Did you ever fall in love with a city? I did. Austin, TX in 1997.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of my big move to Austin! It’s been quite a ride, and I’m so glad I took a chance, made the move, and followed my dream.

Back in 1997, the dream was just an inkling that I wanted to be free of my 8:00 – 5:00 work life. I had a demanding, stimulating and creative job as a Training Manager, but I wanted my OWN business. I wanted to create something new on my own terms, and become something different.

So, I quit a great job, put my house on the market, packed up the car, and stepped into my future. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Yes!

If you have a dream like this, I believe some of my experience and thought process might help you. I hope you can borrow from the lessons I have learned and accelerate your personal journey. It all begins with some careful introspection that creates a map for your new life. Here are some of the considerations:

  1. Where to live?
  2. What kind of home suits you?
  3. What lifestyle changes do you want?
  4. What type of work?
  5. What skills and experience can you bring?
  6. What learning will you need?
  7. What is the fastest path to cash?
In the next 7 newsletters, I will fill you in on each of these considerations, and how they affected my outcomes.

Let’s take the move, step-by-step, together. Perhaps my retrospective will provide clues for your career-changing, life-changing, passion-filled new life! Be watching for installments each week.

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