I'm' Movin' Out
Whether you're moving around the world, across the country, or just downtown, relocating is always difficult.
In a dream world, your neighbors would become your best friends, the guy you spotted in the grocery store would be the love of your life, and the first person you met at the gym would see how brilliant you are and offer you the perfect job. However, odds are that creating a life of your own in a new place will require a little more effort.
Here are 6 tips that will help jump start
life in your new surroundings, and will have you out and
about in no time at all.
1. SPREAD THE WORD
Before you move tell everyone you can
think of ' even your long lost pen pal from third grade
' where you'll be moving. You never know who may have a
friend, a family member, or a contact just around the
corner from your new digs.
2. MEET THE NEIGHBORS
Even if you're not getting the "let's meet
and mingle" vibe from your new apartment building, your
neighbors can at least give you some basic info about
where to get groceries, toilet paper, and the best
takeout around. Who knows? You might even find a friend.
3. SOCIALIZE WITH A COWORKER
She seems nice enough, but while you're
budgeting your paycheck down to the last cent, your
cubicle mate is chatting you up about the latest
designer goods she bought. You may not have everything
in common, but asking a friendly coworker what she's
doing over the weekend could get you invited to a super
social event. The best way to meet people is through
4. BE YOURSELF
Love kickboxing? Find a gym that offers
classes. Your favorite author is giving a lecture at the
local bookstore? Sign up. You don't have to be a whole
new person to create a whole new life. Reminding
yourself about what makes you happy will make your new
surroundings feel like your favorite pair of jeans: just
5. TRY SOMETHING NEW
While seeking out old interests can make
you feel at home, it can also keep you from opening up
to your new environment. Embrace the changes in life by
doing something you've never done before: find a book
club, take a cooking class, or join a runner's group.
You might end up with a great new hobby, and maybe even
a few friends.
This is your chance to make a difference
in your new neighborhood. Volunteering will not only
give the cause of your choice some much needed
assistance, but will also introduce you to others who
care about the same issues you do.
Don't wait! Finding the best route from the couch to the fridge will not help you feel like you're part of it all on Saturday night. There are amazing opportunities and amazing new people on the other side of your front door, so get out and explore!