March 25, 2010

Adios Wisconsin

Posted by Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird at 10:46 AM
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For those that read my personal blog, you know that Dustin and I are seriously considering moving to Tampa, FL in the fall.

The entire "let's move" talk started off as kind of a joke. D and I have lived in the Midwest our entire lives and you would think at this point we'd be used to snow and cold. Nope. I hate it and Dustin's getting there too. So last year we started saying, "We should just move." But in that not really serious kind of voice.

Except somehow this changed over the last year. And in the last few weeks we've been talking about really, seriously just picking up and moving.

How can we do this? Well, we don't own a home. We don't have kids. I'm not working right now and my classes are all going to be online. Dustin's job provides him with the opportunity to work from home from anywhere in the world (barring we'd have internet and a landline, that is). Yes, we have family and friends here but at this point in our lives we're kind of thinking, "Why not? We need an adventure!"

I've been researching apartments in Florida (how are they so much CHEAPER and NICER than anything that can be found here in River Falls, WI) and Dustin is working on finding out exactly how working from home would be. But it really sounds like we might just be doing this. For real.

The weird part is that part of me feels like I should be at least a little freaked out about this. But I'm NOT. Sure, I'm going to miss my friends and family. And the Mall of America. And the drive-in. Oh and AUTUMN. I'll miss that season. But not enough to keep me here right now.

Florida... here we come?

39 comments:

Cara Smith on March 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM said...

Cost of living is for some reason so much more where you are at. One thing you need to be prepared for is the insurance. Even renting an apartment, you will need to have insurace in the case of damage from hurricanes.

Rene W. on March 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM said...

My husband & I did this very thing 4 years ago!!! It's so exciting - it took us 2 years to plan for it & make the leap of faith. The best advice I can give you is to research the heck out of where you want to go. Visit a few times before the move & really look at it objectively. Best of luck on your journey!

webb on March 25, 2010 at 3:58 PM said...

And look at taxes. My understanding is that they are low there - why else would all those retirees be headed that way. You may want to consider the neighborhoods as you start to narrow it down, and make sure you don't end up somewhere that you are 30 years younger than everyone else. That happened to some friends of mine who moved there in their 50's and were surrounded by 80's. They eventually found a house in another neighborhood.

Great time to make it an adventure. Enjoy!

Meghan on March 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM said...

Wow, Krysten. I admire you and Dustin for taking this chance and embracing this change together as a married couple. No matter what you decide, I bet it's comforting to know that you are going to embark on this adventure together:)

Salt on March 25, 2010 at 8:08 PM said...

I am SO excited for you guys! I think it's going to be such an amazing adventure and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Take it from me...moving can be such a great thing. Life is too short to not have experiences like that! And if in the end you guys decide that you want to move back, there would be nothing stopping you!

Smart Ass Sara on March 25, 2010 at 9:38 PM said...

You go girl. Because then I have a free room when I go to Florida. ;)

my name is lauren. on March 25, 2010 at 11:46 PM said...

eeeep! big decision! florida really would be lovely though....mmmmm.....sunshine. maybe craig and i can join you on your move? :).

JennyMac on March 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM said...

You can ALWAYS move back...follow the sun Mrs! And think of all the new adventures ahead.

tinypaperheart on March 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM said...

that sounds exciting! and brave, too. :)

drollgirl on March 26, 2010 at 4:25 PM said...

um, THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! ay yi yi! ohemgee! i think it is so cool that you guys are able to do this! can't wait to hear what happens!

Candice on March 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM said...

I say go for it.

Me and my husband did the same thing after we first got married. We picked up and moved to Richmond Va, away from family, friend, etc.

It was definitely an adventure, and we spent 8 years there before we decided to move back to Texas.

Moving now will be much easier before you decide to start a family. I think the hurricane aspect of Florida would sort of suck, but so would the snow! ;)

Best of luck!

Queenie Jeannie on March 27, 2010 at 8:29 AM said...

Although I was born and raised in NY, I was living in WISCONSIN before we moved to Georgia. Confused yet??? I can tell you I sure didn't miss those brutal midwest winters when we were in our shorts and tank tops our first Christmas!!!

Go for it!

LambAround on March 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM said...

I would love, love, LOVE to move to Florida! Or California. Or Austin, TX. Or Oregon or Washington. (anywhere other than New Mexico, really!)
As long as you aren't tied down to Wisconsin, you may as well have fun and move. If you don't like Tampa, you can always move back :)

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Hope Chella on March 27, 2010 at 9:45 PM said...

wow that's great...wishing you both the best in your decision xxx

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Punctuation Mark on March 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM said...

