6 Ways to Meet People in a New Place

Moving to a new place can be challenging, to say the least.  Maggie and I (Meredith) have both experienced the struggle of transplanting our families to a new state and know firsthand the struggles of finding oneself in a new place.

From learning to navigate a new city to boxes, boxes, boxes, and more boxes, the struggle of moving is very real. But the worst challenge of all?

How to find your people?
Where to go to seek community and like-minded individuals who just get you?

Look no further! Here’s our comprehensive list of how to find like-minded community IRL.

6 Ways to Meet People in a New Place | Sesh Coworking


Start with social media

Facebook Groups are an obvious place to start. Begin by searching your interests in the form of keywords along with city or area in which you live. Start specific and move to broader keywords as needed.

On Instagram, search hashtags that include your city name and connect with accounts that use those hashtags either through a DM or simply by commenting on a photo. The Instagram platform is not as great as Facebook for fostering face-to-face community, but through some strategic search efforts, it can definitely be done. Be sure to keep your searches broad in order to view the most options.

LinkedIn is a fantastic resource for finding professional communities and organizations. Simply introduce yourself to fellow members of your industry through DM and ask about organizations to join.

Meetup.com is one of the most comprehensive lists of organizations and meetups in the nation. In Meetup, anyone can start a group, so the groups range from as broad as the Moms Club of Houston-West to hyper-specific groups like the Tibetan Feng Shui group.

Not seeing a group that suits your interests? Start one and let the community come to you! (After all, this is exactly how I began Sesh Coworking over two years ago). The great aspect of these groups is you can introduce yourself and start a rapport with the people of the community prior to meeting in person.


Volunteer

Volunteering at a local nonprofit is not only a great way to give back to the city where you live, but is also a fantastic way to meet new friends!


Get to know the parents at your child’s school

Offer to help in the classroom, host play dates for your child’s classmates and parents and attend school functions. The school itself is its own micro-community but will also give you an avenue to discover other active communities in the area through the other classroom parents.


Join a church congregation

Shared spiritual practice and belief is one of the deepest ties a person can have with their community. Finding a congregation that feels right for your spiritual practice is a fantastic way to connect with a community.


Join a coworking space

Of course, Maggie and I wholeheartedly believe in the power of community through coworking but look out — not every coworking space is the same. Look for a space that offers a robust programming calendar and don’t be too shy to visit a bit to get to know the environment. Many coworking spaces boast about community but fall far short of creating one that is authentic and organic..

Meet the community manager in the coworking space and ask about their involvement in the community. Is the community manager someone you might connect with? Do they get you excited to be a part of the space? If the answer is yes, then the space and community are likely to be a good fit for you.

Here at Sesh Coworking, a genuine and authentic community is our number one priority. We began as a community-centric organization and that is how we’ll remain.  Learning the needs of the women in the group, providing support, offering a listening ear, and remaining authentic ourselves are all strategies we use to keep our community strong, supportive, and reliable.


When all else fails...

Google! Your perfect community is 100% in that list of 9,000 results. A little patience and time and you will find it.


If you would like to find community through a coworking space and you’re in the Houston area, we’d love for you to join us! WIth our Community Membership, you’ll get some amazing perks. Unlimited coworking sessions, event discounts, a supportive community, and so much more. Are you in? Join us!

8 Life-Changing Benefits of Coworking

8 Life-Changing Benefits of Coworking | GirlSesh.com

If there’s one thing we believe in through and through, it’s the life-changing benefits of coworking. Ever since we were first introduced to the concept more than five years ago, we’ve been on a path to create more opportunities for women to incorporate coworking into their daily lives.

Sesh began with a dream of a place where working women could thrive in their professional lives as well as their personal lives. A safe and supportive community where women could learn, grow, share resources, and ask questions. We believe that women not only need a place like this, but deserve it too.

Coworking allows space for all of that to happen. Here are eight reasons ways coworking can make your life and work infinitely better:


1. Higher Productivity 👊

When you are surrounded by amazing women who you can visibly see kicking ass and taking names, it’s difficult not to be inspired to do the same yourself. Your dog is a wonderful companion, but he can’t remind you to get back on task when your brain drifts off into space.

