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Your job can help you pay the bills but offer nothing more. In the short term, your job may be tolerable. But an unfulfilling job can have long-lasting effects on your overall health and wellbeing. It can even make you feel lost at times, to the point where you question yourself, who you are, and what you want to accomplish.
If you feel lost in life, take a step back. At this time, focus on self-care and do what's necessary to feel your best once again. It may also be a good time to consider new career opportunities.
The longer you wait to leave a job you don't like, the more lost you may start to feel. However, by focusing on yourself, you can figure out what's most important to you. From here, you can find your calling and take appropriate steps to build the life you want. And you can discover a career path that suits you well today, tomorrow, and long into the future.
Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right career path. Yet there are several things you can do to narrow your career focus.
Prioritize Job Satisfaction
Put job satisfaction front and center. To do so, find a job that is both challenging and rewarding. This requires you to evaluate what you have liked and disliked about past jobs. It also involves looking at what you want to accomplish in your career.
Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of your job interests and aspirations. Next, you can identify your ideal job. You can then make a plan to search for jobs and find one that aligns with your expectations.
As you meet with prospective employers, ask them about their work culture. This allows you to learn about the company's commitment to its personnel and how it engages with its staff. It can provide you with a glimpse into whether the business values equality, diversity, and inclusion as well.
Consider Remote Work Opportunities
In addition to finding a fulfilling job, keep an eye out for remote work opportunities. A remote job gives you the flexibility to work from home. In doing so, a remote job lets you avoid commuting to work. It can even help you reduce your carbon footprint.
If you are interested in working remotely, find out how prospective employers view it. Businesses offer remote work opportunities in a variety of industries. Some companies are planning to make remote work permanent. Others intend to shift to a hybrid model or require employees to work on-site after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ends.
Also, find out how a company supports its remote staff. For instance, many companies provide laptops and other equipment to ensure remote employees can thrive. Furthermore, they often leverage remote communication and collaboration tools to help remote staff stay connected.
Learn how a business promotes self-care to remote employees, too. The top businesses prioritize a healthy work-life balance for remote staff. These businesses provide educational tools and resources to teach remote employees about the importance of physical and mental wellness. They encourage remote workers to seek out medical aid as needed.
Leave Your Job on a Positive Note
Resist the urge to quit your current job right away. Remember, a job is important, but it is secondary to your overall health. You can always pursue a new job, but it is paramount to avoid burning bridges along the way. Thus, if you feel burned out and exhausted in your job, take appropriate steps to resign and reenter the job market.
For those who are ready to quit their job, meet with your manager. Tell your manager how you feel about your job. You and your manager can then work together to find solutions.
If you reach a point where you no longer want to work in your current role, submit a resignation letter. Include information about your intent to resign, your last day at your company, and your transition plan. Don't forget to thank your employer for the opportunity, either.
Typically, it helps to give your employer at least a few weeks of notice about your resignation. In the weeks to follow, you can help your employer prepare for your departure. You can also close out your relationship with your employer on a positive note.
After you leave your job, you may start to feel a sense of relief. And you can take solace in the fact that you did everything in your power to set yourself and your now-former employer up to succeed.
Move Forward in Your Career
When it comes to your career, there is no need to settle for anything less than exceptional. Your career is a part of who you are. So it is crucial to find a career path that motivates and inspires you.
If your job makes you feel lost in life, pursue a new career path. You can then decide what you want to accomplish in your career and the steps you'll need to complete to achieve your career aspirations.
Chad and Mike Walton decided to leave their lives living in the big city to follow their dreams. They found a unique property in the heart of the charming town of Hermann, Missouri which is located in the beautiful Missouri River Valley. They soon opened the property as a true bed and breakfast which they aptly named Old Vine.
When asked why they were interested in Herman and what drew them to this unique area, they said, “After visiting vineyards around the country, we dreamed of one day living in a wine country area. During the pandemic, we started visiting Hermann from our home in St Louis more and more. The opportunity arose to open our own business with Old Vine and rather than wait for retirement, which was the original plan, we took a leap of faith and jumped in.”
