I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve had the bug for a new adventure (lately, as in like the last 3 years, but whatever!) to move to a new state. This is topic of conversation in our house a lot, especially with all the traveling I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been lucky enough to see some pretty incredible places throughout the country.
Let me just say, though, we aren’t moving, at least anytime soon. We have created a wonderful life here in Colorado. We have family close, friends and our jobs. Steve, was born and raised in Colorado. He’s a Colorado guy at heart. Me, on the other hand, I’ve experienced several moves across states growing up. I was born on the east coast, spent a majority of my childhood in St. Louis, before our family moved to Colorado in 1999 (best decision ever, thanks mom and dad!). As I’m sure you’re well aware of, I’m a southern girl at heart, and I know we’ll probably end up there one day (wishful thinking!), but for now, we’re loving this life we’ve built in Colorado.
With Steve’s job at the fire station, a move across state lines would be really hard. He’s worked his ass off for the past 12+ years getting to where he is now at the department, and starting all over as a rookie at a new department is something not very high on his list. And, I get it.
With the kids getting older, I know it’s going to come to a point where moving schools/states just won’t make sense. I feel like we’re at the “now” or wait until the kids are later phase of moving across state lines.
Every time I travel, I always try to picture our family living there. BUT, I also always come back to the life we have in Colorado and what a blessing it is to live here.
If we did move, here are the things we would look for in a new city:
- Big city amenities, with a small town feel. Little amount of traffic as possible.
- Great schools, obviously
- An awesome food scene (breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, we want it all!)
- Low crime
- Rolling hills, mature trees, historic architecture
- 4 seasons, but more warmth than cold-ha!
- Easy access to a major airport, highways, etc. That travel bug isn’t leaving anytime soon!
I’m sure you’re not surprised, but I have several cities that top my list of where I could see our family living one day: Nashville, Charleston (or, really anywhere in North or South Carolina), St. Louis (back home!), or somewhere around Atlanta. You definitely see a pattern there (sorry, west coast). Steve said his dream, one day, is to retire and be a boat captain and a fisherman. You can find me on the beach, alldayeveryday. For now, Colorado is home!
I found a couple of quizzes that were fun to take to tell you “where you should live”. Each one was different, but fun to try!
This quiz said we’d should live in Texas. Although I love me some Austin, and of course a weekend trip to Waco for #allthingschipandjo, I don’t see us living in Texas.
This one said Wisconsin. Um, no. Too much winter.
This quiz said LA. As much as I love the cool, Cali vibe, can’t see us living there
Did you take the quizzes and see where you land? If you could live anywhere in the country, where would you live?