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Relocating, boxes and what to do? It is time to do something normal, something that is not relocation work. Life has been on hold for a month or more. It is time to get life back to living.
THE NORMAL THING
Yoga, running, reading in the park, playing halo, museum lectures, writing group, garden club, Rotary, school volunteer, field trips, sewing, cooking….
What activity makes you feel normal?
Traveling every summer to visit my girlfriend, my first activity would be to stop by Target. It’s not that I really needed anything. I visited Target because it somehow grounded me in an unfamiliar place.
That first visit made me a part of where I was.
MEET THE LOCALS
These familiar activities are a perfect places to meet the locals. The activity created by a common interest gives you an instant connection.
Whether you are running, volunteering or walking in the park, you will find people to talk to. Asking them simple questions about the local area will be welcome and as I have stated before, just about everyone likes to be helpful.
Asking locals where they take out of town guests is an excellent question. This will not only give you destinations but insight into what they find interesting.
And the bonus is that you will have something to talk about when you see them next time.
BE A TOURIST
Being a tourist is pretty easy these day with the internet. There are a number of blogs, even for the smallest towns written by people just like you.
I visited Pawhuska, Oklahoma recently. With only 3500 residents, one blogger found 70 things to do and see in this 2 stop light town.
Start exploring for you and your future guests!
Without kids’ sports’ schedules and dinner invitations, NOW is the time to explore the museums, libraries, city events, sports teams, heritage village, parades, state fairs, theme park, and brewery tours.
Learn how to make Indian flat bread, see the first ladies’ dresses or learn to ski. Beyond putting the dishes away, this new world is your oyster.
Explore like you are trying to convince your mom/sister/friend that this move was the best idea ever! You will find your footing as well as plenty of things you like.
The internet makes being a tourist easier than ever.
Every community, city and state spends a ton to entice you to come visit. Take advantage of their websites as well as what you find with these search ideas:
- City site, click on the visitor link
- Chamber of Commerce members
- City tourism board
- State tourism board
- Community Parks and Recreation
- Library events
- Local and State Events
Need the personal touch, call the library research staff. They love a good research project. Also check in with the chamber of commerce and the local or state visitors centers.
If you have hotel nearby, look in the lobby for their concierge and tourist brochure rack.
THE LOCAL THING
Just about everyone in your new community will have something they love about living there. A restaurant, a parade or festival, experiencing any of these is part of being a local.
Ask about high school football’s Friday night lights, the annual Christmas parade or the Bluebonnets pictures. Every town, county and/or state has their thing.
Participating in community life is being part of the community.
Other ways to be part of the community:
- Attend the city council meeting
- Visit the Saturday farmer’s market
- See the homecoming parade
- Attend your HOA Bunco
- Take swing lessons at the community center
- Volunteer at the library
- Be a voting volunteer
- Join the local Rotary or Lions club
Participating in the community help understand what is going on outside the 4 walls of your new home. You will make new connections and build that support system.
DO SOMETHING NEW
Yes, another encouragement to do something NEW!
The clean slate of relocation is a unique opportunity. Take advantage. If you have moved to hockey country for the first time, go see a game or set you kids up with lessons.
If you’ve wanted to try areal Yoga or learn a new language, make it happen.
Nothing is set. No schedule requires your attention.
Dream about the what ifs and the want to dos.
The need to dos will take care of themselves.
For more ideas and “What to Do” direction check out the
What to do worksheet!
If you have any suggestions to help others please email me at Annette@ReloMoms.com. Together we live great Relo Lives!!
A ReloMom currently in the wilds of Texas, working to encourage and inspire others while seeking another adventure.
Not the tourist stuff…yet.
It is so easy to find and yet, the Arch in St. Louis, the Coca Cola museum in Atlanta or the Longhorns in Fort Worth… those are for the tourists, and your friends and family to when they visit. This is about finding things to do in your new town.
You need to start where the real people are. The people who will make up your everyday community.
Therefore, turn to the real people: your neighbors, your kids friend’s parents and work colleagues are at the local hangouts. These are tried and true tested events, businesses and places they go to with their family and friends. Comfortable and engaging, they are places and events where you can settle in, like you live here.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
Since this depends on what YOU like to DO, let’s start with MUSIC.
Music plays a big part in most people’s lives. After years of living through bitter cold winters of Minnesota, my family loves being outside. With months of indoor hibernation, we crave star lit evenings with a breeze and a band in the background. Now in the south, we be outside most of the year.
IMAGINE your favorite Music space. Perhaps a version of it is here too.
In searching the area you will find that most cities have music in abundance. From Bach to Boston, you will find Orchestras, jazz bands, bell choirs and tribute bands around everywhere. Indoors or outdoors there is most likely something close by. If the outdoors speaks to you and you cannot find a band, pack a picnic basket, choose a park, grab your blanket, chairs & a Bluetooth speaker. Improvise & Enjoy!
FINDING WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO
Finding Awesome Ice Cream
Because, much of what you enjoy will be available where you go, finding what you like to do will help you establish your normal. With the boxes still needing to be unpacked and living with a sense of unrest, doing what you love is an imperative.
It is in doing what you love in the midst of the chaos, that will bring a sense of peace. Fun will seem like a luxury you have no time for. But the pressure of settling EVERYTHING, is overwhelming and therefore needs to be tackled in chunks. In between, creating that sense of fun for everyone cuts the pressure and strengthens those relationships.
So go ahead, take a moment to sign the kids up for soccer. Wander off to a local festival for a few hours. Explore the restaurants around and dedicate time to get to know where you are. Afterwards, you will find the energy to unpack another box.
So How do you find these amazing things to do? See our next blog
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