How I Found Freedom Moving to a New State

by Luken Surge Via The Daily Bell

You’re Not As Trapped As You Think You Are

What do you do when you are living in an area that is not working for you? Whether it is the laws, taxes, people, or traffic what do you do if you are feeling stuck or suffocated?

Is moving really an option? You might feel that moving far away from home is impossible. You might have heard about stories of failure and of others who had to return home in defeat with their tail between their legs. Or, you feel that moving somewhere else is just this big, expensive process that you don’t have time for.


I used to think like that, too. I was so paralyzed by my fear of ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘I can’t afford it’ that I stayed in the same little town I grew up in for almost 10 MORE YEARS! I lived in Acworth, GA where the good jobs were 45 minutes to an hour away, everything was taxed, and the social & economic pressures kept a lot of doors closed for a lot of people. The government was often in favor of laws that benefited the few or penalized the many.

Growing up there I knew that I wasn’t a good fit. I loved the mountains and I had grown around myself a self-made community of people who cared about me, but we were all struggling with a fight that we couldn’t see any end in sight for. Even entry-level jobs, those opportunities that are supposed to get you in the door, were traps. You’d start low with no way to move up or anywhere. It would be years of struggling in the same spot before you would catch on, leave, and try another one that would just do the same thing.

I watched everyone I knew falling under the gears one by one and I knew that if I stayed I would fall at some point right behind them. It soon became clear that moving wasn’t a point for convenience or pleasure, but for survival. And it left me with a choice that took me two years to finally and act on.

Before the Journey Could Begin, The Recession Happened

As I hit adulthood the country was just hitting the recession. In GA, like many other states, the job market was devastated. I had to start out at under the table jobs that could never pay much, jobs like house cleaning, painting, yard maintenance, and pet sitting. It took many more years than it should have to get into an industry that actually had opportunity in it. But after I spent years to discover, learn, and master a trade I could succeed in, I realized that all the jobs were over an hour away from me in Atlanta.

This was a major obstacle for me as I was presented with the options of moving into the city where I knew I would be very unhappy, or stay in my area and deal with the three hour a day round trip commute…. Like all the other professionals did….

Well, I found a third option: Leave. Georgia was all I had known for most of my life. Everything there had the feeling of ‘done it, seen it’, and I knew that Georgia just wasn’t going to work for me, or my family. I had to get out.

But how? I didn’t make a lot of money (at my eternally entry-level job), not enough to save up an extra couple of grand to fly away out of state. I had a wife, pets, and a LOT of stuff. So it wasn’t like I could just pack up my car, drive away and be done with it. Or so I thought.

Every Journey Has Its Obstacles – Get Over It!

Well, the journey didn’t get underway immediately. In fact, I think it is fair to say that we put our breaks on for as long as we could. We had a few delays over the first year, a few family emergencies. The first one was my wife who broke her leg and needed to recover before we could even think of hauling ourselves to Florida. We also had jobs at the time that couldn’t transfer, and though we tried, finding work in another state is hard when it would be a 12-hour road trip, round-trip, for one interview.

Then to top it all off, we had a number of other family emergencies that put the date farther and farther back, like my grandmother hitting end-stage Alzheimer’s and both my wife and I needed to move in with family to help take care of her. Our dreams of a new life were put on hold so that we could be there for her, and my family, at the end of this decade-long battle.

But when my grandmother passed away, my mom had to sell the house. And when the house sold in just one week, to our shock, we were faced with the final choice: Now…. Or never.

If we stayed we knew we’d get trapped again and it could be years. But on the other hand, we were jumping into the unknown with only a couple hundred dollars, and days, to do it with. We convinced our boss, whom we were both working for by this point, to let us work remotely. This secured that we would have at least a minimum income while we were down there. We then took our last paychecks, put our stuff into storage, packed our essentials (and dogs) into the car, and drove down to Pensacola, FL.

And just like that, we arrived in paradise.

Or at least, it was paradise to us! We were by the ocean, and not a brown muddy lake, which came immediately with much nicer weather. We found ourselves right in the middle of a downtown area that reminded us a lot of a tropical version of Asheville, another place we had considered moving too. It was important for us to find somewhere that valued art, museums, and history. We were looking for somewhere that valued community, had plenty of events close enough to enjoy. Pensacola had all of this, and more. The traffic was much better, even with tourists, than it had been in Atlanta. (That is a big factor when it was starting to take us almost an hour to get anywhere.)

