I know you guys don't like long questions but try to stick with me here, If you have the time I could use your help.
My grandma broke both her hips and moved from her large home in Michigan to my family's home in California so we could care for her,
it is very crowded here, 7 people in our 3 bedroom 2 bath home, my brother sleeps on the
couch in the family room and my grandma is sleeping in the living room, Her house in Michigan is empty she is still paying all the bills for it and has to
hire gardeners and people to maintain the home. I am not liking my job and have been selling all my possessions getting ready for a big change...
I was thinking of moving to an apartment here in CA but then thought...what if! What if I move to Michigan... alone, see it as an adventure... new land to explore!
I went once during summer and it was beautiful.. I love land scaping so I could help her land scape and I'm good at selling stuff so I could see her possessions like
she been wanting to do
and help get her house ready to sell like she's also been wanting to do...I've been wanting to be independent this could be a great opportunity... It's scary though
Oh also I wouldn't miss anyone here... I actually really hate going out thinking I'll run into old friends or ex's, my town is kind of small like that..
For now I am preparing, like I said I am selling nearly all my possessions, just keeping the bare, bare essentials... enough to fit in a back pack and a duffle bag maybe and I have been saving my money,
basically ever since I got my first job at 17 and I'm 21 now. I am very tight with my money, also my parents and grandma may help me out if they see I'm doing a good job in MI and if they have faith in me
I am afraid of socializing with the people in MI I don't trust many people, what if I tell them I'm living alone and someone breaks in? She lives in a decent town though, crime should not be too bad. ah I just have so many thoughts in my head,
but I like the idea of working toward and looking forward to something... oh and the winters... I have heard horror stories... Also we have family in MI and they live about a 30min away from my grandma's home..
I am really looking forward to having land to start a veggie garden, she has about an acre, also I want to live a peaceful and quiet life, I am like an old granny myself, I don't party, just stay at home and I like it that way. I like to work on projects and crafts, read books, I could learn to fish because she lives by a lake...loneliness is not a concern, being coped up with 7 people has made me crave alone time. Safety and what to do during emergencies is a concern however... anything else I should worry about? Any advice? Thank you:)
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I live in Michigan and I love it. A lot of people from warmer states fret about the winters, but unless you're living in the Upper Peninsula its not that big of a deal. Buy a Subaru if you're worried about driving in it. A big thing is making sure you have something fun to do in the winters. Lots of people go skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing (okay, maybe not a LOT of people do that), and other winter stuff. If you just prefer hunkering down with a nice book and other stuff like that, you'll be fine.
As far as safety and what to do during an emergency - having family 30 minutes away is a lot better than most people anywhere have for help in an emergency. As far as safety goes, you mention that your grandmother's town is nice so I don't think you have anything to worry about - you might just have nerves about going out on your own for the first time.
One thing I'd be cautious of is job prospects in Michigan. The state has fairly high unemployment, and depending on your education and/or skill set the community you live in might not have a lot to offer (I get the impression its a small place). Check out where you could work well before you pack up and move to Michigan.
As for everything else, it definitely sounds to me like its time to get out of your house. Whether its a move across the country or to an apartment down the road from your parents, do yourself a favor and get out there on your own.1