A scary and exciting truth of post-grad life is that inevitably you will move to a new city. It’s sad because you have to leave friends, family and everything familiar. It’s exciting because you have a chance to start anew. I recently had the opportunity to begin my public relations career in Seattle, and through the transition I’ve learned a few things about how to make to most of living and working in a new place.
Take the Long Way Home
Chances are you aren’t familiar with the city that you’ve just moved to. Although with time you will eventually have better bearings, you can speed the process along by taking the long way home. Trust me – the long way home happens organically occasionally (i.e., getting lost), but it’s also a good idea to explore and wander a bit in your new city. You’ll find off-the-beaten-path gems in coffee shops and stores, as well as learn to navigate more quickly.
Live Simply (And be OK with it)
Another inevitable truth of post-grad life is that you won’t be making a great deal of money. This is a great learning moment for living simply and managing your money smart. No, you’re not going to be able to afford every dinner outing whim or new trend in the stores. Instead you can find the little – and often inexpensive – things that makes you happy.
Kick Bad Habits
Now is the perfect time to kick those bad habits and start new good ones. Start eating right. Try exercising regularly. Living a well-rounded life can start simply. Why is this the perfect time to kick bad habits? In your 20s your brain undergoes its second and last growth spurt as it rewires itself for adulthood – meaning if there’s something you want to change about yourself now is the time to do it. I learned this from watching a TED talk by Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, on “Why 30 is not the new 20,” in which she shares the truth about making the most of your 20s. (I highly recommend every college student and 20-something check this talk out).
Be Open to New Experiences
Visiting home occasionally is great, but allow yourself the opportunity to make whatever new city you’re in home. The only way this can happen is if you spend time making new friends, going new places and having new experiences.
It’s not easy to pick up and move to a whole new place, but so many positives come out of the experience. How will you make the most of your post-grad life?