For Chad, a retail customer service manager, and Mike, an elementary teacher, was a new challenge. The idea of owning and running a bed and breakfast was a common dream for the two of them. When the property they now own came on the market, they embraced the opportunity and embarked on an incredible journey.
“Running a B&B has been a completely new experience for us, but that doesn’t mean we jumped in blind,” they told OUTvoices. They both have many years of experience in business management, customer service, and travel. “We have been able to bring a fresh perspective based on what we liked and disliked from our own travels. Old Vine is like a greatest hit from the places we have visited.”
The Old Vine is centrally located in Hermann and is within walking distance to many wineries and distilleries, restaurants, boutiques, and the Amtrak station. They also have an outdoor pavilion which can be used by guests and has seating for 18.
Mike Walton said, “The tourism business in Hermann has been growing in leaps and bounds. We want to offer our guests an indulgent experience in a town filled with friendly folks and wine.”
COVID-19 changed the patterns of where people live and work. Those whose jobs allowed it left the cities. Working remotely, many found themselves with more time on their hands. Some decided to quit their jobs altogether, triggering what has now come to be called the “Great Resignation.”
How has all this affected moving trends? This is the question J & S Transportation answer in this article, where we look at moving trends in the U.S. since COVID. We start with some quick statistics that may give you an idea of how things are going. We will also look at some prominent trends, such as the great track toward Texas and the movement toward Florida and Montana.
Some Quick Statistics
Here are some quick statistics to give you an idea of trends since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
- One-fifth of adults in the U.S. moved or knew someone that did due to COVID-19.
- More than 110,000 people left New York City between February and July 2020.
- Between March 2020 and October 2020, more than half of the people that left New York went to New Jersey.
- The number of people leaving New York in 2020 was 487% higher compared with 2019.
- March 2020 to December 2020 saw the biggest moves during the pandemic, with 300,000 more people moving compared with the same period the previous year.
- For those who left Texas, the leading three destinations they went to were Arkansas (16%), Florida (13%), and New Mexico (9%).
General Moving Trends since COVID-19
A lot of attention has been focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected moving trends in the U.S. While some use terms like exodus when reporting about Americans who left the cities for the suburbs and smaller towns, others say these reports are an exaggeration.
For instance, William Frey of the nonprofit public policy organization Brookings Institution reports that “New Census Bureau data released this month [November 2021] shows that despite the attention given to COVID-related migration out of cities, college towns, and other pandemic-impacted areas, overall permanent migration levels in the U.S. plummeted to a historically low level during the first year of the pandemic.”
Let’s take a closer look at what the trends look like for those who moved.
Staying Closer to Home
In an April 2021 article published by Bloomberg.com, Marie Patino, Aaron Kessler, and Sarah Holder propose that even though Americans are leaving cities, “There is no urban exodus.” They add that most people who moved remained close to where they came from, “although Sun Belt regions that were popular even before the pandemic did see gains.”
Patino and her colleagues use USPS and U.S. Census Bureau data to conclude that “Across the U.S., the number of people making moves that they defined as permanent was up a modest 3% between March 2020 and February 2021.” They also cite Richard Florida, a CityLab contributor who suggests that the moves compressed into the pandemic period were bound to happen anyway in the next few years.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) supports that idea that those who moved didn’t go far. The organization says, “Specifically, we see people moving out of some of the country’s most popular areas and relocating to the suburbs.” It adds, “This means that most people moved close [to] their home.”
Drifting Toward the Suburbs
One of the major moving trends noted since the COVID pandemic started is the general tendency for people to move from the cities toward the suburbs. This is the trend acknowledged by the multinational professional services network of firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
In a report entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021, PWC says that the movement toward the suburbs can be explained by the fact that people are craving more space. The same report notes that “COVID has prompted many young urbanites to reconsider the best possible location and remain connected to the urban amenities they crave.”
