5 Ways to Make Friends in a New City with adidas

The concept of making friends is so much harder than we ever thought. This topic comes up a lot for me with locals and transplants. After college, we don’t have the same routine or proximity we used to, making developing relationships that much harder. Did you know it takes 34 hours to go from an acquaintance to a friend?

Dallas has become more of a transplant city and today, I’m sharing 5 ways you can expand your network and make new connections.

Attend Local Events and Meetups

One of the easiest ways to meet people with similar interests is by attending local events and meetups. Whether it’s a corporate networking event, a free fitness class, or happy hour, these gatherings are a way to meet some new people. Local brands and organizations host them constantly and you can find them on platforms like Eventbrite, Facebook Events, and Meetup.com,. Don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and strike up a conversation with someone at an event.

Pro Tip: I used Eventbrite to search events and subscribe to organizations that have put on great events. There’s something cool about running into someone you’ve seen before.

Join Fitness Studios, Social Clubs and Organizations

There are dedicated organizations that focus on creating events and meetups around a common interest. This can apply for professional, social, and sports interests. Consider signing up for a sports/rec league, joining something like Junior League for professional networking, or Fitness Ambassadors for wellness events. These groups not only provide opportunities to make friends but also contribute to a sense of belonging within the community.

Pro Tip: Dress Confidently

I’m a firm believer that you can feel your best in your best. Put on something that makes you feel comfortable and confident in your skin. Fashion is a way to express your personality and also a great way to strike up a conversation or connect over a shared love for style. Here I’m wearing an adidas power leotard that I’m obsessed with. Styling it with loose jeans and some dad shoes (like the adidas Retropy E5s), make this whole fit a vibe. Perfect for a coffee date or a night out at a concert.

Take Advantage of Social and Online Platforms:

So much can start simply from your phone. Join local community groups on platforms like Facebook, Geneva, Circle, Bumble BFF, or Reddit, where people share information about events or ask for recommendations. Participating is a big part in connecting online before taking it to IRL. It’s a great way to do some research on social clubs and organizations before joining too.

Pro Tip: Follow creators and organizations online to learn more about their vibe and their values. Don’t be afraid to slide in the DMs and strike a conversation with someone or compliment someone. It’s an easy way to start small connections that can grow.

Be Open to Spontaneous Interactions:

Sometimes, the most meaningful connections happen unexpectedly. Be open to spontaneous interactions in your daily life, whether it’s striking up a conversation with a neighbor, chatting with someone in a coffee shop, or joining a pickup game at a local park. Embrace the opportunity to connect with people you encounter naturally, as these unplanned interactions can lead to some of the most genuine friendships.

Pro Tip: Do it for the plot. Say yes to to happy hour or bowling or a strangers get together. Obviously, do it safely, but you never know who you’ll meet.

Making friends in a new city can be tough. Have an open mind when it comes to trying new things and overcoming social anxiety and fear. Embrace the adventure of meeting new people, and you’ll find that your new city is not just a place to live but a community to thrive in.

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