This means that Boyfriend-Fellow is leaving graduate school as well. He was dissatisfied for some of the same reasons as me and many of his own.
Not only is Boyfriend-Fellow's family in the area we're heading, but the jobs that Boyfriend-Fellow has been interested in (and interviewing for) are all out there.
We had been toying with the idea of moving for awhile since family is very important to both of us and this seems like a solution that allows both of us to see our families the maximum amount. Now that I'm doing photography full-time (i.e. I'm my own boss and can do work from anywhere), I can come back to California for longer, enjoy my time more and can offset the cost of the flight home with some photography jobs in California.
This is all very unknown right now. We're still waiting to hear about Boyfriend-Fellow's job and we don't know how long we'll be out there ultimately. But we're taking a leap of faith and trusting that it will be fine.
Of course, there's a big part of me that's terrified. What if I don't get to see my family enough? What if......? Actually, I've realized that that's my only fear. And I'm having to learn to trust that where there's a will, there's a way. My family is so incredibly vital to me and if I set an intention to prioritize my relationships with them, then I will.
But I could still use your encouragement, advice and stories of how you were able to maintain (if not strengthen) your relationships with people as you've moved further from them.