Integrating into a new city
Moving to a new city brings plenty of new opportunities. Whether you're relocating for a job, a new relationship, or just needing a change of scenery, it's important to begin making connections to the city sooner rather than later. Integrating yourself in the community will not only help you establish roots, but it can also be the beginning of great friendships and memories. Here are some ways you can integrate into your new city!
Sign Up for Local Newsletters - Newsletters are a great way to stay in-the-know about events, restaurants and human interest stories in the city. When we moved to Columbia, the first thing I did was sign up for COLAtoday (a Columbia-specific newsletter; this company also creates one for Asheville, Charleston and Greenville) to learn about upcoming events, history of the city and businesses that are making an impact. If you're unable to find a local newsletter, think about joining a "What's Happening" group for your city on Facebook or following the local news media on social media.
Attend City-Wide Events - There's no better way to start integrating into your community than by attending events from the day you move your first box. Whether its a block party, local festival or even just the 5k to support a high school sports team, being connected to your community is how you will start making friendships and begin feeling at home in your new city.
Join a Women's Organization - One of the easiest ways to get involved and meet people in your new city is by joining a local chapter of a national women's organization. Junior League, FemCity and the American Association for University Women are all ways to get involved. You'll not only get to meet other women with similar passions, but you'll be able to volunteer and give back to your new home!
Find a Faith Community - If you're searching for a spiritual connection, finding a faith community is also a great way to assimilate into your new city. Not only are you gaining the spiritual and faith-based connection you need, but you also will get to meet and share fellowship with others in your community. This also opens the door to volunteer opportunities, which will allow you to meet even more people! Wondering how to find your faith community? Do your research on what you're looking for, then start visiting a new church each week until you find the community that fits your faith, your needs, and feels just right!
If you're just starting to build a life in a new city, my hope is that these tips will help you find purpose in your move. Please let me know in the comments if these tips helped or if you have additional ways that you integrated into your new city! I'd love to hear!