If there was a “Dating” app for finding new friends at each new Duty Station my Profile might read something like this:
Hi my name is Grace and I am seeking new friends! I moved here a few weeks ago, and now that I am settled into my house I have to get out or I will go stir crazy!
I have a sweet puppy who loves to play with all dogs! So, I am always down for trips to the dog park or taking a walk. She has never met a dog she doesn’t like.
I love Starbucks, ice cream, or lunch dates!
I am about to be a new mom, so I am looking for little baby friends for our soon to be arriving little girl!
In my free time I love to lounge in my yoga pants and watch Gilmore Girls, Friends, and just about any Romantic Comedy you could name while I browse through Pinterest!
If I sound like someone you would want to hang out with let me know!
Post like these are plastered all across different MilSpouse Facebook groups at different duty stations! Wouldn’t life be so much easier if there was a built-in way to make new friends at each new duty station? And the thing is, is we can. But it requires us leaving our couches and not hiding behind the phone. And that is vulnerable and scary. Having an App gives us a feeling of safety because we can avoid that initial social contact. It removes the fear of rejection because we won’t be rejected to our faces!
But sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zones and show up somewhere in person.
So here some tips for getting out of your comfort zone and finding some friends in person, until someone really does create that friends dating app!
If you wanna see my tips for getting out of your comfort zone and finding friends at your new duty station, check out my full post at Army Wife Network
Coming into military life I have always had built in friends from school such as classmates and roommates. But military life was a whole new ball game. I quickly realized that if I didn’t make the effort to put myself out there I wouldn’t make many friends. And as an extroverted person I need those friendships!
How do you make new friends at each new duty station?