In 2017, my New Year’s resolutions include new relationship goals.
Wait, what? I thought you were already in a relationship? ∑（｡･Д･｡）???
Yes, I am! I’m happily married to my Japanese husband. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about a new romantic relationship, but rather new friendships.
In 2015, I moved to a new town after graduating from grad school and starting a new job. At the end of last year, I moved again for work to another new town. So the year after starting over in a new town and finding new friends, I’m starting over again!
It seems daunting to again try to find friends in a place where I know literally no one. But I’m making it a resolution to try to find new friends (again). The only question is how to do it when I don’t already have friends to introduce me to new friends (and coworkers probably won’t be able to help with this).
So I’ve brainstormed some ways to get out, be social, and hopefully find some people with similar interests:
- Professional groups – This way I will meet people who work in my field and, even if I don’t make new friends, I will at least have a professional network
- Young professional groups – This will introduce me to young professionals, like myself, even if they aren’t in the exact same field as me
- Meet Up – This is an app I recently heard about, where people join groups and “meet up” to do activities about once a month, thus you can find a whole group of people with similar interests as you
- Go somewhere new – At least once a month my husband and I will go to a new place (museum, park, etc) to get more familiar with the area and to broaden our horizons – at the very least we can see what this place has to offer!
These are the ideas I have come up with so far, and if I do at least one of these events at least once a month, I hope to meet some new people!
Do you have any other ideas about how to meet people in a new town? Please let me know!