And best of all, we found ourselves in a place where we could see an immediate difference in local, state, and tax laws. We saw an immediate difference in our take-home pay with no state income taxes, as well as the lack of taxes on food and medical items. We had never realized just how much of a daily, weekly, and yearly impact these taxes alone were draining us. We saw almost an extra $100 a week compared to Georgia.

A lot of this was more of a pleasant surprise for us when we arrived as our move had been delayed and then rushed. We didn’t realize the difference just being one state over could make. Having lived primarily in the same area for most of our adult lives had really placed blinders on what we knew or understood of not just the rest of the world but our very own country.

Sometimes a place that better fits your lifestyle and goals is not so far away.

What Relocating Looked Like

We had already decided to start our journey off by staying in a hotel in order to have a chance to learn the area. Having already come from one area that didn’t work for us, we wanted to explore our new city before deciding where would be best for us. And because we had two large dogs (Boerboel Mastiffs), we had a limit on our options.

Within the first weeks, we both got new jobs. My wife wanted to start out working in a restaurant so that we could meet some people, to get some locals perspectives for the area, and to make some extra money part time to accompany the job that traveled down with us. Her plan worked great as she found something within a week, started making tips plus a check, and it really helped to buffer us in all the ways she was hoping it would. For myself, I was able to get a couple of new local clients and with the differences in the laws here for starting a business, we are looking into starting our own business and offering our services more formally to the area.

We were surprised to find so many more opportunities down here that were exactly in line with our skills. With more locally owned businesses it opened up more opportunities for both of our skill ranges than if we had stayed where we were.

It Works Out When You Make It

Within two months of moving down to Pensacola, Florida we had our own place. We had found a 3 bedroom house with a yard that would have been harder to find and more expensive in any of the areas of Georgia we had previously had access too. For less than we were paying at the weekly rate for the hotel we had a whole house, including bills in that equation. Every part of the journey was completely worth it! From overcoming the fear and dread to escaping the trap of nostalgia, and all the steps that it took to get here, it was all worth it.

We also learned the value of settling into an area and community that is in line with us, our values, and personalities. The environment has been so significantly different that as soon as we were here we felt a difference in our anxiety, stress, depression, and fear. Even though we were in a new place with all kinds of possibilities before us, both good and bad, we felt so much more comfortable and happy undertaking this journey than we expected. We felt more welcomed and a part of a community in just two short months than we had felt in more than two decades of living in Georgia. That alone was so impactful for both of us.

We finally started feeling that sensation of freedom that we have been searching for over these last many years. Free to walk outside and enjoy the day, and to do it without fear of being stopped by police for simply being there. We felt free to pursue the opportunities that really served us, and without needing to go to our friends or family for permission.

And best of all, we were free from our pasts. We had lived in the same area for almost all the years we could remember. We knew so many people, and too many people knew us from all the stages of our lives, ranging full from elementary school to more recent years. There were people who couldn’t see us for who we were now, versus twenty years ago. And we couldn’t go down practically any street without being bombarded with a ton of memories, both good and bad.

A new start, and a fresh new environment, was exactly what we needed. And if you are feeling like you are trapped, or are otherwise kept at arm’s length from your dreams, then maybe you too should consider what places might work better for you.

Conclusion & Lessons:

    • If you let yourself get trapped in a place where you are unhappy you will never know how much better things could go for you in a place that actually fits you.
    • Before you get settled in an area that might be restrictive to you, look around and see if there is somewhere that could be better for you. This can be in the form of local and state laws, the values of the community, and in the opportunities you will need to live.
    • Don’t wait until you have everything ‘perfect’ to take the leap because the truth is, it’s never going to be perfect. Have a plan (The Daily Bell can help you create one) but there is no such thing as a ‘perfect time’. Life will keep happening and getting in your way or providing excuses. You have to decide what it is you want, when it is that you want it, and then do it.
    • If not now, then when? Next month turns into next year, and one year turns into many. When you know you are sitting in a situation that isn’t working for you now, and isn’t likely to work for you in the future, don’t wait longer than you have to and get out of there!
    • You will defeat the government’s repressive control by choosing your own personal freedom first. When you leave you are no longer under their control, and when you move to an area in line with your values, you are voting for a better system of government at the local and state level. This is especially true for communities that know the value of their voice, and how to use it.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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NidStyles DoctorFix Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:16 Permalink

Dude, they are morons, what do you expect? It’s like people telling you no you’re not welcome because we don’t like you. Never mind that they are on your land in the first place.


