For so long I have lived in a town close to the friends that I've known for years, close to my family, somewhere safe when I could just run home if there was a problem. A few weeks ago, I decided for sure (this time) that I'm going to change that. At 27 years old, it's way beyond time... I've been taking care of myself since I was 18. Yes, I admit that my parents helped me along the way, but for the most part I've done this alone. Here I am 27 years old and totally unhappy about the city that I live in. It's an awesome place to raise a family, but not such an awesome place for a single 20 something like myself.
Needless to say, I put together a plan - by August 31st, 2011 I plan to be in my new place in life and in a new state. I debated long & hard about where I wanted to go & I've settled on the big city of....drumroll please...CHICAGO! I've been to Chicago plenty of times, I know that parts of Chicago are dangerous, scary, super nice and super expensive, but I'm ready to take that plunge. I don't care that it's expensive, I can afford it - I may have to do without shopping every weekend, but that's okay - I'll survive. Who the hell needs 3 closets full of clothes and shoes anyways?! I definitely don't!
Anyways - here's the plan....
I'm going to stay in my condo until December 2011. At the end of December, I'm putting my stuff in storage and moving in with my parents (don't want to, but I need to save some major $$). I'll rent my condo starting January 1, 2011 that way I'm not only making $$, but I'm also saving money - no bills other than car note, car ins and student loans.
I'll take a few trips to Chicago in the June/July time frame to solidify my condo or apartment there; I plan to sublet a fully furnished place for 6-8 months so that way I can see if I like the area then either rent or buy something in that same area. By mid August I'm going to take a week or two vacay from work & make the move to Chicago!
So operation pay off credit cards starts now! That way, the only bills left are my car note, car ins and student loans. I've already paid off 1 card - 4 more to go which I plan to do in the next 2 months!
Wish me luck - hopefully there are no hickups in the next few months - I need my plan to stay on track 100%!