It’s not unusual for people to move back to an old hometown or a previous hometown after being away for a long time. If you’re in the situation, you might be thinking about old friends that still live in that town. Should you reconnect with them? Is it a good idea to try and strike up a relationship once again? As it turns out, there are some very good reasons to reconnect with old friends in person (and not just on Facebook)!
- Reminiscing is good for the soul: Remembering old memories, fun days, and things from the past that you once loved is really good for you. Once in a while, it’s fun to take a trip or two down memory lane to see what you may not remember, or what you might miss from those old days. Who knows, you may even be reminded of a hobby that you used to like, and you can take up that hobby once again.
- You’ll get to compare the person that you were back then with the person that you are now. Hopefully, you’ve grown in a positive direction, but simply talking about the person that you once were will let you compare your past and future selves. You never know, you may want to adopt some of those older traits, or simply look back to a time when you were strong and happy, if you aren’t now.
- You may find a relationship that you were greatly missing, and you may turn an old friend into a new one. Sometimes, people grow in different directions and have nothing in common at a later time in life. Other times, those same people reconnect, and find that they still have a strong bond, and that they really did miss each other. Maybe you’re missing out on a good friend, and you don’t even know it.
- You now have the time to make the decision whether or not you want to be friends with that person once again. There’s a good chance that you didn’t actually make this choice way back when. Typically, people grow apart due to geography or other reasons, and often it’s not a choice to move away from a friend. Now, you have the time to really try to reconnect, and to see whether or not that relationship is worth keeping.
- You can never have too many friends. It’s true, it’s harder to make friends when you become an adult for various reasons. But true friends, friends that really know you, are hard to come by. If you do reconnect with an old friend, you may find that you now have a very good friend to share things with, laugh with, and to help round out your current life. You can really never have too many great friends.
- You may just have a few laughs. Even if you decide that rekindling a relationship isn’t going to happen, you can still sit back and have a few laughs with an old friend. What’s the harm in doing that? Not much, right? So, go ahead and make that phone call!
Getting the Nerve
If you’re already friends with someone on a site like Facebook, you can simply send them a note to set up a meeting time and place. If you haven’t already connect with them online, simply look up a phone number, and give someone a call. The very worst that can happen is that person doesn’t want to reconnect with you, but there’s a good chance that they do want to reconnect. Now, all you have to do is get to your old hometown!
Moving Back With Exodus
We get it — finding movers in Fort Collins that you can rely on is not easy to do. We also understand that you have a budget to respect, which is why we are more than happy to provide you with a completely free moving estimate that we will stand by no matter what. Whether you’re moving to Denver or anywhere else in the world, Exodus Moving and Storage will help you, and your stuff, get to where you are going easily and without any stress. Call us today for that free estimate!
If you’re debating whether or not to make the move to reach out to an old friend, take out advice and go for it. Have you ever connect with an old friend? How did that work out? Let us know by leaving a note on this blog, or by connect with us on our Facebook page.
If you’re planning a move, there’s a good chance that you may want to pick up some new and cute things for your home. Etsy, the artist’s marketplace, is a great website to use to find some really clever and creative items that you may not find anywhere else.
The issue with Etsy is that it can be somewhat difficult to navigate, since there are so many different types of items and different types of people selling those items on the website. Here’s a guide on how to navigate the site, so that you can find that perfect item to add to your new home.
Using Filters and Reading Tags
Artists making handmade goods, and shoppers looking for those goods, have become somewhat frustrated with people selling items on Etsy that aren’t actually handmade. Since anyone can sell things on the site, some people have begun differentiating quality handmade goods with those that are factory made by using tags such as “Handmade in the USA,” or “Authentically Handmade.” You can also set site filters to include items that are handmade only, so that you aren’t looking at items sold in stores or purchased for the purpose of resale on the site.