Telling me that my park was full. Standing there with open mockery and in defiance on my land. You can’t take claim to what isn’t yours. Are you even a resident here, because I saw what was on your truck just the other day asshole, and you were even wearing my sunglasses.


Go home devil.

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vato poco Yellow_Snow Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

you might think that, homes, but you would be wrong. do a little homework and look into political/electoral results of the past, by state. 

oregon and washington used to be bastions of common-sense small gov't. now they're in a death race to see who can become 'california north shitholeville' the fastest. there are times when portland and seattle are actually even crazier than SF.

nevada, idaho, montana and arizona used to be so frickin' right they had legitimate libertarian parties out there. you know: the wild & free American West. now NV is considered a fairly reliable dem state; AZ gets ever-closer to the brink; and ID and MT are now electing the occasional democrat. 

all of this was *unthinkable* just 25 years ago; a whacko fantasy 15 years ago. now it's reality. obviously, something changed. 

hint: it wasn't MTV or the internet that changed those states. it was the fuckwit ex-cali's who yearned to be free and escaped!! and then went right back to voting like they did "back home", and logic & common-sense be damned

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NotBuyingIt Yellow_Snow Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:48 Permalink

In places like Austin, the California tech workers tend to be a large segment of the influx. However, these people do NOT come to Texas to appreciate the culture and assimilate. In fact, many of them act like they resent having to move to Texas to find work! They bring their shitty values (or lack thereof) and shove them down everyone else's throats.

Fuck them, by the way... we were FINE before these cunts came here. Many Austinites are in open revolt over these pricks.

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MOLONAABE Shillinlikeavillan Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

Many of us leaving cali are not libtards we are conservative. We are being invaded my family settled here in the 1870s and built this state and farmed its land. My county has added 1.5 million people in the last 15 years and most are illegal and or socialists. We are being forced out. We vote we fight it doesn’t matter we have been overwhelmed and replaced. So we can stay and be strangers in our own land or get the fuck out while we can. You armchair warriors that say oh fight them they won’t take my guns bullshit they get you one at a time while you are at the range I’ve watched them do it fight or flight I guess it’s flight for now.. The socialists are headed to Oregon Washington and Colorado or Austin in Texas. It is absolutely disgusting to see what is happening to beautiful so cal.... 

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NotBuyingIt DoctorFix Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

There is absolutely NOTHING cool about Austin anymore. That "small town" feeling is totally gone. The city wreaks of globalist bullshit and Agenda 21 crap. In fact, look up CodeNext. It's the new push for the Agenda 2030 shit. The corrupt city government is going to push it through, no matter what the populace wants.

Back in the 70s, Austin was the BEST place on Earth! Then came the Calitards and tech. On the up side, I bought a house before property values shot up. Sold it for a sweet bundle and moved 50 miles outside the city. NEVER been happier :-D



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AtlasP712 Shillinlikeavillan Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:56 Permalink

Not yet, the ones that are leaving now are the producers, once that reaches a tipping point the parasites will not have any left to feed upon and they will follow. The way to stop it is for any state worried about this to put a moratorium on welfare payments to new residents, have to have an 18 or 24 month residence requirement first. That will weed out m ost of them.


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MOLONAABE WeeWilly Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:54 Permalink

You should be happy about the reinforcements your going to need them when the socialists come looking for you and yes they will come. We conservatives have lost in California. I can tell you I won’t happen again in my new home. The biggest issue I see is the folks in Idaho Montana Utah etc have no clue what’s headed for them. And you will need all the help you can get... One medium county in Cali is more populous than the entire state of Idaho. Your going to need the the help... when the armchair warriors start running their mouth about I would do this and that where were you when I was working the border? Yep just what I thought fucking crickets... 

