Last year I shared a blog post on tips for anyone moving to a new city. Moving to Sacramento was the first time I really had to put myself out there and make friends other than the 2 people I knew, one being my sister who lived about 35 minutes away. Every other time I've made a big move, I had tons of friends, or I was with my husband and family.

The first couple months in Sacramento were pretty lonely. And oddly enough, it didn't feel as lonely as I was living it, but when I look back at photos of myself from my first few months living here, I can barely recognize myself. I can remember what I was feeling, thinking, doing and it's nowhere near what I am experiencing now. Nowadays I am starting to question if I am really an extrovert because it's so nice to be alone in my apartment, haha. 

After my move, the first thing on my list of priorities was to get a second job. This was important to me because my full time job is from home.. so I really had nothing getting me outside of the apartment. Not to mention, the extra cash to help with bills and living alone in California, was nice, too. 

Eventually after making some friends from my second job, I started finding other opportunities to meet people and network. I don't know if I just wasn't looking in the right places in the previous cities I was living in but Sacramento has TONS.. and I mean TONS of groups, events, organizations that encourage young professionals and creatives to get together, network and motivate each other in their businesses. There are events on Facebook weekly to attend that can help you meet people and grow your business at the same time. 

I also joined a women's soccer team. That's always my #1 go-to. Soccer. Never fails to find friendships through the sport I love. There's always recreational sports teams everywhere you go! 

Instagram. We all love it. We all hate it. But one thing I can thank it for is the friendships I have made through this app. It was easy for me to find people on Instagram who had the same interests as me and lived in Sacramento. Luckily we all hit off and now they're never getting rid of me. 

Bumble BFF  is what really kick started things for me in Sacramento. It's an amazing app to find friends in your area. Again, lucky for me,  there were ladies in Sacramento who used the Bumble BFF app who created Facebook groups where they are constantly planning events and gatherings, whether it be brunch, a hike, a coffee shop date. There is literally something going on every week for everyone and its so amazing! 

Sacramento could not have been a better place for me to live during this time. I have grown so much as an individual and creative and feel like a completely different person. 

If you find yourself prepping for a big move to a place you've never been.. come talk to me, it might be terrifying, but it's 100% doable. 

Moving to a new place doesn't have to be a scary mess of unknowns.. it's more like a blank slate for you to create new opportunities and open doors for yourself.