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Hello,

I live in Southern California but have always wanted to live in Northern California.  I have never moved on my own before and would love some advice if anyone has ever moved on their own without a job or contacts to a new place.  I will be done with school in June and would like to move next summer.  I am single, 40 and would be moving by myself.  Has anyone ever done something like this?  If so did you find a job first or just go and then look for work so you could go on interviews.  I would be looking for hourly work so that I could work on my true passion, art, on the side.  Thanks!

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It's much easier if you have friends or family that can help you out during the transition by providing a temporary place to stay.  I've done exactly what you describe, and it works much better if you have someone who can help to introduce you to the community...employers...or prospective clients.

That was about 20 years ago, and I think it's even easier now, because you could line up interviews online while you're still home, and maybe interview by Skype so that you have a job when you move.  I made a week long trip and stayed with a friend until I found a part-time job, then came home to get my wife and our personal property.

Save some money, to hedge against the possible delay in employment, but you can absolutely reduce risk by "burning the boats" and committing to the move if that's really in your heart.

Thank you, Lee.  That sounds like good advice!

Hi Raven,

I've moved to places where I had no contacts but a job lined up.  It's much easier to make the move being single.  As an introvert though it was EXHAUSTING establishing relationships and learning the town on my own.  I would advise going there for a 3-5 days if you can exploring the town/area you want to live in and visit churches (if you want a church community), local hangouts (coffeehouses, museums, parks, gyms, driving tours of neighborhoods) to get a feel for the place and get some geographical orientation.  If you had some job interviews lined up that would also be helpful.  Or visiting places you would be interested volunteering in.  It helped me to read as much as I could online so when I moved it wasn't a complete shock to the system.

Hope that helps some.  Keep us posted!  :)

Thank you, Annie, for your encouragement and sound advice!  I hadn't thought about scoping out the area like that in advance but that sounds like a great idea.  I will keep you posted!  : )

Raven...

It sounds like you know what you want to do and that is great!  Moving is the easy part...everything is difficult.  There are a few questions 1)  Why are you limiting yourself to "hourly work"?  - Many times you will find this type of work takes more out of you than a job you enjoy 2)  What kind of art are you going to be doing?  3)  Why are you waiting to work on your passion?-start marketing your art business now!!1

I would check and see if your church has a sister congregation in the area you are moving to.  We always make lots of new great friends that way and you start with something in common.  We moved into town and attend a different church service currently and it amazes me how many people I didn't know in town ( and it's a very small town!)

Hi there,

I have done this before twice, both times to attend school. I would encourage you to check out the area before you go, and if you have no friends or anything up there, to join a meet up.com group or find ways to make friends if at all possible. 

Hi, John,

Thanks for responding.  So you live in Southern California now?  Did you find a job before you moved?  I don't have high financial needs.  I'm an artist and just want enough to pay bills and buy art supplies.

It's weird the response that came into my email inbox is different for you, John, than it is here.  In any case, the Meet-up.com idea is a good one.  Thanks!

Hi Raven,

I do not presently live in Southern California, but before I have moved I did have work prior to the move. So yo are a artist? That must be good and I am glad it is working out well. However I know this occupation may be one that may not pay, and may just be a side business or hobby. I listen to Dave Ramsey allot and I have heard him coach many callers whose dream job or passions was not cutting the mustard, and he encouraged them to find something more marketable. But if you deepest passions and skills can be matched in a vocation, this would be a great blessing. 

Hi, John, 

Yes, I will be done with art school in June.  I'm a sculptor, mainly, but also paint and draw.  I'm not much of a Dave Ramsey fan, but I have read his book and have listened to his show.  He has solid advice on a lot of things.  You can't really know if something is going to work out or not until you've given it your best, which is what I plan to do.  Art will never just be a hobby for me, but I am certainly willing to take on a second job if need be.  You have to do what you're good at and what suits you.  I don't believe I'd make much money at many "marketable" jobs because I don't know anything about them and don't have the temperament for many of them.  Anyway, I do feel blessed just to be doing what I love and enjoying life!

Hi Raven.

If the opportunity presents itself then by all means go for it. Its certainly what I would be doing. I spent many years going to school, and all I got out of it was a tentmaker bi-vocational position, so I guess thats where things have ended up. Not ideal, but its reality for those majoring in the ministry field for many. 

I hope you can find a job doing what you love for this is best. I just have heard some callers on the Ramsey show whom were doing what they loved and they had a passion for it. But what they loved did not pay very well, or it did not produce a profit. No way they could pay off their debts, or such and so he encouraged them to find work in another field.

Hi, John, Are you a minister now? Or do you make tents? What's your degree in? If ministry is still your passion, you should still pursue it, even if it's just through blogging or starting an online fellowship or

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