That said, there are some machine made, or largely manufactured items, on the site that may actually be what you’re looking for. If you can’t find those items where you live, you may be able to find them for a much cheaper price on Etsy. So, don’t count out items that aren’t handmade unless you are looking for that specific handmade touch.
Buying From the World
One of the great things about Etsy is that it’s a true global marketplace. You can find items from other parts of the world like India and Thailand on the site, and those items are often really unique. If you want an item that has a particular feel to it, consider shopping outside of the US. What about safety and shipping woes?
The best way to make sure that you aren’t going to get ripped off is to take a good look at the reviews that other buyers have posted. Each shop lists reviews of items, and a seller that isn’t trustworthy will be called out. Plus, the site shuts down shops that have received too many bad reviews, so there’s some safety in this as well. Just read through those reviews, and note what other people are saying about a particular item. Otherwise, it’s a great deal of fun to purchase something that’s handmade in another country, so give it a try! And if you buy something, make sure to leave an honest review to help out the honest folks on the site!
Looking Carefully at Descriptions
It can be tempting to base purchases solely on photographs. You do have to realize that most people selling items on Etsy have mastered the art of the photograph, and Etsy even provides people with a guide on how to take the best photos (here’s a mental note to make if you ever want to sell anything on the site). This is why you have to read through a description of each item that you are considering buying. Carefully look at details like dimension information, material specifications, and other notes that might be present. This combined with a careful look at the review’s posted should provide you with a clear idea of what you are purchasing.
For the most part, the developers behind the Etsy site have tried to make the site as easy to navigate as possible, though this isn’t always the case. You can now use various filters in order to search for items, and this helps to narrow down the selection. Etsy is also a great place to go if you want an item for your home, but you don’t want to pay retail prices.
Sometimes, handmade goods can be expensive, but other times you can get a much better price and a better quality product by buying something that’s made locally or in another country. If you are moving long distance, buying newer items instead of trying to transport all of your old stuff makes a lot of sense too!
A Free Moving Estimate
Moving is a fun time that should come without any complicated moving problems, and that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. We’d love to help you move all of your old stuff, or help you store those items in one of our storage facilities in either Denver or Fort Collins. Simply call us today to arrange a meeting, and we will give you a completely free quote that we promise to stick by.
We’d also love to hear what you think about Etsy, and what your user experience has been — come and find us on Facebook to join in the conversation!
Moving to Denver or any other location can mean celebrating some holidays on your own. Before you start making that large group of friends, or finding a significant other, you may wind up smack in the middle of a holiday like Valentine’s Day when you first move. But, don’t worry, there are still plenty of great ways that you can celebrate this holiday with or without other people.
Make something delicious for dinner, or order out from a restaurant that you saw on your way to your new home. Then, grab some great movies or rent something fun on Netflix. Cuddle up with your favorite blanket, or a pet, and enjoy your night in treating yourself to everything you love. Next year, you’ll probably be swamped with fun V-Day requests, so enjoy the silence while it lasts!
Adopt a pet. What better time of year to find a pet to share your life with than on Valentine’s Day? Not only will you have a new companion, but if you adopt a dog, you’ll find yourself exploring your new neighborhood in no time while you set out on those daily walks.
Go candy crazy. Hey, without anyone around to tell you to do otherwise, you can eat as much candy as you want!
Bake some sinful cookies or a yummy cake. Try out your new kitchen, explore the gourmet baking shops in town, and make something delicious all for yourself. If you’re feeling generous, you can share those treats with a new neighbor or two. If not, just enjoy the home baked goodness of a special treat.
Go out and enjoy a fun movie. It doesn’t have to be ‘Fifty Shades of Gray,’ but choose something that will get you in a romantic mood. Nothing provides a better escape from reality more than a great movie!
Find a singles party or other singles dating scene. You can use a site like Yelp! to find some fun group activities in your new town. Chances are that there’s a really fun singles event happening this Valentine’s Day, so why not join in?
