Moving to a new place or starting a new job can be a difficult adjustment, but having a solid support system of friends can make transitions easier, and perhaps even enjoyable. I’m no stranger to moving around; I’ve lived in small towns and big cities, for both short and long periods of time and the things I craved the most in each situation was true friendship and fun. Whether you’re going through a life-changing move or you’re just looking to expand your circle of friends, we’ve got tips and tricks to make new girl friends so you can surround yourself with cool girls at all times!
The number one thing to remember before jumping into a new friend group is to be yourself, because someone is looking for a friend just like you! There’s no need to pretend to be someone you’re not, to like things you don’t, or to put on any sort of facade. The sooner you’re comfortable being totally and completely yourself is when you’ll be able to find true friends who are confident in themselves too.
Get out and get social
Joining a fitness class is a great way to get your mind, body, and soul in check, and it can also be a meeting place for you and your future BFF. While a guy hitting on you at the gym is cringeworthy behavior, a sincere compliment from a fellow fit chick can lead to instant friends. If you’re not into fitness (and I don’t blame you) consider trying other social events, such as paint parties or volunteer groups within your community.
Put on a nice face
My favorite way to make someone smile, or even to gain a new friend, is by complimenting them. It can start with something as simple as ‘OMG your hair is amazing’ as the perfect icebreaker, and it can even warm someone up who doesn’t come off as in-your-face friendly. Trust me, I have the worst RBF (resting b*tch face) but I promise I’m way nicer than I look!
Utilize social media and apps
Social media has become a crucial part of our everyday lives. I’ve used social media to share every bit of my life in hopes of garnering an audience. I’d also be lying if I told you that I haven’t gone on a date or two based on a new connection or an old one rekindled by Instagram! Who’s to say that you can’t message the super cool blogger from your area that you’ve been following for years, or the girl who likes, comments, and supports all of your pictures? NO ONE. Reach out and extend an invitation and you might just be on your way to a new long lasting friendship.
And yes, there’s an app for that: Bumble isn’t only for swiping left or right on local potential love matches – Bumble BFF can be used for finding girlfriends too! Once you ‘switch to BFF’ within the app, you’ll be presented with girls in your area that are looking for new friends just like you. You can swipe left (no) or right (yes) and chat, arrange a meet up, or just send each other cute pictures of cats.