While there is no doubt that the ability to work from home has seen more people moving to the suburbs than before, an article published by Wharton University of Pennsylvania argues that even though the cities have lost some of their residents to the suburbs, an analysis of data on moving patterns indicates the idea of an exodus into the suburbs is “largely an urban myth.”
The Wharton University of Pennsylvania adds that “There isn’t much science to support the notion that metropolitan centers will begin to shrink after decades of growth spurred by young people seeking the bright lights of big-city life.”
From Big Cities to Smaller Cities for Families
An analysis by the NAR shows a trend where families tend to move away from big cities toward smaller ones. The same organization reports that “30% of the inbound moves in small towns and micropolitan centers [urban clusters with between 10,000 and 50,000 people] were made by families compared to 24% in metropolitan areas.”
The NAR also reports a 0.8% increase in families moving into the rural areas in 2021 compared to 2020. But why do more families prefer the suburbs since COVID? Anna Cottrell writes for Realhomes.com, a website that helps people improve their homes. She reports that a quieter life, more affordable properties, and extra outdoor space are the benefits that many families, particularly those with children, increasingly find appealing.
Individuals Prefer Metropolitan Areas
While those with families have preferred suburban and rural life, people living as individuals have generally chosen to move to metropolitan areas. The same survey by the NAR notes that seven in every ten people who moved into urban centers in the first half of 2021 were individuals, while fewer individuals moved into smaller cities.
Why Are People Moving since COVID?
From the insights above, it’s clear that when COVID started spreading across the U.S. in early 2020, many people moved both permanently and temporarily, creating what some call pandemic migrants. But what were the main reasons that forced people to move since the pandemic started?
Generally, most of the people that moved permanently since COVID was declared a pandemic are people who were always on the brink of moving. As some have noted, COVID forced many people who already had the intention of moving to hasten their final decision and move earlier than they would have had there not been the COVID pandemic.
However, temporary moves were triggered mainly by educational institutions, firms, and organizations that were forced to close down their activities due to various lockdowns in different states.
Lower Cost of Living and Higher Quality
An October 2020 World Health Organization (WHO) report said, “The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating: tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year.”
The above WHO statement may sound like a description of a poor developing country. However, anyone who saw Americans line up for food parcels at the pandemic’s peak as 9.4 million people lost their jobs, would understand that the statement also speaks to the U.S. Therefore, it’s understandable why around 35% of moves related to COVID happened because of financial hardships.
Even though many moved to the suburbs intending to find a lower cost of living and higher quality of life, rising demand in such areas may undermine the eventual savings. Writing for CNBC.com, Shawn Baldwin reports that “With homeowners unwilling to sell, a record low supply of homes for sale has forced buyers into intense bidding wars.”
The idea that people moved to places where they expected to spend less is supported by the Bloomberg CityLab report, which indicated that regions in San Jose and San Francisco, two of America’s most expensive housing markets, experienced the highest increases of people permanently moving out during the pandemic (17% and 23% respectively). The national rate is 3%.
Ability to Work Remotely
If there is a silver lining from the COVID pandemic, it would be the fact that we learned that people could be as productive working from home as they are when working from the business office. Consequently, many people decided to move because they could now work from wherever they wanted.
A McKinsey Global Institute report proposes that while remote work was perceived by many as a good to have, COVID made it a necessity. The same institute forecasts that the pandemic will leave over 20% of the global workforce working from home most of the time. This is primarily true for individuals in high-skilled jobs in sectors like I.T., insurance, and finance.
The working from home trend also led many to reconsider whether they wanted to remain in places they didn’t like because of a job. This trend has led to the so-called “Great Resignation,” which continues in 2021. For instance, more than 4 million Americans quit their jobs in April 2021 alone.
Avoiding Exposure to the Virus and Supporting Family
A survey by the moving labor services provider, HireAHelper, concludes that 36% of respondents moved to a place where they felt safer. These individuals were looking for a place where they were less likely to become infected with the virus.