Go shopping! Do you have a new job, or do you just want to reinvent yourself in your new town? There’s no better way to do it than with a killer shopping trip. Buy all of those items you never thought you’d wear in your old town, and have fun doing it. Stop and get a coffee, check out some smaller shops, find a new cafe — make a day of it.
Get some new tunes. Are you into the new record craze? Your new town probably has a record store or two, and you can find some great music just by spending the day browsing for new records. Buy some records you’ve never heard before, and maybe a record player to go with it. There are plenty of classic songs out there well worth listening to.
Paint a room. Does your new place need a bit of a facelift? There are few better ways to lift spirits than to paint a room a new color. Grab some paint, turn up the music, and get to work making your new place beautiful.
Hit the salon or spa. Why not spend some time pampering yourself? Get a new haircut, new color job, a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, or any other treatment that you’ve been dying for. If you’ve moved before you start a new job, there are few better ways to feel amazing before diving into the workplace than with a trip to the spa!
Hiring Fort Collins Movers
Before you can figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day, you’ll have to get there, right? That’s where we come in! Exodus Moving and Storage is a full service moving company offering you everything you need for your move including packing, unpacking, moving, and even some storage boxes and other packing options. Moving to a new place should be fun and exciting, and not at all stressful. Let us help you with all of the moving details, so you can relax and enjoy your new town.
What sets Exodus apart from any other Colorado moving company is that we are entirely operated by our own employees. What does this mean? We’ll never contract your move out to a third party, so we always know who is handling your things, and where that person will be. In other words, you can trust Exodus! Call us today for a completely free moving estimate that we guarantee we will stick by. Or, find us on Facebook for additional information about our company.
This Valentine’s Day, make it all about you! What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know by joining in the conversation on Facebook!
Ah, love. It can be an amazing thing, but it might only be so amazing when you’re living apart. Combining worlds and belongings brings a whole different element to any relationship. Living with the one you love might be the best thing that you’ve ever done. On the other hand, it could be the worst and hardest idea that you’ve ever had. So, how do you figure it all out?
Calling all the Pretty People
When we go out on dates (or out in public in general) we tend to look our best. We put on makeup, find the right clothes, the perfect shoes, spray perfume, and do everything we can to look completely and totally appealing to our loved one. But, what about those days when you are just lounging around home? Or, those days when you don’t feel good, so you grab your rattiest sweats, wrap your hair into some kind of top bun, and trudge around with watery eyes carrying a box of tissues? Has your partner seen you on those days? If he’s only seen you when you look amazing, it’s time to open up his eyes.
Before you move in together, invite him over for a night of just relaxing, and make sure not to get all dolled up. Why? Because the person that can’t stand to see you at your worst (or isn’t so affectionate when you aren’t looking your best) is probably not a person you can live with. After all, you don’t look amazing all the time, right? So, let him see you as you really are a few times, and then decide if you want to live together. Otherwise, you’ll spend the first few months in your new place trying to look perfect all the time — and this can be exhausting around the clock!
Get Used to Those Bad Habits
When you visit your partner at his house, you probably see a relatively clean place that’s somewhat hospitable. But, this might not be the person that he really is. He may leave hair in the sink after shaving, might toss his dirty clothes on the floor every day, and may never think to leave an extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. If you don’t know about these habits, you’ll be in for a rude awakening. Either find out what his dirty habits are, or learn quickly how to sit back and roll with it. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting in no time when you move in together.
Living together means splitting expenses like utilities and rent. Do you know what is financial situation looks like? How much he can afford? Whether or not he has a steady job? Love can get you pretty far, but you’ll get fed up quickly if he can’t afford to carry his half. At least if you know the current financial situation, you can plan to pick up more of the slack.
Make Sure Your Relationship Is Clear
Sure, moving in may mean that you don’t want to see other people, but he has to be clear on your daily activities too. If you want to hang out with friends three days per week, this has to be understood from the start. If you expect him to be home for dinner each night, make this clear too. Living together may not mean spending every waking minute together, but neither one of you will know whether or not this is the case unless you take the time to talk it over.
