Moving to North Carolina- A Financial Project by Heather Rogers
Dreaming of Moving to North Carolina
Presently, I feel like I am stuck in a rut. I feel like I may be trapped in Vancouver Wa for the rest of my life and know that is not
where I want tobe forthe rest of my life. I grew up moving around as a child. I think that it is bred into me. I love the idea of
reinventing myself and having a fresh start. My parents were in the military when I was born and from the moment that I
entered the world I was able to move into a new town and reinvent myself every six years or so. In my present job, I am working
ten to twelve hour days as a manager in the financial industry. With that comes position comes the pressures of sales and
the management of different personalities on my team daily. As a woman in the workforce, I feel overwhelmed with the daily
tasks at hand and I feel like I am a mouse in a cage spinning on her wheel all day. A a woman I feel that I am drawn to having
the security of knowing that I have the full time job to go and all of the possessions that come with living a life, but the more
and more I live in this life I feel that it is pulling me down. I feel that it would be a wonderful dream to be able to say goodbye
to the stress of working every day in theoffice and managing staff and move across the United States to a place that I have
considered to be completely beautiful and serene my entire life. That place is North Carolina. I would like to be able to take
my family and leave this life and simply with the the bare essentials. We could find a beach house andfind the time to connect as
a family as life would be slower. If I had to focus on a specific locale I would like to choose a small town near the coast likeNew Bern
where the time is slow and I can run to the coast when ever I would like. This dream has been in my mind for some time but I have
notentertained it. I knew that it would take sacrifice and diligence. In this project I have been able to think about my dream and make
it a reality.
The first thing that I had to do was sit down and analyze my present finances. I just bought home here in Camas Wa but when they
did my appraisal it came in over value. That will put me in a good position to sell. I will still plan a few years out because I have
credit card debit.It will at least take me that long to pay off my debt and plan my trip. I did a budget of every bill that I pay here
in Vancouver. I then did a plan on traveling expenses and the plan to set up our new life in North Carolina I found an apartment
complex called teh Glenvurrie where we would be able to move in and start our new life and have a landing point. The utilities
are based on the average. I will not be able to leave Vancouver until I have another job to go to in North Carolina however when
I did a comparison of what income it would take to live up to the standards of what I am used to I would not need to make the same
salary as I need here on the west coast. It was amazing to me the minimalistic amount of bills that I would have with no car payment
and no debts. I would have to be looking online for positions at local banks and interview via phone. I have done this in the past
and if need be I can interview once I reach North Carolina.
Who else is living the dream?
People accross this nation are unfullfilled in their jobs or tired of where they are living. They need a change of pace or they are tired
of keeping up with the pace of where they are currently living. That is the place where I am now. I would like to slow down. I found
some websites that were interesting and show that I am not the only person thinking of living in North Carolina. E How shows the
dream of living at the beach and that is at the core of my dream. I would like to have easy access to the shores of North Carolina.
I want to be able to walk the sandy shores and see the grassy knoles and the beautiful lighthouses. The website on City Data shows
a family just like mine talking about how they would like to move to North Carolina but they are trying to figure out how they are going
to do it. Perhaps they should take this class. Christina Block is a realtor in the area near where I would like to move. She shows that
there is a huge interest in moving to this area and people like me are leaving their lives every day for North Carolina. Lastly there is
an article from a magazine article in Coastal Living in which I subscribe to. They have a great article on moving to North Carolina.
You will notice that the picture in the article is the same as the image on my blog.
There are always barriers to any good plan. I could not be able to find a job right away but I will be out of debt when we move to North
Carolina so I will be able to accept any decent paying job to pay the bills until something better comes along. I will be giving up a career
in my present job where I have put in 6 years but as I have been learning rather quickly these days that longevity in the job market is
not as valued as you think. I need to be happy in my life and if that means moving to make me and my family happy then so be it. In my
case it is also overcoming my fears of letting go and moving so far away in search of the unknown. What if it doesn’t work out and
I have to come back? Will I have enough money to come back? Other barriers may be cultural. I have been living on the West Coast
my entire life and changing to a life on the East Coast may be a culture shock. I believe that if I set myself up before I leave
Vancouver that I can leave here without the stress and I can enjoy myself when I am in North Carolina and live carefree.
Wish me luck!!