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Live in a beautiful little town!

A guide by Mara Purl, Author (Los Angeles, California)

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So you're ready to make the move to that gorgeous little spot you've been visiting... Or, perhaps city life is for you, but you want to find the perfect second home. Either way, you're looking for a HAVEN, a place to restore your soul, enact your dreams, create a more resonant sense of home.


Make Your Reading a Haven
Whether you've already moved, are thinking about it seriously, or are just dreaming, the best place to begin this soul-nurturing process is setting aside a little time for reading. And if you really want to get to know a little town, the best way is to make a series of visits. Several authors have done some of this soul-research for you by creating series about fictitious towns in such depth and detail, you'll find out a lot about the experience. After all, don't we have to imagine things before we create them? Start with a visit to Milford-Haven, a California coastal town half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with author Mara Purl, whose series begins with What the Heart Knows: A Milford-Haven Novel, Book One (The Milford-Haven Novels).

Continue with a visit to Cedar Cove with author Debbie Macomber, whose series begins with 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove, Book 1). You'll love her multi-generational story set in the Pacific Northwest.

If you enjoy religion being part of your small town exploration, and want to head to North Carolina, try a visit to Mitford with author Jan Karon, whose series begins with At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, Book 1).


Make Your Move a Reality
If you need to decide whether you like your small towns strictly in the realm of fiction - or are ready to make small town life a reality - this the where you begin, by reading Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering's Moving To A Small Town: A Guidebook To Moving From Urban To Rural America. For a fascinating in-depth look at the process of re-inventing yourself by creating your Haven, do read Rich Karlgaard's Life 2.0 : How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness.


Small Town Business Success
If you want to find out more about your potential business success once you've found your Haven, check out John M. Schultz's Boomtown USA: The 7-1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns. And if you're an entrepreneur you'll find a practical guide in Thomas Egelhoff's How To Market, Advertise And Promote Your Business Or Service In A Small Town.


Finding Your Haven on the Map
Start with an overview from John Villani called The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Living. Next try two chronicles of small-town travel, Bill Graves' On the Back Roads: Discovering Small Towns of America, and David Jouris' All Over the Map: An Extraordinary Atlas of the United States : Featuring Towns That Actually Exist!.

Wherever you decide to live, remember the most nurturing, satisfying thing you can do for yourself, for your loved ones, and for the world is - create your own Haven.

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