- Jaleesa Garland, 31, is a Marketing Manager at Drop.com who moved to Tulsa from Berkeley.
- Tulsa Remote paid her $ 10,000 to move in October 2020 – and she plans to stay after the end of the year.
- Her life is cheaper and less stressful, as the freelancer Perri Ormont Blumberg tells.
- You can find more articles on Insider’s business page.
I moved to Tulsa for a variety of reasons.
For one thing, my life in the Bay Area was too expensive for what I was getting. Tired of living with a revolving door from Craigslist roommates.
My San Francisco-based company was also permanently removed once COVID-19 hit. So it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pack and move.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that taking a chance and moving to a new city may just be the fresh start you need.
Right before I applied to Tulsa Remote, I lost both of my parents within three months due to long-term illness. That kept me in the Bay Area for so long. After I worked through that, I needed something to get this next chapter in my life going. And Tulsa was exactly the change I needed.
I used the Tulsa Remote Scholarship – $ 10,000 – for savings and student loan repayment.
Tulsa has a troubling past when it comes to racist relationships.
As a woman of color, I definitely had some reservations at first.
But when I visited the city, most of those fears were replaced with sheer excitement for my new home. Although there wasn’t one particular experience that made me feel this way, I felt comfortable in my neighborhood from the start.
I had lived in Northern California all my life.
That is, with the exception of college, where I lived in Columbia, Missouri, for four years.
In Berkeley, I rented the smallest room in a 1,700-square-foot house that needed a lot of work with four other people, and having lived there the longest when I moved out, I paid the lowest rent at $ 1,175 a month.
I don’t recommend it.
I’m now paying $ 940 a month for my own 632 square foot apartment.
It has a fireplace, washer and dryer, free parking and a spacious terrace.
And I’m definitely less stressed. My daily commute to San Francisco ended at the start of the pandemic, but was replaced by being practically stuck in my bedroom for the work day as all of my roommates at the time also worked from home.
I still work entirely from home, but it’s a much more pleasant experience as I have an entire apartment to myself.
Tulsa is great. The cost of living and the people are amazing.
There are plenty of outdoor activities for me and my dogs, Jermaine, a mix of tan basset and lab, and Bo, a black cocker spaniel I picked up on I-40 on the way to Tulsa.
I love how much the community is investing in making Tulsa a better place. One thing that strikes me is the R&G Family Grocer’s mobile grocery store, which makes 11 stops a week in the Tulsa neighborhoods to make grocery products and other essentials more accessible to those who live in those neighborhoods. It is a unique solution to a problem that occurs in many cities across the country. So it’s great to see such an organization thriving in Tulsa.
There are so many areas in which you can get involved here. And I think it’s great that the city is only at the beginning of what I think will be a boom for this metropolitan area. There is so much to see and do in Tulsa.
The Tulsa Remote Community is so supportive.
I would describe Tulsa Remote as a kind of built-in community and family.
The hardest part for me is moving anywhere, meeting people, and making real friends. Taking the time to immerse yourself in Tulsa Remote will effectively skip this step as you will have a support system in place from the first day you join the TR family.
I have a couple of friends I made through TR, none of whom work in the same field as me or are from the Bay Area. That’s the beauty of our TR
Channel – We can connect based on our interests, pets, marital status, etc.
I’m also happy that one of my employees actually moved here through TR. We live in the same apartment complex which is really cool. We work in different departments, but since we work at a smaller startup, cross-functional work is common.
Unfortunately, I didn’t meet too many people outside of TR because I’m pretty limited by the pandemic. I feel like I’ve attended a lot of Zoom activities and a few face-to-face (socially distant) meetings, but there is still so much I have and want to do.
I didn’t have a car at first, which made it really difficult to enjoy the city and get to important places like grocery stores or the dentist.
When I moved here, I was pretty attached to my homeland. Lyfts and Ubers aren’t as fast or reliable here as they are in bigger cities.
But since I got a car – something I didn’t have in the Bay Area – it’s been great. You can get to practically anywhere in the city within 20 minutes and traffic is a rarity on the highways. I can meet up with friends and take my dogs to some of the fantastic dog parks and daycare centers in town. I would highly recommend having a car to take full advantage of all that Tulsa has to offer.
Don’t tell my grandma this, but I definitely plan to stay at Tulsa after my year.
I still have so much to discover! And I want to buy a house here as soon as I can do it. I am currently saving for a deposit.
My life here is wonderful. I’m far less stressed about finances and my money goes a lot further. I don’t know if I will be in Tulsa forever, but for this phase of my life I am very grateful to be here and I have no plans to return to the Bay Area anytime soon.
If you’re interested in moving to Tulsa, whatever your background, the city welcomes you with open arms. Join us! This city will pleasantly surprise you.