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Congrats! You've finally taken a leap of faith and completed the exciting, yet sometimes overwhelming step of moving to a new city. You may be asking yourself what's next: how do you go about adjusting and maneuvering through this new environment?
Those are the thoughts and questions that I held swirling in my mind when I made my recent move from Louisiana to Dallas, TX. This move has occurred right smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed its own set of unique challenges. Those specific difficulties aside, I've discovered some tips that can come in handy when adjusting to a new environment and meeting new people.
4 Tips to Make Your Move
1. Put Yourself Out There
When moving to a new area, meeting new people and making friends can be a daunting task. Depending on your personality, it could be a little uncomfortable, but it is important to put yourself out there by finding various social groups or people with the same interests to connect with. For example, I am interested in writing and blogging, so one of the first things I did was get on Instagram and searched the hashtag “#DallasBloggers.”
I found several groups through that search, and landed on one called Dallas Black Bloggers, a group of African American women that I personally felt a connection with. I emailed the group owner and we immediately hit it off. Just like that, I was welcomed into this blogging group of amazing women. Therefore, I would definitely recommend utilizing social media to help you network and possibly build connections and friendships with people that enjoy similar hobbies.
2. Say “Yes” More
Okay, I’ll admit that before I moved, I was notorious for saying “NO” when asked if I was interested in going out somewhere. I became a homebody due to everything becoming so routine and “played out.” Going out became a bore. Maybe you can relate to that. Well, I quickly realized that keeping this attitude would probably not be beneficial in helping me get acclimated to my new city.
I encourage you to say “yes” to invites out to different places, which will foster opportunities to not only meet new people, but to become more familiar with what your new city has to offer. Of course it’s okay to say no sometimes, but once again, putting yourself out there can make all the difference in building your sense of belonging and acclimation.
3. Keep Friends and Family Updated
Moving to a new city can be a fresh start: a way to create a clean slate by leaving behind negative vibes and people. However, holding on to uplifting friends and family members back in the place you left can be important for your emotional well-being. Make sure to keep in contact with them and provide updates on how you’re doing. Maintaining these connections can provide you with the support and encouragement that you may need as you begin adjusting.
4. Explore the City and Get Lost
It may seem a little silly that I would suggest for someone to get lost, but sometimes that is the best way to learn your surroundings. I’ve literally driven to work about six different ways from times when I mistakenly took the wrong exit or turn, briefly finding myself lost. It’s probably not the most fun situation to be in, especially if you're running late, but I will say that I have now discovered six ways to get to and from work, and have learned more about the interstates and where they’ll lead me.
Also, being somewhat lost in Dallas has made me more aware of various restaurants, boutiques, and bars that I could check out that I wasn’t previously aware of. You should always be cautious when traveling and exploring alone, but a drive around town without a specific route in mind can provide more knowledge on the city’s layout and future spots to visit.
Overall, moving can be a scary and overwhelming time, but it can also be one of the best things that ever happens to you. This is a time that will afford you the opportunity to grow and, in a sense, reinvent yourself! I am wishing all my new movers and soon-to-be movers much success during this major life event.
I Want to Hear From You!
Have you just moved to a new city? If so, what things have helped you to become adjusted to your new environment? XOXOXO