Moving out on Your Own: A Newbie’s Guide

As we grow up and mature, many of us look forward to one of life’s major milestones – the time when we move out of our parents’ home and off on our own. With this mighty step from childhood into adulthood comes the beginning of becoming independent and self-reliant, along with the liberty to make your own choices. Another huge thing that comes with the territory of moving out on your own is becoming a responsible person. You will be in charge of providing for yourself, finding ways out of difficult situations that arise, and also creating a life for yourself that is truly fulfilled. All of these things may sound incredibly exciting, but they can also be scary, causing worry and anxiety. It is a big deal, after all! If you are considering moving out on your own, it is important to consider all of the pros and cons first to ensure it is the right time and step for you.

Reasons to Move out on Your Own

The first thing to do when considering moving out on your own is to make a list of the reasons why you should. While everyone has their own personal reasons for wanting to move out of their parents’ house, here are some common ones:

  • Wanting to improve yourself and grow as a person;
  • Wanting to move in with your significant other;
  • Wanting to move closer to school, place of work, or other important locations you visit daily;
  • Conflicts with parents.

Pros of Moving out on Your Own

While you may come up with a number of reasons why you want to move out on your own, you should also consider the pros of why it is a good idea to do so. Here are some to note:

Independence. One of the most positive and gratifying aspects of moving out on your own is the independence you will gain. This independence means no house rules to observe (except your own, of course!), no argument with your parents involving your rights and responsibilities, and so on.

Other pros that come with the independence of living on your own include:

  • Being able to throw parties and play your music as loud as you want.
  • Being able to bring home friends or a date any time you want – day or night.
  • Being able to come and go as you please, no questions asked.

The greatest advantage of gaining your independence, however, is the rewarding feeling of being able to provide for yourself. Something that can only be achieved when moving out on your own.

Privacy. Parents are known for asking questions. It makes sense, considering they have had to take care of you at all times since the day you were born. But sometimes their inquisitive nature can drag on no matter how old you are or how responsible an adult you have become. This lack of privacy can cause tension and problems to arise, limiting your social activities and causing you to feel frustrated or unfulfilled. Moving out on your own will provide you with privacy, and an end to endless questions from your parents about your progress at work, your last date, your friends, and so on.

Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance. When moving out on your own, two things will definitely be put to the test – your self-esteem and self-reliance. In order to successfully combat and conquer all of life’s many trials and tribulations, you will need to have plenty of self-confidence and good self-esteem. Moving out of your parents’ home will help you gain the necessary skills to be able to manage whatever life throws at you. You will be pushed to become a responsible person, to best organize your time and priorities, and to take on new events in your life with perspective and heightened awareness.

Cons of Moving out on Your Own

Of course, just as there are some pros to moving out on your own, there are also some good reasons why you shouldn’t – at least not at this moment in time. Here are a few things to consider:

Finances. Moving out on your own means not relying on Mom and Dad to take care of you financially. You will have to figure out how to pay for:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Transportation
  • Groceries
  • Toiletries
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance policies
  • Loans and debt you accumulate
  • Entertainment

Life’s expenses add up quickly, which easily drain your bank account. Until you have the income to afford all of these things, finances will be of serious concern.

Emotional Disadvantages. Obviously, living at your parents’ house is going to be cheaper, and a lot more cushy and stress-free than living on your own. But it is also much more secure in terms of your emotional well-being; it also provides a safe place to protect you from the hardships of the world. Moving out on your own can cause you to feel lonely or out of place. This being said, until you feel emotionally stable enough to be on your own, continuing life at your parents’ may be the wise choice.

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Moving from Small Town to Big City: The Pros and Cons (Part 1 of 2)

For many who grow up in a small town, the idea of a big city with its bright lights and forever bustScreen Shot 2017-01-13 at 8.14.24 PMling streets is very intriguing. If you are someone who has always dreamed of the chance to escape small-town life and venture into life in a big city, it is a good idea to consider all of the pros and cons that such a move poses.

The Pros

A big city provides a whole new world of possibilities, potentials and prospects to discover. Here are some of the top pros of moving to a big city.

Great Opportunities. One of the top pros of moving to a big city is the number of great opportunities it presents. While there is a lot opportunities ahead - PHOTOof competition in a big city, there will be plenty of options and opportunities that you won’t be able to find in a small town. Whether you want to advance your studies, improve your skills, enhance your professional expertise, acquire new abilities, expand your world view, or pursue a specific passion, big cities will provide you with the opportunity. Whatever your passion, skills and interests are, you will be able to explore them in full and reach your full potential.

Unlimited Options. If there’s one thing a big city provides, it is options. In fact, it offers so many options that it may actually be overwhelming at times. But, having unlimited options is one of the great things about living in a big city. You’ll suddenly have access to:

  • Enormous shopping centers
  • Every ethnicity of food available, within walking distance
  • Different social events nightly
  • A huge number of restaurants, bars and night clubs

Cultural Diversity. Small towns are known for their like-minded folk, which can lead to only one outlook on every aspect of life. But when you move to a new city, you will be exposed to a variety cultural diversityof different perspectives, values, ideologies, points of view and more. These great cultural and ethnic diversities will expand your knowledge of the world and help you learn to appreciate differences and reject stereotypes.

The Cons

Life in a big city is set at a quicker pace than that of a small town. Everyone is in a rush, and everything happens twice as fast as it does in a small town. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may make your head spin at times. It can also be added to the list of cons about moving from a small town to a big city. Here are some other cons to consider.

Higher Cost of Living. If life felt expensive living in a small town, then you are in a world of shock at the cost of living in a big city. Life in the city is much pricier than small-town life – it’s a fact. Not only will essentials, like housing, food and transportation, cost you more (around twice as much) than it does in a shigh cost of livingmall town, there are also many temptations that will quickly suck your wallet dry – pubs, theaters, museums and the like.

Strong Competition. One thing you will not be used to when moving to a big city is the strong level of competition among those that live there. While in a small town, there are only a few people with an expertise in a specific area or field. In a big city, there are hundreds – even thousands – of people with the same level of expertise or degree as you. This being said, you will face enormous competition in a big city, a problem that can make it hard to find a job.

Heavy Traffic. One of the biggest cons of city life is the massive amount of people – and cars – on the road. From vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and so on, citcity traffic - PHOTOy streets can be a continuous stream of traffic jams. Finding a parking space can also be a nightmare in a big city. Not only will it take you huge amounts of time trying to find a space, you will also be charged to park there. With such a raging mess, you will quickly become a fan of public transportation.

Now that you know about some of the pros and cons of a big-city move, continue to Part 2 of this blog to learn some necessary steps to take before venturing from small town to big city.