Even though many people were moving to safer places, 10% of the respondents in the HireAHelper survey indicated that they moved into areas where restrictions were less stringent and amenities like schools remained open.
Where Is America Moving To?
The Great Track toward Texas
The reality that Americans have been moving into Texas in huge numbers in the last decade is generally accepted. For example, a press release published by the Associated Press indicated that more than half a million people moved to Texas in the year before COVID.
Bankrate.com, a website that provides consumers with tools to compare services, writes, “Known for modest taxes and affordable housing, Texas added an estimated 373,965 residents from mid-2019 to mid-2020.”
About 10% of the people moving to Texas during COVID-19 are from California, reports Bill Hethcock of the Dallas Business Journal. But where does he get these numbers? From a study whose results were released by the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University in October 2021.
Flocking to Florida
A report published by BusinessInsider.com in May 2020 shows that 900 people are moving to Florida per day. This situation has resulted in home sales in the state more than doubling since the beginning of the pandemic.
But how did the pandemic encourage many people to consider relocating to Florida? In an article published by the New York Times, Marcelle Sussman Fischler attempts to find the answer by speaking to some of the people that moved during the pandemic. One family that moved says, “The pandemic made us re-evaluate the way we were living. It gave us the time to reflect.”
Fischler reports that many of the people that moved to Florida from areas like New York were lured by the prospect of paying less tax. One resident who moved says, “I was very happy to be here in the warm weather during COVID. We are outside all the time.”
Moving to Montana
Montana has been a popular destination for people that wanted to move since the start of the pandemic. So many people have been moving to Montana that the state has regained the second U.S. House seat that it gave up 30 years ago.
USNews.com reports that the population growth in Montana is “led by towns known for their proximity to outdoor recreation, including Bozeman, Missoula, and Kalispell.” It adds, “The overall population has grown to over 1.08 million — about a 10% increase.”
The Great Migration West For Auto Transports
We have been delivering vehicles to private individuals in the United States for over two decades. In that period, we have become experienced at forecasting the general trends in vehicle movement at different times. However, as the economy gets back on its feet following the pandemic’s peak in 2020, we have noticed a significant shift to the west.
To conclude that there is a great shift to the west post the peak of the pandemic, we analyzed our quote data from June-November 2019 (pre-pandemic) and compared it to the same months in 2021 (post-pandemic peak). We discovered is that there has been a great migration west for auto transports.
Why the Shift?
We notice an interesting shift in the direction in which people asking for quotes are interested. However, we need to say that people ship vehicles for two reasons: they are moving, or they are buying vehicles from another state and having them shipped to them.
Because there is certainly a difference between vehicle movement pre-COVID and after the pandemic’s peak, we can only speculate. Maybe people are moving west to flee lockdowns or mask mandates, and they need their vehicles with them. Maybe the cost of living is less in the west, so more people are moving there? Maybe people are moving west because they want more “open space” because they fear COVID?
Greater Increases in the West than in the East
Our data shows that 13 of the 23 states west of the Mississippi that we ship to saw increases. This means that over half of the states west of the Mississippi saw gains in the number of vehicles transported to them. There are technically 24 states west of the Mississippi, but we currently don’t ship to Hawaii, so it was excluded in our analysis.
Of the 13 states in the west that saw increases, the increase was 22%. The states in the west that saw increases include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas.
Only 7 of the 26 states east of Mississippi (and Washington D.C.) that we ship to saw increases. This means that only around a quarter of the states in the east saw increases. There are 26 states east of the Mississippi, but we added Washington D.C. in our analysis and ended up with 27 shipping destinations.
Of the seven states in the east that saw increases, the increase was only 7%. The states in the east that saw increases include Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Maine.
For more moving trends go here.
