Relocating can be a strain on any relationship, whether it be with a spouse, partner, friend, or colleague. It is important to remember to take care of your relationships with others when planning for a move. I discuss many different ways to take care of the love that surrounds you to ensure happiness and a successful relocation for anyone involved.
In my articles, I like to focus on improving your life by making you rich in health, love, and money. The love surrounding you during a move is not always romantic and the advice I offer up applications to anyone looking to successfully relocate.
If you are moving with your family, whether it is just you and one other person or three kids and a dog, it is important to take their needs and wants into consideration.
Work together to compromise about different aspects of the move and do your best to honor their wishes. You do not want a spouse resenting you because his / her needs were not met in the relocation and you do not want to have to deal with a child who keeps running away or trying to go back “home” because s / he is not happy in the new location. Kids are tough, but if their needs are not taken care of, they will not be happy and your family unit will not be strong.
Discuss every aspect of a relocation with your family unit and make sure there is something for everyone to gain from it. Even if it is a relocation where you have no control over the location, like if someone in the family is in the military, you can find ways to make everyone in the family comfortable with the change.
Planning ahead is key. Going to visit the new location before the move can help get any related family members excited about the move. If everyone knows what they are getting into and what exciting things they have to look forward to, it will make the transition easier. It is also important to get closure and have a chance to say good-bye to the people around you.
You do not want to move and become estranged from your friends and family because you did not give them enough consideration when you decided to move away. Take care to nurture the relationships with the people who surround you, even if you do not think you are that close. People such as neighbors and work collections can feel disappointed when you leave with little or no notice.
These are people you see every day and even if you would not necessarily invite them over for dinner, they are still an important part of your life and have the right to be acknowledged as such. Your work collections, especially, can become valuable contacts in the future; you do not want to go around burning bridges before you leave, particularly if you plan on coming back.
Nurturing these relationships can be something as simple as having a going-away party, giving the people around you a chance to say good-bye. You can have multiple parties, I usually have one at work, one at home, and one at my place of worship. This way the people around us feel appreciated, we have a chance to talk to them before we leave, and you get a confidence boost as well when you realize how many people around you care and want you to succeed. If you have children, they will especially appreciate the opportunity to say good-bye and get some closure with their friends.