I’ve noticed that during the week, I don’t realize that I’m homesick. But on the weekends, it is when I realize how much I miss Seattle and my friends. It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve been in my new city and here’s what I’ve noticed:
- My background on my work computer is a beautiful shot of the Seattle skyline which has been a great reminder of what led me to where I am today. You’d think that seeing the Seattle skyline would make me sad but for me it’s actually just a nice reminder that it is the city that formed me into the person I am today. It is the city where I met amazing people, had great experiences and became the person I am today.
- Running on the beach is hard. I played flag football with a few coworkers in a local league on Thursday and I have never run for 40 minutes straight in sand. For anyone who has run through sand and can run through sand, you are an inspiration to me. Everything in my body hurts from trying to exert all the energy I had to run through the sand.
- One thing to do for an interstate move is jumping straight into a routine. I gave myself 12 hours between landing in LA and starting my job. It was a great way to get myself used to being here and not have a lot of time to think about the fact that I just picked up my life and moved. I may have cried when I flew over Seattle for the last time as a Seattle resident and I may have cried when I walked out of LAX and saw my best friend standing there but it was probably the best way for me to start my new life here.
- Sometimes, you need to acclimate to a new city by buying something that’s fitting for the new city. I have always wanted a big hat and in Seattle big hats aren’t really something you can keep around cause it’s always raining. I bought one in LA.
- Finding your new go-to spots are key to helping get over the homesickness. It’s really nice to know where my local grocery stores are, and new favorite restaurants. So far I have only found one new favorite but I’m working on it.
- Throwing yourself at people at work (just by inserting yourself into their conversations and asking to be their friend) sometimes work. I told some people at work that they didn’t know it yet but we were going to be friends. I don’t think this method works with everyone and in every situation, but it has worked so far. Granted, it may make for some really awkward moments later on but we shall see how this goes.
Other than that, I’m still working on getting used to this new life. I can say though, Amazon Prime is amazing. I love it so much, especially since I don’t know where anything is in my life.