Scottsdale’s Lucky Plaza located at 3388 North Hayden Road at the southwest corner of Hayden and Osborn Roads is a 41-year-old shopping plaza. It has been controlled by an entity owned by Todd Silver for the past 18 years and has been kept in meticulous condition. The old plaza has become an outdated commercial site and big box retail is extremely challenging. Furthermore, there has been approximately 8,000SF vacant for 10 plus years and the national tenants or local community tenants have not supported renting these vacant spaces. Many times, it appears there are more employees inside the soon to be vacant OfficeMax space than there are customers. Carl’s Junior is not extending their lease and will be vacating by the end of January.
Over the years, Todd Silver has proposed a mixed-use redevelopment of apartments and retail, which will be beneficial to the community and city. Greenbelt88, a 7-acre property, located near the Scottsdale Greenbelt, is being rezoned to a Planned Unit Development. Jason Morris, the zoning attorney on the project, maintains that the Greenbelt88 project fits the city’s General Plan, which calls for mixed-use properties, most of which have featured residential uses due to market demand and very much needed additional housing. Greenbelt88 is being redesigned into a mixed-use development establishing a brighter future for the Scottsdale community by creating a vibrant retail and residential property of 238 units and 28,000SF of new and exciting retail. Ownership is hopeful to retain some of the current restaurants and service tenants in the new development.
The retail stores and apartments will be completely redesigned with upgraded modern architecture designed by the acclaimed Nelsen Partners, a well-known USA firm who does work across the USA and internationally. Jeff Brand, a partner at Nelsen Partners and the lead architect, is a Scottsdale resident who lives walking distance to the proposed redevelopment and has personally invested countless hours to see this project benefit the citizens of Scottsdale.
A few years ago, the initial rezone pre-application by Silver was 388 units and no retail. After community meetings and input the plan was revised to 300 units and 21,000SF of retail. The project received City Staff support. With very costly continuances, delays, outreach and changes, Greenbelt88 at The Design Review Board was approved with 288 units at four floors and 48 feet. Through additional community input and outreach, it was determined that the unit count should be reduced and some of the cantilever and massing should be modified further and the retail should be increased to 25,000SF.
The Scottsdale Planning Commission approved Greenbelt88 with 278 units and 25,000SF of retail along with other architectural changes to the project. Although the immediate surrounding commercial businesses and many in the neighborhood especially within one mile support the project as presented, there have been others constantly trying for change. Ownership has made numerous and very costly design and project changes. Most recently, the project team reduced the units from 278, which was approved by the planning commission down to 253 units. The plan is now being modified down to 238 units, which include eight units of workforce for the benefit of the community. Furthermore, the overall height on the building would be further reduced as additional compromises and concessions. All these changes have been extremely costly to Todd Silver and in part being done to benefit the Scottsdale community. Greenbelt88 will meet all the building requirements of Scottsdale’s Green Building Program; environmentally-sensitive building techniques and has exceeded all the recommendations and requirements of the city.
Prior to moving to the Scottsdale City Council public hearing, there were some community activists concerned with height, density and traffic. The owner’s team has modified and mitigated these perceived issues. The traffic has been mitigated with traffic engineers and the city. Studies show that the mixed-use development will result in less traffic than the current plaza. According to a study by CivTech Inc., licensed traffic engineers, Greenbelt88 would generate fewer daily trips throughout the day than a solely commercial property.
There was a false narrative floating around that the Greenbelt88 project would be a high-rise. It is not a high rise, nor is it a mid-rise. The project is a low-rise development reaching 36 and approximately 48 feet at different points. The development is now being modified down to 45 feet and removing more units from the fourth floor. Thus, most of the outside perimeter of the building facing the golf course will appear to be three floors and approximately 36 feet. Other projects within several miles are substantially higher and denser. The buildings will be staggered in height with a maximum height of three or four floors to allow for sunlight and great views of the greenbelt, golf course, Scottsdale and the Camelback Mountain. The new development will not block any views and the view of the golf course will be enjoyed, and it may become a destination spot and local icon.
