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3 Undervalued Ways to Ease into a New Neighborhood

If you’re about to move to a new home, or have recently moved, you may be feeling some anxiety. Leaving behind the familiar for t he unknown would intimidate most people.

While you may be moving to be closer to a new job, adjusting to the demands of your new workplace are likely the least of your wo rries. New friendships for you and your family may concern you much more.

Moving to a new neighborhood can be intimidating, but remember that there is reason to be optimistic too. You never know what g reat people could be waiting just around the corner.

Consider these 3 ways to get to know your new neighbors.

1. Stage an Activity Focused on the Neighborhood’s Kids

Children tend to be a soft spot for their parents. Maybe your greatest concern about moving is whether your kids will be able to find new friends. But other parents are probably worrying about their children finding friends too.

So why not help everyone out? Stage a creative activity to help neighborhood kids get to know each other. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pirate theme party
  • Bingo tournament with white elephant gifts
  • A “Just Dance” (video game) contest

When your kids make friends in the neighborhood, you may find their parents are much easier to meet and be friends with too.

2. Enjoy Outdoor Interests and Activities

Friendships often grow from familiarity. We like feeling comfortable, and we feel comfortable with what we know. The more we know someone else, the more opportunity your friendship has to grow.

So how do you become familiar with your neighbors?

Try sharing your outdoor interests. Doing what you enjoy gives others a chance to get to know you. Plus, if you’re having a good ti me, you’ll be more approachable.

Consider the following simple activities:

  • An evening stroll about the neighborhood
  • Exercising locally, whether running, cycling, or playing Frisbee at a nearby park
  • Playing with your kids in your yard

Sharing a genuine interest is a great way to make a friend.

3. Watch for Other Mutual Interests

If you feel shy, know you’re not alone.  Your indoor hobbies-while less obvious than outdoor ones-can help you befriend neig hbors. Many of them may be shy as well.

A survey done by Meyers-Briggs showed that the ratio of introverts to extroverts is about 1:1. In other words, for everyone strolling around the block, there is someone else inside reading a book.

Over time, your neighbors can come to appreciate who you are. If you would like to speed things up, consider making a special effor t to get to know neighbors soon after arriving. The following ideas can help the introverts out there:

  • Pay attention: Someone else may share an interest you have in watching sports or even playing Gin Rum my.
  • Join a local club: What better way to find a friend who shares your interest? Maybe the neighborhood ha s a book club.
  • Visit a senior citizen who lives nearby: A visit to someone who may not be able to visit others can mean a lot. And connecting to one person can make you feel much more at home.
  • Invite a neighbor over: When you’ve made an acquaintance, invite them over to a casual activity, even if it’s just watching a ball game.

Don’t Forget to Be Optimistic

There are plenty of ways to meet people without knocking down their door to introduce yourself-although that would probably wor k too. Friendships will form as you remain open to them and make sensitive efforts.

Be optimistic about your new home and neighborhood. As good neighbors get to know you, they will value your goodwill and desir e to be part of the neighborhood.

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“What Are Men to Rocks and Mountains?”: Explore the Rocky Mountain Region

Have you ever heard the phrase “fly over state”? It’s something that people say when they don’t know what they are missing, and some people apply this term to the Intermountain West. You may not know it, but the West has its own regionalisms and offers different types of activities for its residents to enjoy.

Because of these regional differences, when people from outside the West move here for the first time, it can be a bit disconcerting for them. However, new residents can find their footing once they explore the area. This blog will discuss some of the most popular places you can visit in your new Rocky Mountain home. Take the time to explore some of the areas closest so you can get comfortable in-and start to love-your new community.

Indulge in the Local Cuisine

Whenever someone talks about delving into another culture, the topic of food inevitably arises. A region’s culture means many things such as language, art, attitudes, and values. But one of the most common and apparent manifestations of a region’s culture is its food.

You can find nearly any type of food you crave here. From curry and paella to yassa and tamales, global cuisines find their home in local eateries throughout the area.

However, when you first arrive, try some of the unfamiliar foods that you find. Some are more exotic than others, but you may find that you like them once you give them a chance.

Fry Sauce

Utah’s famous fry sauce may sound a little odd at first blush. Sometimes called burger sauce, this condiment is a regional favorite. In 1948, the restaurant chain Arctic Circle blended one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise together and started a cult following.

Meat, Meat, and More Meat

You’ll have plenty of veggie options here, but the Rocky Mountain food culture centers around meat. And not just any meat. While you may encounter delicious steaks throughout the country, have you ever tried deer (venison) or a pheasant? What about an elk or bear steak? Here, you can take advantage of the big game meats you would rarely see in other areas of the country.

Food with a Modern Flair

If fry sauce and big game don’t fill you with anticipation, you may need something with a big more flair. You can explore the Rockies’ modern cuisine when you visit The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. Food and Wine magazine started the Classic over 30 years ago. Chefs and foodies alike flock to this event to eat delicious food, learn new cooking techniques, and watch demonstrations.