Apartments now are so inexpensive because they overbuilt FL... you can really bargain hunt these days... have a nice sunday!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's on March 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

Moving can totally be an adventure that is a good thing. My hubby and I did it from Dallas to Seattle, and it was the best thing we could have ever done!

blueviolet on March 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM said...

I can totally relate! When I was with the hubby, we did that very thing 9 months after we got married. One day on a whim we got on a plane to Chicago from NJ, rented an apartment, flew back to NJ, quit our jobs, rented a truck, drove to Chicago and then found new jobs. Somehow it all worked out and I know it will for you too.

Do it while you can!!!!

Mrs T on March 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM said...

Exciting and scary! Do it!

christa elyce on March 29, 2010 at 8:51 PM said...

See the world is the best thing you can ever do for self. You learn that you are only soooo little on this earth and there is so much more than you. you'll love it.

micah @ the yellow front door on March 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM said...

We are kind of going through the same thing right now - so ready for a change! We live in the midwest too and are so sick of the cold weather. Hope everything works out for you!

Slumber Designs on March 30, 2010 at 7:02 PM said...

Take me with you!! I live over here in MN and we'll go down there together :-) Oh girl, I've been thinking of moving to FL for years. You'd have so much fun... do it! And just remember, you can always move back here, WI isn't going anywhere.

Kristin on March 31, 2010 at 12:56 AM said...

Email me with questions doll!

kirstyb on March 31, 2010 at 6:26 AM said...

i wish i was on a beach somewhere right now x

Alison on March 31, 2010 at 4:48 PM said...

i'm so jealous! my hubby and i would LOVE to live in FL! we're warm blooded through and through! hope it happens for you two!

Together We Save on April 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM said...

Home insurance is high there compaired to where I live but that and taxes are kinda relative to your income. I would love to live in Floria and would move in a minute.

iheartkiwi on April 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM said...

that is so exciting! this is definitely the time in your life to go for it!

kiwi and i have always talked about moving back to new zealand after i finish school... i think we just really have to commit to the idea and do it!

MyLittlePhotographs on April 4, 2010 at 2:02 AM said...

What a fun adventure. I think you should definitely go for it.

The Owl Diary on April 5, 2010 at 6:37 PM said...

Ah! That is so awesome. The best of luck to you. I will be moving in June and I'm terrified. Lol. xx

very married on April 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM said...

wow! what a fun big step!

Iva on April 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM said...

SO EXCITING!!! totally looking forward to hearing more of your plans and move :)

Babes Mami on April 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM said...

Living in the south is an adjustment but it's SO NICE all the time. I lived in IA from birth to 18 and wouldn't change it. I'd like to be closer to family but it's like the artic for me now! Look forward to hearing more about this!!

Olivia Carter on April 9, 2010 at 6:14 PM said...

Traditions? Oh man, we've got a lot now that we've been married for almost 6 years. But we always have a big Saturday morning/afternoon breakfast, we always nap together on Sundays after church, trying new ethnic foods together (at least a couple times a year we try something WAY out of our comfort zone) keeps things spicy & keeps us interesting!

OneCraftyFox on April 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM said...

Moving can actually be great fun... :)

Jordan on April 15, 2010 at 7:48 PM said...

Thanks for stopping by my little blogerino!
I love this post! It is sooo important to create little traditions with your partner, it's what keeps you connected for the long haul.
Carl gets home from work earlier then I do, and he has a cup of tea waiting for me when I walk in the door. It's a little thing, but sometimes that's all that gets me through the last hour of work.
Also we watch 'our programs' on Thursday nights(Parks and Rec, Office and 30Rock)

Bloggin in PA on April 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM said...

Im from Florida! Lived there my whole life until I moved up to Philly. Let me know if you have any questions! Good thing though- no income tax! haha

But, it hot. Not like "ahhhh its summer" hot. But like omg dunk me in a ice bucket hot. You get used to it though, dont worry :-) Just dont be one of those people who complains about how hot it is (that annoys the natives!) lol

Bloggin in PA on April 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM said...

Oh! I forgot to say how nice it is to be able to lay out and get tan in February. Tan for Valentines Day! And usually, you can wear shorts on Christmas! Usually. And being so close to the beach all the time is amaaaazing...

See Mom Smile on April 19, 2010 at 9:07 PM said...

Sunday afternoon "naps". We have been taking them for 20 years together. And sometimes we even sleep! tee hee.

Kitten with a Whisk on April 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM said...

Hi K! I live in Tampa and have lived her for a long, long time. If you have any questions - about anything, please feel free to let me know!

Anastasia on May 3, 2010 at 7:09 PM said...

Good luck!

And sometimes its nice to just up and change things.

 

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