Greenbelt88 has complied with the recently improved parking codes and will have abundant parking in a concealed parking garage that will not be visible from the street. Plus, there will be convenient surface parking near the retail and restaurants. Additionally, the development will exceed the requirement on parking and will also accommodate extra guest parking. According to data from CoStar/ESRI, Scottsdale has a retail per capita ratio of 90.1SF. This study indicates that Scottsdale has the most over-served retail plazas in the Valley.
According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, the United States is millions of housing units behind current demand. In Arizona, this translates to a pre-pandemic need of 230,000 new units with the majority of the need in Maricopa County, where Scottsdale lies. Scottsdale has 250,000 residents with 10% growth and needs more than 20,000 apartments to meet the growing population. According to this WSJ study, a 250-unit multifamily development’s construction generates $1,219,800 in municipal income, with an estimated additional $415,410 in ongoing annual revenues. The Greenbelt88 apartments will create more competition allowing the rental rates in the area to be competitive.
Redevelopment of Greenbelt88 will ensure ability to contribute for the city to pay for preserves, parks, police and fire departments, amenities and may help keep property taxes low and property values stable. By adding apartments to the Greenbelt88 development, Greenbelt88 is contributing to the ease in which renters can rent modern homes at competitive rental rates. Additionally, adequate housing generates more employment opportunities in the community.
The project team envisions this quality mixed-use development as one that the community will enjoy and one that will be an asset to the city. Greenbelt88 includes retail, restaurants, modern apartments, a bike friendly path, shaded areas with benches, paseo, ample parking and an overall focus of quality living, recreation, and shopping.
There are numerous benefits to the community with the redesign of Greenbelt88. A new public paseo would include a landscaped biking and walking path that will run along the greenbelt to connect Hayden Road at the southeast corner of the property to Osborn Road on the northwest corner, very convenient to Old Town, Scottsdale Stadium, Honor Health Hospital, Civic Center Park and the library. The new pathway will increase public access alongside the west side of the greenbelt and will provide pedestrians, strollers and cyclists access to safer and more user-friendly traveling than the existing street-adjacent walkways.
Other benefits include no short-term rentals, new traffic turn signals at the expense of the owner, new deceleration lanes, huge amount of city fees, ongoing property tax fees, a non-gated apartment complex with free-flowing open space to the community, two public art displays, walking paths that will be lit, benches, nice landscaping, added guest parking, additional outdoor living and open space over and beyond city requirement. The first two floors of the overall structure will be built with upgraded material and the retail space will be built with high ceilings to add to the ambiance of the quality development.
Greenbelt88 will be a place of rejuvenation and enjoyment. The aesthetics and luxurious well-planned landscaping will afford visitors and residents the opportunity to bask in the glowing sun or to enjoy the shade. Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to relax on the lit-up shaded paseo with the gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain. The sunsets are outstanding. The property backs up to a beautiful golf course that will have a new restaurant facing the golf course, a walkway, lighting, and benches.
The owner on their initial ask to the city of the rezone asked for a lot less than other developments around the city and the owner has put in a lot more as far as community changes, modifications to the project, benefits to the city, dedication and more. The ask has been less and the giveback has been far more. Immediate and surrounding businesses and residents have expressed their complete support for the project. Despite some anti-developers and activists living miles away voicing their opinions, it is our understanding that they do not voice the opinions of all as there have been many others who have let the owner know that they support the project.
To keep the economy bustling and the community thriving for decades to come, Greenbelt88 is one way to ensure that Scottsdale remains the city we know and love for decades to come with quality redevelopment. Additional information could be found on our website at Greenbelt88.com or on our Instagram page instagram.com/greenbelt88?utm_medium=copy_link. In general, new housing creates more competition and better pricing. Supply and demand! And living on the Greenbelt would absolutely be a healthy choice! You are invited to complete the short survey at https://rb.gy/ll2utj.
About the Author
Frayde Yudkowsky, LSW, LMSW, CCTP is a one-time resident of Scottsdale who loves the vibe, landscaping and aesthetics that the city has to offer. It is her dream to call Scottsdale home once again.