Not to be super cliche but.. I’m currently writing this blog post from a #trendy coffee shop one block over from my brand new apartment in a brand new city.. and I’m.. THRIVING. And embracing my inner Carrie Bradshaw which honestly, has been my life goal since I was old enough to binge watch Sex and the City.
Moving to San Francisco still feels like a dream, and the stress of finding a job and getting settled into a new place can be very overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time moving! But I will notice myself smiling randomly throughout the days here in the city, and these are the moments in which I realize I made the right choice.
So for that, I’m thriving. And also currently sipping on a large iced coffee with a splash of soy milk which makes my day that much better. It’s the little things, you know?
Moving to a new city can be as intimidating as you would expect, but also even more wonderful than you could ever imagine. Because it is my first time moving out on my own, I think my emotions were a little higher than most, but after almost a month of being here, I have found that I am finally settling in and finding out what has made me the happiest in a big city.
I wanted to share these tips with my fellow #twentysomethings that are either getting ready to move to a new city, or dream about doing it one day. And if the chance comes up for you to move and you are hesitant, I say do it. Our twenties are a decade that is essentially the foundation for the rest of our lives. This is the time to make big changes, and find out what truly makes your soul happy.
Regardless of how old you are, moving away from home will ~always~ be hard. Coming to terms with the fact you are going to be homesick for a while makes the transition a little easier. And if the homesickness feels overwhelming, take advantage of the technology-driven generation we are living in, and plan FaceTime dates with your parents (+ furry animals). In my situation, I am only an hour away from my family, so when I feel like I need to go get in some family time to cure my bout of homesickness, I hop in my car, throw on some Taylor Swift tunes, and make my way back for a few hours of comfort.
find a routine
I find I do better in all aspects of my life when I get into a routine. It makes life a little more comfortable when you figure out a consistent plan that you do each day and gives you something to look forward to. It will take time to form a routine that works best for you, but something as simple as creating a morning routine that includes walking down to your favorite coffee shop and taking the long way home so you get in your extra steps is a great start. And the more you work on a new routine, the more comfortable you will feel in a new city because it will finally start to feel like yours.
try new things
You most likely moved to a new city because of some life changes. Maybe you got a job right in the middle of the financial district, or maybe you felt stuck in your everyday life and needed a big change. Regardless, you made the move and it is meant to be a difference from what you are accustomed to. TAKE ADVANTAGE. Force yourself to try new things that you didn’t have the chance to experience when you were living at home. You are most-likely paying a bit more money if you are like me and moved to a big city (my poor little bank account), so get your money’s worth and take advantage of all your new city has to offer. I found by getting out of my comfort zone here in San Francisco, I have already developed new hobbies and habits that not only have enriched my life and new move, but have helped me transition to my new surroundings by making me feel like I truly did make the right choice.
To new beginnings,