which we'd been to they just were close to skiing).
We both REALLY wanted to make it happen so we both took a week off work and drove out here in April '08. Day one we went skiing at Loveland. Day two we searched for apartments. Day three we interviewed for jobs. Not jobs you want to get. You need to interview for jobs that will get you out here. If you REALLY want to be here, you'll make it happen whether you utilize your degree or not. Day four my wife gets hired and we choose an apartment. Day five drive back to Jacksonville. Day six through week four we pack up and move out. Sell everything that won't fit in your car and use the cash for gas money and deposit/first months rent on the apartment. Screw the stuff you have now. Craigslist free section and Freecycle is your friend. Get a dog. Medium or big. Under 40 pounds is unacceptable. You'll only get laughed at. Buy new skis and get a Colorado Pass. Look for a job utilizing your degree while having fun. Thank me later.
Seriously. I can't reiterate enough that if you really want it you'll make it happen. You just have to lower your standards for a few months while you get on your feet. If you refuse to wait tables or work in customer service you're screwed and you won't find a job and can kiss moving out here goodbye. At least for a while.
You're young and (hopefully) single. If you can't make it out here that easilly it's a hopeless cause. You gotta be willing to sacrifice.
EDIT: I actually tried helping out a buddy of mine who wanted to move out from Charlotte. Similar story to ours. Just wanted to head out. This freakin' guy (who I reluctantly still call a friend) absolutely REFUSED to take a job other than what his degree called for him to do. Well, I guess he was content with taking advantage of my wife and I because after almost two years of hooking him up with a room rent free he tucked his...ahem...between his legs and went back to NC to take the easy way out.
Don't be that guy. If you have to live in a 300sf studio and wait tables for a couple months then just do it. Do it while you still can. If you need a room for a few weeks while you find a place I can help you out. Free room while you look for your own place, $300 plus utilities after the fourth week up to three months then I kick you out. Let me know if you'd be interested.