Working close to coworkers gives you the visual cue you need to stay on task.  Studies support this idea too. As noted in the Harvard Business Review, “most members (84%) reported that working in a coworking space improved their work engagement and motivation.” Win!


2. Loneliness, be gone! 💛

One of the biggest complaints we hear from women who work remotely is the overwhelming feeling of loneliness. You may go through an entire day conversing digitally with clients and coworkers, but only speaking aloud to the kid working the register at the grocery store or your toddler.

Coworking doesn’t mean you chat all day and ignore your work, but it does provide infinitely more opportunities to connect with real human beings. For extroverts, that could mean chatting with the women around you in between projects or tasks. For introverts, sometimes just being in the presence of others (no small talk required) is enough to banish those feelings of loneliness.


3. Collaborations all day, erryday 🤝

When you begin to meet other like-minded women, the opportunity for collaboration skyrockets. It’s pretty hard to collaborate if you’re working at home alone, right? Collaborations with other business owners can mean exposure to a new client base, a chance to learn from another perspective, and even the possibility of saving money. We totally believe the popular adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, and coworking creates space for that tide.


4. New friends! 👯

Who doesn’t love making a new friend? It taps into the 7-year-old that’s inside all of us. We all know how hard it can be to make friends as an adult — you might not even remember the last time you made a new friend. When you join a coworking community, you won’t leave without at least a few new friendships. There’s just something about knowing you’re entering a place with like-minded women that opens your mind and heart to meeting someone new.


5. You feel part of a community while still retaining your authenticity

Be you while still being a part of something greater. As an individual, you are fantastic, and there is space within a coworking community for you and your unique brand or business. Maintain all of that while still participating in the camaraderie of the community. Everyone has something special to bring to the table — even those who are working in the same niche or field. There is room for everyone and their unique skills at the table.


6. You can separate your home from your work 🏡

Working from home can be so distracting! Between the chores left undone, the needs of the family and pets who could truly care less that you need to finish that report, it can be difficult to find balance.

Just working in a space other than your living room, bedroom (because, let’s be honest… #workfromhomeperks), or home office can put you in a completely different headspace — a completely productive headspace. When your brain knows you’re sitting on your couch, it immediately puts you into, well, sitting-on-your-couch mode, which doesn’t usually translate to productivity. Spending a couple of hours or a full day in a coworking environment can help you get ahead of your to-do list and well on your way to making big moves in your biz.

For women, the goal of a balanced life is even harder to attain. Studies show that working women still carry the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities despite also taking on greater professional roles. Finding that line of separation is much easier when you have a separate area to work (and bonus points for a great community too).


7. An amazing network of girl bosses 💃

Wondering where to find the best pediatric dentist? How about the best happy hour specials around town? When you are surrounded by a strong network of like-minded women, you’ll know the hottest spots around town as well as the best services and resources.

Not only will you get great recs in your area (a huge perk if you’ve recently moved to town!), you’ll also be able to connect with other women on a business level. Maybe you’re a graphic designer who is looking to hire a bookkeeper. Good news! The woman working down the table from you has an amazing bookkeeper and you’re able to get her contact info to see if she’ll be a good fit.


8. Emotional support from women like you 🤗

Imposter syndrome, feelings of failure, wondering if we’ve made a poor decision — we all have these feelings. Working through them alone often leaves you locked in a loop of negative self-talk and self-deprecating behavior. We’re women, and sometimes we just need to talk it out with each other to find clarity. And since we’ve all felt the same way at times, you know that you’ll be met with warmth, empathy, love, and support.


Coworking is an incredible resource in the back pocket of today’s working woman. If you live in even a moderately-sized city, chances are good that you have a coworking space near you! If you don’t, why not try starting a coworking time with some friends or acquaintances at a coffee shop or your local public library?

If you’re in the Houston area, we’d love for you to join us!

WIth our Community Membership, you’ll get some amazing perks. Unlimited coworking sessions, event discounts, a supportive community, and so much more. Are you in? Join us!