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The economy is so bad right now that everywhere I turn there are stories that make me scared. I’m really scared about the future and I’ll bet I’m not alone. Actually, the fact that so many others are concerned makes me even more scared!

My wife isn’t working, I lost/quit my job a while back, and the only way I make money now is through this blog and a few others. I’m really scared of having to go out and find a real job sometime in the future. The thought of having to do that terrifies me as I have been self employed since 1997. I not only don’t know what kind of a job I could get but more importantly, I don’t think I could work for someone again. I am too used to doing my own thing and making my own decisions.

I have another problem / decision:

I live in Seattle but would REALLY like to move to Phoenix to get out of the rain and into the sunshine. I’ve lived in the rain almost 30 years and enough is enough. Problem is, there aren’t as many good jobs in Phoenix as they mostly seem to be in the service industry. Seattle is a much better place to find work but I really can’t stand the rain anymore. I’m stuck. It would be a big risk to move to Phoenix and expensive too as we have a houseful of stuff.

In times like these, caution would probably be the best choice. Taking risks now when the future of our economy is so uncertain might not be the smart thing to do. The problem is though, who knows when things will get better? This 9%+ unemployment might be around for the next 5 to 10 years or even longer. Who knows what we have in store for all of us with the 14 trillion dollars of debt this country has racked up.

But then I read this morning that Steve Jobs was in the process of having a super yacht designed and built for himself.

Now he is dead.

I don’t want that to happen to me so maybe I should move now, while I’m alive. You can’t guarantee there will be a tomorrow so maybe I should get busy doing what I want to do today.


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    I live in Seattle to and I hear you about the rain. Putting your outside life on hold 10 months out of the year takes a toll. Not seeing the sun for almost 10 months takes a toll too. I bought a house back in 2006 (Big mistake) thought I was getting a good deal, but if I sell now I’ll be $100,000 in debt. I’m stuck too! With housing prices now I could of lived out my dream condo in downtown Seattle and condo in Arizona or Hawaii in winter months.

    Dan on October 22nd, 2011
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    After reading what you wrote, here’s my take on it, like it or not! You need to go out and buy yourself a good umbrella, put on your big boy pants and quit your blubbering.

    It appears that you’re close to being thirty years old. You need to sit down and make a List of the major “known” pluses and minuses in your current situation. Then make a Second List of your “marketable” capabilities. If you really don’t have any talents, that are all that marketable, sit down again, and make a Third List to try and figure out what you need to do to make yourself “marketably viable” within this current economic environment.

    Forget about the things you can’t change. Really concentrate on the ones you can actually do something about. Try to start controlling your own immediate future, not being controlled by it. Sitting around being scared and worrying about what might, or could happen, is really expending a lot of wasted energy, and to what gain. That same wasted energy could be used to better your current situation, instead of making it worse. Right? Right!!

    Also, don’t be stupid!! With the economy being what it is, making a major change in your life, like moving to new and distant city, could be bad mistake. In a “new” environment, you really won’t have that trusted support group to talk with or to bounce off ideas. This type of change could be potentially detrimental to your financial and/or mental health. It seems that a lot of the time we have difficulty determine what is best for ourselves. I believe that this is because we are usually way too close to our own particular situation and our own given set of problem(s).

    With this being the case, I have found that discussing our problems and concerns with people we trust, can be a real advantage in trying to formulate what is our best course of action in a given situation. When I say discuss your problems, I don’t mean start “crying in your proverbial spilt milk” and looking for sympathy. If that is all you’re looking for, talk to your Mom, wife or significant other.

    First, you should determine that the person you’re choosing to confide in, can really add something to the problem solving mix. Preferably, you should look for a person (or persons) that you can really trust. Choose a person with “mentoring capabilities” and who is truly “willing” to give you their honest, unbiased opinions and suggestions. In your conversations, remember the lists you made, and use them. I feel, for your best results, this person should really not be one of your “best friends”. Your friends may be too close your problems and not able to be as objective as they really should be. There is also the real possibly that they are in similar situations and are looking for answers for themselves.

    My above ramblings may or may not be of any help, or even fit your particular situation. If the suggestions are useful, great! If not, then that what we have the ol’ delete button for.

    Jim on October 23rd, 2011
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    Thanks for your input Jim. Wish I were only 30 though.

    DayJobNuker on October 23rd, 2011
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    It’s awful to feel stuck when you need to make a change. If Phoenix is where you really want to be, try renting a place there while keeping your home in Seattle and see how much you like it. Nothing is worse than wanting to try something, but not doing it because of fear. If you’re confident in your self-employment skills, you should be okay.

    Raquel on October 29th, 2011
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    Moving is not a big problem if you don’t take as much.
    The economy sucks but moving can be an advantage if
    you have some skill that is in short supply elsewhere.
    Still it seems like nothing is steady. You didn’t say how old you are and rhar is a real consideration. would you pay the same price for a used rite for your car as you would a brand new one? No even if there was a law you would become a smooth corporate criminal and slash costs along with all the other old carcasses.

    Roger James on October 30th, 2011
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    I feel very uncertain about our economy as well. I am here in Peoria Arizona. Come on and join me. I don’t know what your cost of living is there but I would imagine it’s more than here. Live for what’s happening today, who the hell knows if we will even get tomorrow.

    Rob David on November 2nd, 2011