Ready to Call Your Movers in Fort Collins?
If you’ve gone over everything listed above and you still want to live together, Exodus is here to help you pack, move, and unpack. We also have storage rental spaces available in both Fort Collins and Denver, just in case you don’t want to let go of everything just yet. As a moving company in Fort Collins, we can provide you with a complete free moving quote, just call us and ask for one.
Your Fort Collins movers can help you move in or out, and even in again if you don’t like where you are when you move out! Living with someone takes a lot of thinking and planning, so make sure to carefully consider every angle before you make that move! What do you think? When is it time to move in together? Leave us a note on Facebook!
It happens. You’re at the gym in your new town, you strike up a conversation with a guy because he’s nice, and you realize that he isn’t looking for friendship (and you’re not looking for a relationship). How can you put that guy in the friend zone without crushing him? Here are some ways to set very clear boundaries.
Step 1: Try and ignore his advances as much as possible. If you see him again, smile and nod, but pop in your headphones to avoid a longer conversation.
Step 2: Bring up the man in your life right now. If you’ve just moved to a new place, you may not have a guy in your life, but you may want a friend. Telling your new guy friend that you are already taken is one way to avoid any awkwardness. If you’re going to use this tactic, make sure to bring up your guy as soon as possible.
Step 3: Turn down any invitations to hang out. If he asks you what you are doing Friday night, simply respond that you have plans.
Step 4: Skip any kind of close embrace, holding hands, or other kind of contact. If you do hang out with the guy you met at the gym for coffee or for lunch, do not get too close to him physically. You can listen to his problems without hugging or touching him.
Step 5: Just be honest. Some guys get really offended when you tell them flat out that you aren’t interested, but you can do this nicely. Just tell him that you’d love to get some new friends, but you are into dating anyone right now. Hopefully, you’ll keep the friend and get rid of any notion of moving the relationship to the next level.
When Moving to a New Town
Whether you’re moving to Fort Collins CO or anywhere else, you’ll need some friends to help you make that transition a smooth one. Some of those friends are bound to be guys, and there’s nothing wrong with having a few guy friends. Realize, though, that sometimes turning down a guy means losing him completely, so that’s a risk that you will take (but a necessary one if you’re just not that into him).
If you are moving to Windsor or another place, one other great way to make it clear that you don’t have feelings for your new guy friend is to invite other friends out whenever you two decide to go somewhere. If your girlfriends are around (or any new friends that you meet), you may even be able to set him up with another girl. It can be hard to let a guy down if he’s really into you, but it’s the best thing to do to avoid leading him on. Otherwise, things could get really awkward!
Working With a Moving Company in Fort Collins
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we want to help you with every aspect of your new life from moving your things to your new home to learning how to make new friends when you get there. If you take a look around our blog, you will see that we have many different articles posted about what to do when you move, and we’re also happy to help in any way that we can.
If you are moving soon, make sure to give us a call. We can provide you with a free quote, and we can also offer you some moving tips. You can also find us on Facebook – we’d love to get to know you socially! Ladies: what’s your trick for putting a guy in the friend zone? Let us know!
There is an old saying that there is no such thing as bad press. But in this digital age with social media as a communication standard and the majority of businesses networking through the use of directory listings, sometimes it can be downright complicated to sort through it all.
One of our favorite sites for customer review, social networking and local search has been a site called Yelp. A Yelp review has been an easily accessible way for our customers to create moving reviews for their experience with Exodus. It had also proved to be a great place to search through moving company reviews when shopping for the best movers. But recently, we have been experiencing a slight by omission. It’s not that we have a bad Yelp review, but thanks to the Yelp filters, we are missing some very good and extremely ecstatic feedback from some clients that we really enjoyed working with. We don’t quite understand the rationale or filtering system of this site, but in an effort to let these fine folks have their say, the following are 9 filtered reviews on Yelp that never made it to grace our page.
