4 Ways to Discover Joy in Your City

Sometimes, finding joy in your city can be difficult.

This time one year ago, I would have laughed in your face if you’d told me I would stay in Dallas after college graduation. Since I’m from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it was the last place I wanted to embark on a new adventure.

Now, fast forward one year, I'm living in Dallas and I could not be happier! Even though I've grown up here, there is still so much for me to explore. 

If you've been having trouble enjoying your city, whether you've been there for years or are completely new to the area, here are four ways to uncover more joy

1. Meet new people/make new friends

Let’s face it. We are all creatures of habit and when we get comfortable, we don’t want change. But if you've been searching for a little more joy in your city, sometimes it's as simple as meeting new people who can give you a fresh perspective or introduce you to new experiences.

Whether it is someone completely new to the area or someone you’ve always known but never hung out with, surrounding yourself with different people will help you to see your city differently.

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2. Make it a goal to discover one new place a week

We all have our favorite spots to go for food, entertainment and the like. As much as those places are dependable and consistent, it's far too easy to get stuck doing the same old things. Novelty is a pre-cursor to inspiration!

Whether it is a local market, cool mural, hole in the wall restaurant or quiet park, a new experience can give you a burst of creative energy. I personally love working in coffee shops. Each weekend, I pick a different one to head to and knock out a chunk of my work. I get a fresh perspective and sometimes I even meet new people. 

3. Create a city "bucket list"

This relates to the above point. How many times have you passed by a restaurant and thought, "wow, I need to go here," only to forget about it by the weekend?

Making a bucket list will help you keep track so when you have free time, you have more options to choose from and will be less tempted to go to the same old places. As a bonus, you'll be a hit with all your friends because you will always have a place to suggest when people ask for recommendations! 

4. Join an organization or board

Step outside of your comfort zone and join a group, organization or board. This will help you make a positive impact on your community while creating opportunities for you to meet new people.

I was able to get involved on the board of a local non-profit where I interned as a senior in college. This was very meaningful to me. It helped me give back and allowed me to meet new people around my age. You’d be surprised by what you can discover by putting yourself out there with community affairs! 

Sometimes all it takes is a positive outlook to change the way you feel towards a place.

How do you find joy in your city? 

About Me

I'm Molly O'Connor. Colors make me happy, donuts make me smile, and running keeps me sane. When I’m not working my day job, you can usually find me curled up in a blanket working on my blog, trying out the newest restaurant in town, or browsing flights to find a cheap deal. I’m passionate about encouraging women to fuel their joy through life’s biggest adventures and littlest pleasures.


Molly O'Connor

I'm Molly O'Connor. Colors make me happy, donuts make me smile, and running keeps me sane. When I’m not working my day job, you can usually find me curled up in a blanket working on my blog, trying out the newest restaurant in town, or browsing flights to find a cheap deal. I’m passionate about encouraging women to fuel their joy through life’s biggest adventures and littlest pleasures.


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