These past few months have been pretty crazy for me. A job opportunity suddenly came up...but it was in Washington DC. Within a few weeks, I broke my lease and decided to take the plunge. This was move #12, and city #6.
Every time I move, my routine gets completely f-ed. I end up eating pretty unhealthy (hello, emotional eating), my fitness is all over the place, and I never sleep well. For this particular move, I lived out of a hotel for two months and then spent a week in my new apartment without furniture. Luckily, my new running route kept me sane and it’s become one of my all time favorite routes.
Outside of finding my regular route, I do a few things to make me feel settled in a new place.
One, I decorate the crap out of my apartment and make it smell lovely. I was a big believer in hygge before it became trendy. I’ve lived in three furnished places and still accomplished hygge with lots of blankets, pictures, candles, and my own sheets (KEY!).
Secondly, I call up all those friends that I haven’t been as in touch with and get back in touch with them. I also call friends of friends and siblings of friends and make new friends. The new friends that last are nearly always fitness lovers. There’s something to be said for bonding during long runs or insanely hard workout classes.
Thirdly, I get involved with organizations that I’m passionate about. Typically, it’s a mix of volunteering and running/wellness groups. I’ve found this is a great way to meet people and get involved in my community. In the past, I’ve volunteered with Students Run Philly Style, Girls on the Run, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In NYC, I started a running club at work – that grew into 500+ people (!) – and also joined the Mile High Run Club Running Group.
Even if you’re not moving, if you haven’t done the above, give it a try! It’s a great way to shake up your routine and make positive changes.
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.