First Things First: How to Make a New City Feel Like Home.

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  1. Emilie

    April 19th, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    This is great advice! I have yet to do every single one of these…. Maybe it would help with the homesickness. Thanks!

  2. Stang&Co

    April 19th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I have lived in the same town my entire life, but this is great perspective! I especially love the tip on take out, and finding your favorite grocery store. It really is those little things that make a place feel like home! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck with your move!

  3. Abbey Peralta

    April 19th, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    These are so, so important! When my husband was active duty army we moved from Los Angeles to North Carolina and I was desperate to make it feel like home. I absolutely love finding the library in any new city, no matter where you are there is something so comforting about it.

  4. Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five}

    April 19th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Yes to all of these! But most especially to finding your church & finding your takeout haven/grocery store. Clearly, faith & food are the most important things ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lacey Bean

    April 19th, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Finding your restaurant! We love trying new places but its always welcoming to find that one tried and true restaurant you know you can go to and are guaranteed a good meal.

  6. SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    April 19th, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I always suss out the library immediately! So important.

  7. Helene in Between

    April 19th, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    The grocery store is HUGE. and i love this!!

  8. charlienin

    April 19th, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I completely agree with you about the takeout place! Even if I just move to another part of the same city!

  9. emily @ a little bit of emily

    April 19th, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    All these are great! While I was familiar with the area when I moved two years ago, figuring out the grocery store was key for me! It's just so nice when you can go to the store and know where things are! My go to spots for anything, shopping, eating, drinking, movies – that all helped me feel settled.

  10. runwright

    April 19th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I do a walking tour of my neighborhood. Not a guided tour or anything. But I put on my sneakers and probably put a bottle of water in my bag because I'm sure I'll get lost and take longer than I planned. Then I go for a walk. Driving sometimes means you miss things – one way streets and roads you'll never turn down to go anywhere means there might be things in your neighborhood you don't find for months. But talking a long walk can expose these hidden treasures.

  11. Erin LFF

    April 19th, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    YES to the grocery store for sure. I feel like once you know how to easily get to your store and easily FIND anything you need at a moment's notice, you feel like a regular! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Yelle T

    April 19th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Having just been through this – I completely agree! Especially making your new place feel like home!

  13. Kait

    April 19th, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    YES TO ALL OF THESE! When we first moved to Hawaii, I was like HOLY SHIT — WHAT NOW?! I was 5,000 miles away from everything I had ever known. Slowly but surely it has become "home" and we love it. Of course, now that we feel that way, we are packing up and moving on. Sharing this for sure! XO

  14. Sara McCarty

    April 19th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Love this! I also think you should find a local park for the kiddo and lots of walks around the neighborhood to explore.

  15. Kristen @ See You In A Porridge

    April 19th, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    seriously, the library, grocery and take out are spot on. i wish i had seen this when i first moved here, i felt so out of sorts for so long and now i know it was because i didn't have a go to library or take out spot!

  16. Kate at Green Fashionista

    April 19th, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    These are all super important! It took me a few months for Orlando to feel like home (I moved here 6 years ago from Connecticut), and once all the above fell into place it truly felt like home. Knowing your way around the grocery store, where your favorite takeout place is, and a good church are so important <3
    Green Fashionista

  17. Emelia at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes

    April 19th, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Very important…I think finding your way around and what places work for you is definitely important. Me? I can't do any of those things until I'm settled in my home…I'm weird like that.

  18. Kate Brown

    April 20th, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Grocery store is #1 for me! When I moved a few years ago I had no idea where to get food! I ended up ordering in for the first week because the only grocery store near my apartment looked like a sketchy black market grocery store. Had I found a place before hand I would have saved a butt load of money from the takeout (and probably not had heartburn for two weeks..)

  19. Lindsay Latimer

    April 20th, 2016 at 12:38 am

    This is such great advice. I admit I have struggled making this town my home… for six years now. It just never had that homey feeling, you know? I think not having a church here has made it that way!

  20. Caitlin M.

    April 20th, 2016 at 1:17 am

    This is so spot on! When I moved by myself to Chicago, the moment I really felt at home was when the checkout woman at my local grocery store knew me. It made the biggest difference in seeing Chicago as just a city to my home!

    xx, Caitlin

  21. Cara (Kindly Unspoken)

    April 20th, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Great tips! Going around and getting yourself acquainted with things in your community is so important. I also agree making your home feel homey is imperative.

  22. Carrie

    April 20th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I completely agree with all of these! I just moved to Alabama for the baseball season and I've already done all of these!

  23. Leah McPherson

    April 20th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    After moving twice now, I totally agree with all of these! The hardest thing for me was putting myself out there and doing these things alone with baby in tote. Making friends in a new place is hard too, thankfully I have other coaches wives to help make that a bit easier. -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

  24. Taylor

    April 21st, 2016 at 2:35 am

    The grocery store thing is so true! I never feel settled until I find a grocery store that I like and know where everything is. It's the little things you don't initially think of that helm make a new place feel like home.


  25. Rachel

    April 21st, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Finding a new church and getting plugged in is a really big one for me.

  26. Tracy

    April 21st, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    We're moving in 2 weeks and have a great grocery store right across the street (not to mention a Trader Joe's a few blocks away and a Whole Foods a few more blocks from that) and I am SO HAPPY. Grocery shopping is the bane of my existence so anything that makes it easier and more convenient is a huge win!
    Finding new running routes is what makes me feel most at home in a new place ๐Ÿ˜‰

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