Have you had to move to a new area recently? It’s not an uncommon thing for people to have to do.
Jobs often relocate employees, people change states due to less expensive living costs, students go away to school, and some folks just want a fresh start. However, one difficult thing about making a move is having to meet new people. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with advice on dating when you’re the new kid on the block.
The best advice on dating in a new area that I can give you is to be outgoing.
Shy isn’t going to cut it when you don’t know anyone! If your new home is in an apartment complex or condominium where there are other people nearby, be polite and say hello to neighbors as you cross paths with them. If there is a laundromat on the property try to strike up a conversation with others who might be doing their laundry at the same time as you. Ask your neighbors or the condominium staff about some of the more popular places in the area: restaurants, bars, malls, and other places you might be interested in. If your new home is an actual house you can still make an effort to talk to neighbors.
The people you talk to don’t have to be ones you are targeting for dating. Let’s say for example you have a nice couple living next door. Don’t avoid talking to them because they already have a significant other! Conversations could lead to them introducing you to their friends—one of whom might be single and a good match for you.
Being outgoing should also carry over to your work environment. Your new job is probably the best place for you to find like-minded people to talk to or go out with. Be proactive in suggesting group work outings.
The next important piece of advice on dating when new to an area is to make sure to get out of the house! Yes, it helps to talk to the people you work with and live near, but you’re going to have to leave your comfort zone a little bit too.
Some places you can look to find others with like interests are book clubs, gyms, cooking classes, photography groups, meet ups, charity organizations, and church. Join groups and organizations that do things that interest you. Not only does it give you the potential to meet people, but it allows you to relax and have fun at the same time.
If you are comfortable with events catered more towards finding a date, you might want to try local singles events, progressive dinners, online dating, and even matchmakers for other people wanting companionship. If it so happens you have moved to Nashville, you can always come see me for more advice! I’d be happy to help.
In conclusion, being new to an area doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Even if you have a shy personality try to break out of your shell for your own good. Strike up conversations with people, be friendly, talk to co-workers and plan group outings, and join organizations in your new area that interest you.
Good luck with your new home, job, and quest to meet like-minded people!
As always I’m available to help you find your true love and build a relationship that lasts. Here is my personal online scheduler to get your 30 minute Free strategy session. Let’s get started today!