If you want someone you can trust and will do a good, clean and thorough job, you want Exodus. If you want cheap and dirty, go somewhere else. This company is first rate. We moved around the beginning of September 2011 and they came to the house to do the estimate (to be on site to see what there actually was). They packed us up. They loaded the truck (great job nothing broken) and unloaded the next day. They where mindful of not causing any bumps, scrapes or scratches. They did misplace a box in the house (a box of hardware to put the beds back together) but did return to the house and no extra charge to put everything back together once the box was found. They picked up boxes and packaging material at no extra charge. At the end of it all, the total bill was LESS than the estimate. How many companies do that? If you are nervous (as I was) and you just want a good, reliable company, look no further than Exodus.
Nate T. 10/31/2011 Parker, CO
I used Exodus for a move from San Jose to Denver. Although there were issues with the original truck that was going to be used for the move, I was kept informed the whole time regarding the status and my move was not delayed. Everyone I dealt with was professional and friendly. My belongings arrived on time and in great condition. I would definitely use Exodus again.
Katie P. 8/9/2011 Littleton, CO
I’ve moved six times with Exodus Moving and would use them again! They have moved me half way across the country twice and locally four times. They go out of their way to take as much stress out of the equation as possible. They are so friendly and professional!
Heather C. 8/9/2011 Loveland, CO
We used them for a short local move of all of our heavy stuff. These people are fantastic! A crew of three guys and a truck. They were prompt, careful, and very thorough! They were on time, they were fast, and careful at the same time. They came in well under their own estimate.
Had em come back a couple of weeks later and move a couple of pieces we had located in the wrong places. The second visit was every bit as good as the first experience.
Exodus moving is the BEST!
John T. 10/27/2011 Aurora, CO
I recently moved into my first home (yay!) and went with Exodus as my mover. I had heard of them by word of mouth and they came highly recommended. The days up to the move were fairly stressful due to some difficult circumstances that arose, completely unrelated to the move, and I was at my wits end leading up to moving day. Needless to say I was not looking forward to it.
When the movers showed up to load the truck, however, my mind was put at ease as I was greeted with friendly smiling faces who were very professional, and got down to business right away. I was truly impressed by the team, especially since our moving day was freezing cold and snowing, and certainly not ideal for the movers.
I would definitely recommend Exodus as opposed to the giant corporate movers who don’t know you by anything else as a number. The movers knew my name when they showed up and each introduced themselves to me, which was a nice change from the norm. Thanks Exodus for the least stressful moving experience that I’ve had!
Joy H. 8/9/2011 Commerce City, CO
As a director of a nonprofit that provides support to military families, I reached out to Joel and Exodus when one of my Gold Star Families needed help. Joel and crew were professional and compassionate. What a wonderful company and blessing to have in our communities!!
Heather E. 4/21/2011 Parker, CO
I moved from Denver to SF and was delighted with Exodus’ performance. Nothing was damaged and the people — from the CFO to the movers — were unbelievably nice and extremely careful with my items, including a high-value piano that I own. Our move took place during a massive rainstorm and required double parking a semi in downtown SF, yet it went off without a hitch! Hiring Exodus was the best decision I could have made.
Heidi B. 3/23/2011 Denver, CO
Exodus Moving was absolutely astonishing. I was nervous about the move from Fort Collins to Denver, but Exodus made it simple and easy. Joel planned my move perfectly, everything went smoothly. When it was time for the boxes to be loaded, the workers were very possessional, well-dressed and well-groomed. Everyone was very polite, I was amazed! Everything arrived on time, and in perfect condition. I don’t plan on moving again, but if I do, I’ll choose Exodus for sure!
Adam S. 1/31/2011 Denver, CO
Amazing people, very professional and came in under budget! Removed a huge amount of stress from my Los Angeles to Denver move.
Ariel K. 1/28/2011 Denver, CO
At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.
