No, this isn’t a big surprise “I’m moving!” post. I’m really content with living in Glasgow, and the fact that I’m halfway through my law degree kinda means I’m tied down here too! However, moving somewhere new is scary and I have moved quite a few times in the last 19 years.
My most recent move was in June, moving into my first flat. However I’ve also moved to the Czech Republic, Texas and Aberdeen, so I feel like I’m pretty clued up on the hassle (and excitement) that is moving.
Whether you’re moving across the world, across the country or just a few miles away… Here is what I’ve learned about moving somewhere new.
1) IT PUSHES YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Whether it’s moving to a new city or a completely different country, you’re being thrown into a whole new world and being forced to take it in your stride. It’s scary, but it’ll definitely teach you a life lesson or two!
2) MAKING NEW FRIENDS CAN BE TOUGH
I know a lot of people say not worry about this, but I’m not gonna lie. I think the younger you are, the easier making friends is. That’s been my experience anyway… Moving to Glasgow for uni, I found it extremely difficult to make friends. My anxiety definitely doesn’t help this situation! Don’t give up though – it might take time, but good friends are worth the wait.
3) MOVING YOUR BELONGINGS IS A PAIN
Packing up your life into boxes is definitely not fun. It’s tedious, dull and will definitely make you realise you own too much. Bad news: unpacking and finding a place for everything in your new home is even worse! It is worth it though… I think?
4) IT’S EXCITING
Moving to a new area is full of the unknown. While that might make you worry, it’s actually kinda cool too! It’s an adventure. You have a new area to explore – new restaurants, new museums, new cafes, new parks, new shops, everything.
5) YOU CAN’T DECORATE IN A DAY
We moved into our flat in June, and we’re still not happy with it. When you first move in, you want to buy everything and it’s just not possible (at least it wasn’t for us anyway!). Of course we love it, but there’s still lots of things we’d like to add and change. Decorating will be a long process, and I think the sooner you accept that, the happier you’ll be in your new home.
6) YOU’LL SURPRISE YOURSELF
When you first move, everything might seem completely alien to you… I promise it doesn’t last for long! You’ll be shocked with how quickly you grow accustomed to change. Moving several times has definitely made me much more open and accepting to change. I know a lot of people don’t like change, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
7) YOU’LL MISS HOME SOMETIMES, BUT THAT’S OKAY
There will always be little things you miss about home, and there’s nothing wrong with that. A quick call to friends or family will help more than you think – do it! Missing home is hard, there’s not getting around it, but it will make you appreciate home way more than you ever would have living there before.
Try adding little pieces of home to your new home (pictures, an old fluffy blanket, putting gifts from family on display, etc). They’ll bring you some comfort and help you settle in quicker.
Have you moved before? If so, what did you learn from it?
If you haven’t, would you like to move in the future? Let me know!
Make sure you’re all caught up – here’s my last post.