I’ve lived in California all of my life, not much changed in my life and I was good with that! I didn’t like change, but in my mind’s eye, I often saw myself in different places, doing different things working in various types of jobs. Not hoping for it, but definitely wondering what it would be like to move around, work in different places and seeing different things.
Well, that time came in my life in June 2014. I was being pushed out of California due to my circumstances. I lacked the skills and confidence to reach for those higher paid positions and jobs just weren’t hiring full time employees due to the fact that companies were being forced to provide health insurance for their full time employees. I told my ex, that if he’d give me more than $200 for child support a month for both children, then I might be able to squeeze out a living there, but he said he couldn’t. My son wanted to live with him and as devastating as it was, I had to leave him there, and took the girls with me.
So, In June 2014, I took my tax return, sold as much of my stuff as I could, except for my sewing equipment, which I could always fall back on for making money on a side hustle, and filled a 17 foot U-Haul truck. What didn’t fit, got left behind. My oldest daughter and I left our home in Southern California and headed out to Helena, Montana. I had sent my younger daughter out a couple of weeks earlier to be with my sister. She’d be waiting for us when we got there.
Before we left, California, I had set up a job interview with a temp agency, so I’d have work as soon as I got there. I worked for the temp agency for a month before I got a job at the hospital in housekeeping. I worked that position for about 1.5 yrs. While delivering mail on the days that I didn’t work at the hospital. Then I got a position as a Health Unit coordinator, working 3rd shift on the women’s and children’s floor. That was a pretty sweet job!
In April 2016, I decided to move to South Carolina, where I am now. It’s absolutely beautiful here! So different from California and Montana and nice people.
In preparation for moving to South Carolina, I again, sold all that I could, keeping just what I needed and even had to leave some things I didn’t want to, but if there’s no room, then there’s just no room, so I had to leave those things behind.
The journey has been interesting to say the least. It has its good moments and plenty of difficult moments, but I’m discovering how resourceful you are when you have to be!