Get Some Fresh Air

When you first move to your new home, you have to unpack your belongings, familiarize yourself with the commute to work, and complete other important tasks. However, give yourself a break when you finish so you can enjoy the area more fully.

Set your personal land-speed record when you drive your case on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Or ski down any one of the region’s hundreds of slopes. Enjoy the sophistication of Vail’s ski lodge or cozy up by a fire near Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range.

If you hike, ski, swim, sail, or enjoy any other form of recreation, the Rocky Mountain region has a place for you. Speak with your local parks and recreation department or research online for information about options near you.

Festivals and Events

Cities, charities, religious groups, and other organizations plan festivals and events you can attend. Here, you can get a taste of local restaurant styles and get involved in the community.

  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: If you want literary culture and beautiful scenery, look no further than this festival. Here, thespians put on the Bard’s plays with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Gather around the stage to enjoy the fresh air and a classic story.
  • Sundance Film Festival: Get a head start on the movies everyone has to wait another year to see. Celebrities, filmmakers, and cinephiles travel to Sundance and Park City every year to see the films and the winter fashion statements.
  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit: Feel the excitement as you watch ranch cowboys hold on for dear life on a bucking horse, riders fly past as they spur their horses on during timed events, and racers move with precision as they circle the barrels.  
  • Viva Las Vegas: Looking for something more daring? Travel to Vegas for music, shows, fashion, gambling, and competitions. This event comprises three days you’ll never forget.  

Historical Landmarks

The Rocky Mountain region has a varied history that spans centuries. Speak with your local tourism board to find a landmark close to you. Just some you might encounter include:

  • The Hoover Dam
  • Pompey’s Pillar
  • City of Rocks
  • LDS (Mormon)Temple Square
  • Brent’s Old Fort

With a little research, you can learn more about your new home’s local history. Once you do, explore it. Whether you start with the food, go for a hike, and then make your way over to a historical site, you’ll find yourself becoming more invested in the region.

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How to Move Safely in the Winter

Getting ready to move to the Rockies? Congratulations! The area is beautiful, and the job market is promising. But moving out there in the winter can be a little challenging, especially if you’re not accustomed to snow.

Here’s how to handle your upcoming move.

Talk With Your Movers

If you hired movers based in the Rockies, they will know how to handle winter moves. But you should still ask a few questions to make sure everyone’s prepared for all kinds of winter weather:

  • How many days have they planned for your move? If a storm hits while the movers are driving, they may need an extra day to complete the move. If they’re overbooked, they may have to drop your things off in a storage space for you to deal with later. Look up how long it usually takes to move to your new home, and then ask your movers to schedule another day or so on top of that.
  • What are your insurance options? Even the most experienced drivers can get in accidents when the roads are covered with ice. So ask your moving company about the insurance they offer. Usually, you can get a policy that pays you by the weight of the items. If you have home insurance or renter’s insurance, call your insurance provider and see how they cover moves.
  • What safety precautions do you take? You may feel nosy asking this question, but you’re trusting all your possessions to this company! Ask about chains, snow tires, driver qualifications, and vehicle inspections. You can never be too sure that your belongings are safe.

If You’re Driving . . .

Now that you’ve prepared the movers, it’s time to make sure you get to your new home safely. If you plan to brave the winter and drive, get your care ready for the trip. Here’s how:

  • Get your car tuned up. Your mechanic should look over your car before you drive through Rocky Mountain winter. Pay special attention to your fluids and tire tread.
  • Check the weather. The week of your move, check the weather in each major city you’ll pass through on the move. If you notice a nasty storm, you can either find a different route or drive out early enough to beat it. In that case, appoint a close friend to oversee the packing and loading while you drive.
  • Stock your car. Storms can hit quickly in the Rockies. You need to be prepared to get stuck in your car. Pack emergency blankets, a toolkit, and an emergency kit. Also, make sure to pick up snow chains that fit your car’s tires.
  • Drive safe. Promise yourself to stay safe as you set out to your new home. If you ever feel uncomfortable about the weather you’re driving in, take the next exit and find a motel. Call your movers and ask if they can accommodate the delay. You may need to rent a storage area and live out of a hotel until the movers have time to complete your move, but any inconvenience is better than a devastating car accident.

If You’re Flying . . .

There’s no shame in avoiding a long car trip during the winter. You’ll just need to find a service to transport your car for you. You could hire an open-air car carrier or a professional driver to get your car across the country. Once again, check their company insurance as well as your car insurance to see what’s covered.

The only downside to flying is how expensive it can be. To save money on plane tickets, make sure your move doesn’t overlap with
any holiday weeks.

Now you’re ready to move to your new home. Call your movers today, and enjoy your new hometown!

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