When the opportunity presented itself to move to Pittsburgh in 2013, I didn’t have to think very hard about it. At the time, I was looking for a change. I thought for sure my life would be bigger, brighter, I’d have more friends than I knew what to do with, & I felt that the love of my life was waiting for me out there.
Well, essentially none of that happened. But let me tell you what did happen..
I met some of my best friends through an app called “Meet Up”. The lifelong kind that apparently you make in college but I never did.
When I turned 25, I created a Meet Up event for my birthday dinner because I didn’t want to be alone on my day. 12 people came. I met my close friend Kristine that night!
I met my best friend Meghan at a Wigle Whiskey event through Meet Up & we immediately bonded when we realized both of our area codes were 717.
I met Kristin at a St. Patty’s Day bar crawl event through Meet Up & she eventually told me about the running group that I’m currently a part of & that I mentor for.
Joining that group helped me make even more lifelong friends. Ya’ll know exactly who I’m talking about if you’re reading this.
I became the best version of myself (so far). I smile & laugh more, & I try to spread love & light where ever I go.
I went back to school & found a path to the career of my dreams.
So I guess you can say by the looks of it, I got everything I wanted by moving here. It just came at different times, & in ways I didn’t imagine. And I know my life will continue to grow & change as the years go on. I made a new life for myself here & never looked back.
My advice to anyone moving to a new city full of strangers is to get yourself out there. And don’t move just because you think the grass will be greener on the other side. This I can promise: It won’t be. But, your life will change in so many ways you never dreamed of. I was lucky enough that mine changed in every way for the better.
Join groups of similar interests. Meet Up is FULL of groups to join. Learn something new. Try something different. Keep in touch with your old friends. Stay close to your family. Moving to a new city is not for the light hearted. It is a huge struggle, but if you make the effort & put yourself out there & learn to be vulnerable.. you might just fall in love with your new city!