Oracle of Ybor: I think I need to get out of this apartment in the 'burbs

Also, how do I put in my two weeks?

click to enlarge The Page of Wands is a ramblin' man, a free spirit full of fiery curiosity. - Photo via Dmitriy/Adobe
Photo via Dmitriy/Adobe
The Page of Wands is a ramblin' man, a free spirit full of fiery curiosity.
Dear Oracle, my partner and I are unhappy where we live (basically suburbs) and looking to move into the city proper. The problem is if we move into either city, we'd be living in a much smaller place, but if we stay in the suburbs, we can have a much nicer apartment. I'm not sure what to do.—Brooding in the 'burbs

Cards For the City: Knight of Cups, King of Cups, The Seeker (all reversed)
Cards For The 'Burbs: Page of Wands, Nine of Swords (rev.), Five of Wands.

Dear Burbs, a friend of mine once moved out of our kickass neighborhood in Austin to a luxury apartment that was off a highway, next to a car dealership and a strip mall. Her old apartment wasn't bad (it was nicer than mine), but her new one was more than a few steps up. I asked if she was sad to leave the old hood. Absolutely not. She said: "I'd much rather live in a cool apartment somewhere shitty than in a shitty apartment somewhere cool."

And I thought: we are fundamentally different people. I could not imagine feeling the way she did. I literally couldn't fathom it.

Some people are built for suburban living; some people are not. I am not one of the souls on Revolutionary Road —and, I suspect, neither are you. The Page of Wands is a ramblin' man, a free spirit full of fiery curiosity. But, in the 'burbs, you're feeling bound and gagged by that Nine of Swords, deeply unhappy and anxious. The Five of Wands means there's conflict brewing; it wouldn't surprise me if you and your partner fought more due to the undercurrent of unhappiness.

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But you know this. You even start the letter saying that you aren't happy with your current living situation in the suburbs.

On the other hand, city living looks like a place where you could flourish. Look at these cards! The Knight of Cups lends itself to forming friendships and romanticizing your life; that King is lending his calmness and intellectual fulfillment to you, and then there's The Seeker! The explorer of the soul! It is an overwhelmingly positive spread for this option.

Now, I am just working with the information I have. I don't know why a bigger apartment might be more appealing to you. Maybe you're looking to start a family with your partner. Perhaps you need a place to work from home. There could be some non-negotiable reason for the need for space. I also don't know what the financial trade-offs are. Would you be spending the same amount for a smaller place, or would you be paying more, thus cutting your savings?

I don't know many factors, so my advice has to be taken with a massive grain of salt. But, if you're just trading off the size of apartments and everything else works out, I'd say go for the city.

Dear Oracle, I recently got offered a great new job—it's a significant pay increase, great benefits, and they really prioritize a work-life balance. While I'm excited to start the new job, I'm anxious to turn in my two weeks. I don't think my boss will react well, and I'm nervous about retaliation. Do you have any advice for resigning and getting through the last two weeks?
—Worried Worker

Cards: Strength, King of Pentacles (reversed), Justice

Dear WW, mazal tov on your new job! More money, benefits, and work-life balance is a dream for many, and I'm glad you're able to achieve that! Though I'm sorry if this bright star is dimmed by the worry that your boss will be a schmuck when you tell them the news.

Before I get into the cards, I want to give some mundane advice. Did you sign an employment contract when you started work? If so, get a copy of it and see what it says about quitting. While two weeks is typically a polite suggestion, some companies may require it, along with other stipulations. Oftentimes, these stipulations need to be followed for you to be paid out your vacation time or to avoid your ex-employer suing you. You might need to prepare a plan outlining your duties for the next two weeks and how you'll wrap up any current projects. (This also creates a paper trail for HR if needed.)

If, however, you're an at-will employee, they can fire you anytime—but then again, you can also quit anytime. You don't have to take their shitty behavior! Start the new job early!

However, I think things are going to go as well as they can.

While quitting is scary, you have Strength walking with you. You're going to want to handle this with a calm openness. Even if your employer sucks, keep it impersonal. Mention the salary increase and additional benefits and add that it's an economic decision. If your boss has a super fragile ego, you can even say you were recruited—this job just fell into your lap! You are, after all, the King of Pentacles, the master of your craft, and worth the money.

While your boss might be upset about supposed loyalty, money is money. They can hardly blame you for taking a "significant" pay raise. (If they do, tell them to match it and see what happens.)

With Justice as the last card, I think your last two weeks will be a fair trade. You'll put in your time and wrap up what needs to be finished, and your boss will be okay.

If they're not… you only have to deal with them for two more weeks. Go to HR (if you have it) and make sure things are documented so they can't mess with your payout. And if there's no HR, you're not expecting any PTO payout, and you're at-will, then just do the bare minimum, if anything. What are they going to do, fire you?

You're out of that place and on to bigger and brighter things.

Best of luck with your new job!
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