I can't believe it! This week marks 1 year in St. Louis. It feels like yesterday when Matthew and I moved into our cozy apartment to start the next chapter of our lives. Moving to a new city in your twenties is no easy task. There were plenty of times I felt lonely or lost. Luckily, a year later, I have a ton of new friends and favorite places to visit and eat. In a similar boat? Here are some tips on moving to a new city!
Prioritize Your Home
Having just graduated college, I was so excited to move into a real apartment. While the home/apartment search can be daunting, it's worth going the extra mile to make sure you've found the right place. Things to consider are proximity to stores (grocery, shopping, restaurants, etc.), proximity to work, budget, and style. Feeling comfortable in your home is the first step to owning your new city.
This may sound like an obvious point, but hear me out! Extrovert or introvert, going out and meeting new people can be scary. Instead of looking like a lone wolf in the wild, find events in your area that are centered around an interest of yours. Maybe it's a beer festival, a local blogging event, or a recreational sports game. This way, when you arrive at the event, you will already have something in common with all of the attendees! Plus, always remember that someone is also most likely in the same shoes as you!
Follow, Follow, Follow
A big way I got connected with St. Louis was following a ton of local shops, restaurants, and activities on Instagram. This is your easy and free way to find out what's going on in town! It's always a fun way to connect with fellow locals. Maybe you find someone with mutual friends or notice you both graduated from the same university. This was how I started meeting so many blogger babes that I now call my friends.
If you're a young professional like me, you've probably had hundreds of people tell you to network. Newsflash: they're not wrong. Get connected with your co-workers and say yes to that company happy hour. Making connections at work will not only help you down the road, but will give you something to look forward to when you arrive at the office every morning. Work is where you spend a majority of your time, so get to know others and learn from them!
Play Tourist (Because You're Still One!)
Moving to a new city doesn't automatically make you a local. Get to know your city by visiting the landmarks! New to St. Louis? Catch a baseball game at Busch Stadium, hear the lions roar at the St. Louis Zoo (free admission!), and take a nap on Art Hill in Forest Park. Getting yourself familiar with your surroundings will make you feel comfortable and train you to become a local expert. Now when you have visitors in town, you can be their official tour guide!
In a world of new, it's easy to get overwhelmed. I am personally a homebody, so approaching all of these exciting opportunities was hard at first. The moment I said 'yes' to more things, the more I felt I could call St. Louis my home. It might seems scary, but moving to a new city requires bravery. If anything, it's actually empowering because your happiness is completely in your hands. So, say yes!
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Stamped on 5/15/2018 by The Letter Bea