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MOLONAABE WeeWilly Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:56 Permalink

You should be happy about the reinforcements your going to need them when the socialists come looking for you and yes they will come. We conservatives have lost in California. I can tell you I won’t happen again in my new home. The biggest issue I see is the folks in Idaho Montana Utah etc have no clue what’s headed for them. And you will need all the help you can get... One medium county in Cali is more populous than the entire state of Idaho. Your going to need the the help... when the armchair warriors start running their mouth about I would do this and that where were you when I was working the border? Yep just what I thought fucking crickets... 

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Lost in translation Nor Nagaer Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:36 Permalink

25 years too late, already.

Illegal aliens, Muslims, trannies, H1bs, anti-gunners and the big gov CA shitlibs that adore them are everywhere in the US, now.  Spanish is taught alongside English in KS schools.  Aztlan “heritage history” is being implemented as standard curriculum in AZ schools.  FL becomes more anti-gun by the day.  

America’s future as a Third World, Tower of Babel slum is cemented in place by non-white births; the principles of the Founding Fathers have become irrelevant.  Checkmate.

Nowhere left to run, kids, but go ahead and give it a try if it makes you feel better.  Full disclosure: any newfound “freedom” you may find will prove short-lived, as the locusts are already on the wing.

In 8-10 years there will be very few legal or quality-of-life differences left between CA and MT, IL and TN, or NJ and NC.

Sorry but there it is.

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Argentumentum Lost in translation Sun, 06/17/2018 - 08:00 Permalink

Good comment, I agree. I did live in the USA for 5 years, it was 20 years ago...not the same country. In reality, all world is being destroyed in front of our very eyes. However, the USA might be our only hope to resist, you guys still have guns...

As far as demographics goes, we are all Indians (Palestinians) now, need reservations for whites soon. If just 10% of people wake up for the reality, everybody will wake up. There are growing counter trends.

You are right about locusts as well, however, some places are still more "locust resistant than the others...

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Dr. Bonzo Argentumentum Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:39 Permalink

In reality, all world is being destroyed in front of our very eyes...

I know it's hard to remain detached, at the same time cannot but wonder with a sort of amused bewilderment; from every conceivable angle the white man is assaulted, decried, denounced, derided, disparaged, jeered, accused... but they all want everything we've ever created. They want our tech, they want their kids to go to our schools, live in our neighborhoods and enjoy the benefits of living in our civilization all the while howling racism! racism! racism! IF we were really such deranged racists there would be exactly zero chocolate people in the US. I think the deluge of immigrants that has socked the US over the last 20 years proves otherwise. And. They. Don't. Care. Racism!!!!!

In other cases (China) they do their utmost to achieve all these and to build their country in the image of ours... everywhere you go in China, almost anywhere in the world for that matter is an Ode to Whitey. If there are any lingering mandarins yearning to be carried around in hand-crafted palanquins across mud roads to supervise their serfs carving up rice paddies with 3-man shovels and measuring optimal growth season using water-clocks... I sure as shit haven't seen em.


It boggles the mind.

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NidStyles new game Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

I guess they shouldn’t have televised where they got the zombie powder from, it completed the puzzle about how large the organization towards this was. $500k was offered for whomever could take him down. Everyone failed.


You asked what the deal was the other day kid, he’s an monster that looks like a pretty young white boy. Had entire organizations trying to take him down and frame him with BS, along with open threats from Staties, guns pulled on him, shots fired at him. I know that was your doing Wink.

 That’s what the big deal is. He walked through it all and remains undaunted. 


Yes, let’s reset and play a different game. How about chicken. 

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Totally_Disill… Lost in translation Sun, 06/17/2018 - 08:18 Permalink

Wrong - fed up with Boston area...high taxes, high insurance rates, massive govt corruption at all levels, sanctuary state/cities where costs were skyrocketing to provide the American dream to the illegals/refugees, higher crime rates with oppressive gun control and people  living in a pressure cooker bringing new meaning to "neighbor".  Sold my home last fall, cashed out the ridiculous equity gain (over $150K in 5 yrs) moved south 1000 miles to no state income tax, rural life, pleasant people, much lower cost of living.  Bought nearly the same house at a fraction of MA home prices, paid cash now my only living expenses are utilities.  I agree with article, assess your situation and if it's not working for you, move on.  Yes, it's possible.

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