Moving Series: Quick Pause

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Hello and happy Friday loves! 

If you’ve read any of my Moving Series posts, you will know that Z and I were planning to move to Florida in the next year. 

After giving it some thought and talking extensively about it, we’ve decided to put moving plans on hold for now. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll still move south, we just don’t know when. 

There are a couple things going on in our lives that are making us realize we need some more time before taking that step. One of the main reasons being our job situation. My current full-time job is going great, there is so much growth and learning opportunities and I believe it would be wasted if we decided to leave in a year. I’m also very blessed that Z agrees with and supports me in this matter. 

We have also decided to move into a new apartment, closer to a train station so we can more easily get to work and university. And this is one of the most exciting parts for me. Z and I don’t “own” a lot of things; some kitchen ware, clothes and a couple more things. Which means that this apartment is a completely white canvas that we get to personalize and adapt to what we want it to be. And I couldn’t tell you how excited I am about this. New decor, Pinterest ideas galore… (P.S.: you should follow me on Pinterest to see all the ideas I have for the new apartment!). 

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I love getting inspiration on Pinterest…

If you know me, you know I love Ikea. And since we’re still young and relatively broke (that sounds kind of bad but I just recently graduated Uni so you can imagine that money doesn’t fall off our ears over here…), it’s the best place to get started [no worries though, one day I’ll have my Pottery Barn/ Williams Sonoma/ Z- Gallery home!]. 

So I was thinking that since plans have changed, I would put our moving series to the side for now and start a new one (can you tell I don’t have this blogging and “being consistent” thing down yet?): our New Apartment. I thought I’d take you guys with me through the shopping, decorating and inspirational process. It’s going to be on a tight budget and for a relatively small apartment, so it should be interesting to see how we achieve that. 

What do you guys think? Is that something you guys would like to read about? Let me know in the comments below! 

Lots of love, Yara

Moving Series: Planning Early for Our Move! 

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Hello beauties! 

This post might start off a little weird or confusing. Yes, we’re moving. No, not anytime soon. 

We’re actually planning on moving this time, Spring, of next year. Both my boyfriend, Zach, and I have always known that Colorado was a “one-stop-shop” for both of us. A place to spend some time, but not to settle. We both love the beach and warm weather, so Florida seemed like the perfect place to move to and settle down in. 

I have only visited Orlando and Miami but Zach has lived on the Gulf coast of Florida for three years and we both agreed that it would be a much better place both for our minds and other things like work and raising a family. It’s just way too cold in Colorado during the autumn, winter and even spring (it snowed this past Friday night through Saturday night non-stop…)! I also grew up in Barcelona, where the beach and sea food and warm summer days are something I’ve missed for a very long time since I moved to Denver for university. 

Now that I’ve graduated and Zach is about to as well, we thought we would start planning early and make sure everything is set for when we decide to move. And in the midst of thinking about what we need now and what we’ll need coming next Spring, I thought it would be nice to include you all in this planning phase and everything that needs to happen before you can move from the center of America to the southmost end. 

Here are a couple things that we’ve already put on our list: 

  • Shipping/ driving our cars

Both Zach and I have cars and what we were thinking of doing it shipping one of the cars (most likely mine because it’s smaller and wouldn’t fit much stuff anyways) and then hook the other car to our moving truck. We don’t have a lot of things, so a small U-Haul should suffice for both our things. Everything else should fit in the car we’d be hauling. 

  • How we’ll transport our pets

This might seem silly, but we own a dog (Shelby), a parakeet (Pearl, but I call her Perlita) and our Beta fish Hank. Shelby should do just fine with us on the passenger seat, but trying to keep Perlita calm in a car is going to be challenging, as well as making sure that Hank doesn’t end up without any water from the car movements. 

  • Finding and renting a place

Once we move we won’t have jobs, which is crucial to sign a lease and secure a place. So what we’ll do is save for six months worth of rent and just stay somewhere cheap until we have a steady income and can upgrade to a more comfortable and bigger place. 

  • Finding jobs / quick work we can do

Since we are moving from so far, it’s going to be challenging to find and interview for jobs while we’re in Denver. So we’re thinking about starting our search when it’s about December and being ready for interviews when we’re there at the beginning of spring. We’re thinking that any type of work, an entry level administrative assistant or clerical job, should keep us going until we are settled and we can apply for jobs in our fields. 

  • How we’ll get there 

As mentioned in the beginning, we’ll have to rent a moving truck to get our things there. But just so we can be a bit more comfortable, we think that I’ll probably fly down first, find us and rent a place. The reason why we’re thinking about doing this is because it will be much easier and cheaper to do this than if we both go together and have to spend money in hotels while we’re looking and visiting places. Plus, it will be much easier if we have a place by the time the pets come down. The trip is stressful enough for them and this way they can arrive straight to their new home. 

So those are my biggest priorities and planning to-does for now. I have to admit, Pinterest have been my BEST FRIEND in this. They have the simplest, most helpful boards and pins about moving and lists, but especially how to make it easy and as painless as possible. Here is my current favourite board: http://pin.it/bUTaqC2 

Follow my pinterest for more ideas and tips on how to move, as well as my fashion inspiration, pet DIYs and more (yaraws) ! I’ve included a couple screenshots down below of my favourite boards or pins from my Pinterest that you can find here, here, here, here and here

Comment below if you have moved across the country before; what was your experience? What are tips you suggest to make it as smooth as possible? Any tips for planning this far out? 

Lots of love, Yara