For me, the idea of relocating had always excited me and ignited my sense of adventure. You see, I love to travel. I travelled Western Europe in college and I had already been to many states in the US. I had seen a lot of awesome and wonderful places. In the midst of my travels, I always wondered, “what would it be like to live here?” Life in these places would seem so easy and pleasant compared to my hometown. I’d soon come to my senses and realize, “of course it does;  I’m on vacation!” Though I’ve always had a keen sense of adventure, I can be painfully practical and cautious when it comes to making decisions. Impulsive is not in my vocabulary.

The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of unknowns when you move across the country, away from friends and family. To quote Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”  or someone like me who likes to be in control, the unknowns of a relocation were difficult to take in. Will the kids make new friends?  Will my husband like his new job?   Where do I want my children to grow up?  What would be best for them? I needed to have to take in the whole picture. Google became my friend. No really, he was…my actual friend in this thing. It’s amazing the answers you can get to deep seated questions like these thru a simple Google search and Google Street view!

Certainly, all that internet research was helpful. But as I look back now, that research had its limitations. You can ask so many questions, get so many answers, yet remain as confused as before. At the end of the day, all of those questions could be boiled down to one: “Is this the right thing do for me and my family?” Once I knew that that answer was YES, the shackles were off; it was time for the adventure to begin. It was scary. Exhilarating. Freeing. Fun. And so far I have no regrets.

Get out of Illinois was started by Jeff and Angela Kirsch. After living in the Chicagoland area all of their lives, they moved out of Illinois in 2013. They started this grassroots campaign to help people with relocation advice, support, and real estate services. Jeff and Angela live just outside Charlotte, North Carolina with their 2 young children. Jeff Kirsch is in the medical industry and Angela is a successful realtor in the Charlotte area. They enjoy low taxes, great schools, and better quality of life and want to help others do the same.