Tips for Moving Back to Your Hometown

houses-691586_640If you have moved away from your hometown for college or an exciting job opportunity, it can be disheartening when circumstances require you to move back. You may feel like returning home is regression, or that others will think you have somehow failed at your new life elsewhere. However, whether your return home is temporary or for the foreseeable future, there is no reason it can’t be a life-enriching experience. Read on for helpful tips to make the transition an easy one.

Reconnect with your pals

If you haven’t kept in touch with your friends much since you have left, you may feel anxious about reconnecting with them. Before you return, contact your friends with a quick text or Facebook message to let them know you are back in town. This way, they will know that you were thinking about them prior to your return — not just once you were back and feeling bored. Arrange a big gathering at a local bar or coffee shop to give the affair a casual atmosphere that won’t intimidate friends you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Once you are all together, you’ll be reliving memories and swapping stories about what you have been up to since the last time you saw one another.

Return to your favorite spots

A great way to celebrate your return home is to spend some quality time enjoying your favorite things about your hometown — have a drink at your local pub, ride your bike along the old trail, or take a stroll downtown to window-shop and have an espresso at your favorite cafe. The treasured memories attached to these beloved places will fill you with nostalgic comfort and ease your stress about your return home.

Consider a position at a former job

Even if you are now in a different industry, it might be a good idea to snag temporary employment at your old job while you search for other career options. Instead of shooting your old boss an email with your resume, stop in the office or establishment to drop it off in person. Your employer is more likely to remember you if they can put a face to the name, rather than read an impersonal email. Make sure to keep a positive attitude when discussing your decision to move back home so your boss won’t think of your inquiry for work as part of a temporary transition period.

Keep things harmonious at home

If moving back to your hometown means returning to the nest, you may fear you will regress back to adolescence. A temporary stint living back home with your parents doesn’t have to carry the shameful stigma, and you don’t have to return to your former lifestyle while residing under their roof. Do your best to contribute, whether it be financially or by pitching in around the house. Budget your money well so you can save for your own place quickly, and establish some boundaries so your privacy is respected and your parents are comfortable. Explain that you feel as if you are entitled to some privacy and independence — especially if you have become accustomed to it while you were away. As long as you respectfully adhere to one another’s wishes, your temporary cohabitation should be harmonious.

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Moving Tips for a New Job

vancouverIf you are relocating to another city or town for a new job, there are some simple things you can do to make the moving process as smooth as possible. With a corporate relocation, you will face challenges such as adapting to a new environment and settling into a new community. In a recent TIME article, Monique Lees uses her own moving experience to share some tips for relocating for a new job opportunity.

Figure out if you need to move

First thing’s first: Consider some important questions to decide whether or not you should relocate for work. If you move, you’ll need to excel at your new job, build an entirely new social network and learn your way around the new area.

How expensive will the move be?

Research the potential cost of living in this new city or town. Compare your current costs to the costs of rent, groceries and transport in your new neighborhood. Knowing this information can help you create a budget for your move. See if you can afford professional movers for moving day, which would make the relocation process even easier for you.

Also, check with your company to see if it offers financial assistance for your move. Some employers will provide financial support for corporate relocations and help employees with their moving expenses. If you have the costs all figured out, your employer may be more inclined to cover some of the expenses.

Why do you want to move?

Moving can be exciting, but it can also be terrifying. The fact that you cannot predict or plan for certain aspects of your new environment can be intimidating. Because of this, it’s crucial that you know exactly why you want to move for this job. Will a new location result in a shorter commute? Are you infatuated with the company culture or employee benefits? Do you just want to become a part of this exciting industry? Whatever your reason may be, make sure it is strong enough to justify moving to a new place, especially when you inevitably face the troubles of settling in.

What are the benefits of this new city or town?

You’re not going to be spending all of your time at the office. Do some research about the surrounding city or town to see what types of attractions and activities it has to offer. Do you know anybody who lives in that area? Will you fit in with the crowd that populates the local scene? Have you considered the climate of your new location?

Stay one step ahead

Once you decide moving is the right thing to do, you must prepare for your relocation. Find a new place before you make the big move and keep all of your ducks in a row. You can even make a few trips to your new area before you move, so you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Try to learn the roads between your new office and living quarters. Figure out what the best means of transportation would be to get from place to place.

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Healthy Grilling Options for the Summer

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Everyone loves a good BBQ in the summer. However, many grilling staples are considerably unhealthy. Burgers, hot dogs, and sausage are all high in fat–not to mention the bread on which they are often enjoyed. If you would rather stay trim for swimsuit season, check out these delicious recipe ideas for healthier options.

Lemon chicken skewers

Chicken is always an easy, versatile and healthy option. Cube chicken breasts and marinate in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spices, skewer, grill, and enjoy!

Grilled zucchini and eggplant with Greek yogurt sauce

Eating less meat is an easy way to stay healthy–and tons of veggies do great on the grill. Zucchini and eggplant are delicious together, and both have a meaty texture that will keep you full. Slice both veggies and drizzle with olive oil, adding salt and spices if you wish. Grill until tender and serve with a creamy Greek yogurt sauce (yogurt, lemon, dill, cucumber and spices).

Old Bay shrimp kabobs

Who doesn’t love shrimp? Low in calories and high in protein, shrimp make a wonderfully nutritious and delicious meal. If you like your seafood with a little zest, cover your shrimp skewers in Old Bay seasoning before grilling.

Spicy grilled swordfish steaks

Love steak? Opt for swordfish instead of red meat for less fat and calories. Marinate the swordfish in a mixture of olive oil, lemon, Dijon mustard, onion, black pepper, Cajun spices, cilantro, and cayenne pepper. Grill each steak five to six minutes on each side and enjoy.

Grilled fruit kabobs

Add something sweet to the end of your meal by throwing some fruit on the grill!  Grilling fruit caramelizes the sugar for a decadent treat–brush the fruit with butter and skewer it. You can even season it with a little cinnamon, brown sugar, or cayenne pepper if you’re looking for a kick. Pineapple, peaches, strawberries, apricots, or plums all work well. If you don’t mind indulging just a bit, serve with whipped cream, ice cream, gelato, chopped nuts, or any other sweet topping.

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