I’m from the East Coast—Maryland to be exact—and I moved cross country to join the team at HMA Public Relations, but my move out west wasn’t completely random. Prior to working at HMA, I interned at several Valley publications, including Times Media Group and Arizona Foothills Magazine. Between summers 2014, 2015, and 2016 and my random visits to Arizona throughout the years, I’ve spent nearly a year here so far. I’m even starting to know my way around playing tour guide for my mom when she visited last weekend for the first time.
I’m very happy to now be a resident of Arizona (I got my AZ driver license last week!), but there was a lot of thought that went into my final decision. And while deciding to move is a very personal choice, I thought I’d share my thought process when it came to moving in hopes that these questions help you in your next move.
Where are you thinking about moving?
This is pretty obvious, but you need to pick a destination. You can constantly say you want to move, but you can’t really make any sort of plan until you figure out a location. Since I entered college, I told myself I wanted to move out of the DMV area (an East Coast term for DC, Maryland, Virginia) after I graduated, but I didn’t know where.
Why do you want to move?
For me, I had lived in Maryland my entire life and wanted something new. I thought about moving to DC, but I just didn’t think that was a significant enough move because DC is so close to Maryland. My college was only five miles outside of the city and accessible by the Metro, so I almost felt like I lived in DC already. I really think you need to put yourself out there and be vulnerable to gain some good life experience, and this was definitely a step in that direction for me.
What’s most important to you when deciding where you want to move?
My answer to this question is family. When I was deciding where I wanted to move, this became one of the most important factors. I thought about moving to Chicago and Seattle, which I’m really not sure why considering I’ve never been to Seattle, and I’ve only been to Chicago once…about 15 years ago. And I don’t have any family there or anywhere near either of those places. My aunt, uncle, and cousin all live in Scottsdale and now my sister is at ASU. So I have plenty of people close by. Without them, I don’t know if Phoenix would have even been option.
So, do you have any plans to move and have you considered any of these questions?