I cannot believe it has been two years since I made the big move to Dallas. It was a dream of mine for a long time to move to the big city, but I wasn’t sure exactly what that move would look like. After graduating from graduate school, life worked out where a big move seemed ideal. I was going through a breakup from a pretty long relationship, did not yet have a job, and honestly just needed a change of scenery. I applied for multiple jobs all over the DFW until I finally landed one and off to Dallas I went. While making the move to a big new city was terrifying, it was SO worth it. Below I am listing 6 things I’ve learned from moving to a new city. Maybe it will help some of you out there that are thinking about making a move too (even if it’s only temporary)!
- Opportunities are endless: A new city means sooo many opportunities that you might not have had before. If it weren’t for Dallas, the opportunities and experiences I have had with this blog would never have happened. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many great things about a small town, but a big city may open doors I never could have reached before.
- There are lots of people to meet: This may be the scariest part of a new city, but it can also be the best part! I have met some amazing people in Dallas. Some of them have been because of the blog, some through work, and others were people that went to college with me that I didn’t know until I moved to Dallas. I was so worried about not knowing anyone and being alone, but I have been surrounded by great people that have made the city life so much fun!
- How to be more independent: Moving to a new city on my own was the ultimate #adulting way to gain more independence. I learned to be okay with being by myself, how to do things on my own, and about who I am and want I want in life. Obviously I could have learned these things anywhere, but there is something about moving away from family, roommates, etc. that really taught me (and keeps teaching me) how to get things done on my own.
- There is always something new to explore: A new city means lots of exploring! This is my favorite part of Dallas. I am always looking for a new brunch spot, favorite coffee shop, cute boutique, and another skyline view. There are so many different areas of Dallas that I don’t think I will ever be done exploring.
- I still see my friends and family all the time: I was so worried about being in Dallas by myself, but honestly there are very few weekends that I don’t see either a family member or friend that is in town! Dallas is an easy drive from Arkansas and Louisiana, so I have been very lucky with how much I see friends and family. I am also constantly telling all of my friends to move to Dallas. I think there is so much opportunity for everyone here! Plus, I’m trying to get all of my favorite people in one place!
- I absolutely love living in a big city: There are certainly a few things I would change about Dallas (I.e traffic and my rent), but I love everything else about living here! I never would have known how special this city is if I never took the chance and made the move. While I am thankful for my hometown, I can’t imagine moving back anymore, but I know it will always be there if I ever change my mind.
I get asked all the time how I was able to make such a big move by myself. It was not easy, but I wouldn’t go back and change it for the world. If you are about to make the move to a new city for a job change, school, or you just need a change of scenery, do not be afraid to go for it! You will learn so much about yourself and experience so many amazing opportunities along the way.
Have you ever moved to a new city on your own? Leave them in the comments below!
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