Moving to a new city or neighborhood can be a daunting. You may have left behind friends and family; and think it’s going to take forever to meet new people in “The Emerald City.” Maybe you heard the term “Seattle freeze,” which implies that Seattle is a cold and impersonal city. Yes, Seattle can be a little reserved, but if you get out and about, put your friendly face forward, friends will come easy in your new community.
There’s a App for That
Try setting up an account on Nextdoor, a free and private social network that connects you to people in your neighborhood. The application helps you connect with those in your area by sharing interests, profiles, photos and location details. You can also stay in the loop about any events or activities near your home, and even sell or give away things by utilizing the classified section.
You just need to go to Nextdoor.com and sign up for a free account and choose your neighborhood. You’ll start seeing posts from your neighbors and learning more about the area.
Seattle has lots of walkable communities, and so if you make it a habit of gardening in your front yard, mowing your lawn and being visible, you’re bound to meet neighbors who are out getting some exercise or walking their dog. Sit on your front porch and engage the people who pass. You’ll quickly become familiar to those who are already part of your community.
Be Active in Your Community
We know it rains a lot in Seattle, but don’t just stay inside your house. Go to neighborhood events, like school plays, farmer’s markets, and festivals. Try volunteering or join a community organization. You can become a trusted member of your community and valuable to your neighbors through your actions. You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing these activities. Finding small ways to give back is usually enough to earn you new friends.
Be Bold and Say Hello
It’s easy to be shy wait for people to introduce themselves to you. Don’t limit yourself this way. If you want to get to know people and enjoy companionship with your new neighbors, you just need to introduce yourself. Have them over for dinner or drinks. Ask about their children or pets. Do more than exchange casual pleasantries when you see each other. People have great stories about who they are, and most are willing to make new friends. It starts with you.
It can be challenging when you move into a new home and neighborhood, but making new friends can make your transition all the more enjoyable. Try to get involved in your new Seattle community as soon as you can, and you’ll be glad you did.