Exodus History in Colorado
Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.
Exodus & Social Media
We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.
Words to Work By
When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen
Just yesterday, our Exodus team was lucky enough to have a conference with Mr. Joel Comm social media expert, also known as Mr. Adsense or the Internet Millionaire. Joel focused his discussion about the perks of using the internet to build relationships with potential customers or create a platform for current customers to engage in conversation. Joel reassured us that the internet is about one thing…Relationships. Twitter specifically, is about people, the sense of community built by people, conversations that are made, information that is shared, questions that are asked and questions that are answered. It’s about being portable with the people that like, know and trust you.With all the scam moving companies trying to take advantage of you, wouldn’t you be more inclined to engage in business transactions if there was added value to the relationship?
Joel also taught us about the 4 step sales process that can add value to the relationship that both parties can benefit from. For example, your Twitter profile needs to be built on a level of trust and support before profit even becomes a thought in your head. In order to be efficient and effective while building on the relationship that may one day lead to profit, three things must happen first. In this order people need to Like me- Know me- Trust me– and maybe one day- Pay me.
With all of that being said, hopefully these blogs will help you get to know a little bit about Exodus Moving Company so you can like, know, trust and maybe one day do business with us!
During the Holiday season, your busy schedules probably just got slammed with a number of dinner parties to attend. Attending dinner parties are fun but hosting dinner parties can be fun too! Whether you are having a small get together or many people over for a green celebration, planning does not have to be stressful hopefully this article will ease your list of things to do.
So you’ve decided you’re going to have a dinner party. Next step is figuring out how you’re going to send your invitations. To go green and ease the carbon footprint on getting your attendees attention to save the date, may we suggest using social media? What a quick and easy way to contact your network of friends. Remember, just because its online doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Send your invites a jazzed up email, they will be excited to open it making them even more excited to attend, we like to use Evite.com. Another idea is to suggest a prize for those who arrive by alternative forms of transportation other than by car, but whatever the prize is, make it green and make it good. When you decorate for your party create displays of fresh flowers and candles and get creative with the seasons offerings. Pinecones, lemons, leaves, and oranges are all things found in or around your house that can add to the fall season and add to the mood of a comfortable environment. Don’t forget to invest in some ‘green wine’ no, the color of the wine is not green but you can compliment any dish by supporting an ecologically sensitive winery. Or, you can have green drinks by supporting a local micro brewery, such as New Belgium Brewery, O’Dell’s Brewery and Fort Collins Brewery. When shopping for your dinner party, don’t forget about the after dinner coffee which you can go green by supporting fair trade. If there are leftovers, send everyone home with whatever is left, or compost your scraps for your garden. You should always seek out green household cleaning products because they are good for your health and good for the environment too.
As you can see these are quick easy steps to plan for your green Holiday celebration. All of these things are easy on your wallet; health and the environment too, have fun and stay green this holiday season.
At Exodus what matters most to us YOU! When we say YOU we really do mean you. You don’t have to be someone needing assistance in moving or help acquiring a storage unity, you are important to us because we are all a part of the same community.
We value our community in Northern Colorado more than a lot of moving companies you will find. Here at Exodus, we make the public our top priority in doing business. We also work hard to build and maintain a reputation that is admirable for the Northern Colorado community and we hope to live up to all the expectations that we have set for ourselves.
We also support locally owned businesses and events that are taking place in Northern Colorado and will do our best to help you out. Let us know how we can help spread the word about your business, organization, and charity by following us on Twitter @ExodusMoving.
Exodus often contributes to non-profit organizations by donating our white glove moving services. Now more than ever, we encourage you this Holiday Season to give back to your community. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can help someone or something in such a small way that makes such a big difference!
Let’s put it this way, you scratch our back and we’ll scratch yours. Let’s work hand in hand this Holiday Season and even ring in the year 2010 by supporting local businesses, organization, charities.
“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously”
– Grace Lee Boggs