One month in a new state and I’m still a fish out of water.

San Francisco, a city I thrived in. Where my business was blossoming, where my girl gang resided, and where I knew the streets, the stores, and the restaurants. I knew the rhythm of the city like the back of my hand. I was only 2 hours from my family. So familiar to me… cozy and comfortable.

Whatever I needed to do, wherever I needed to go, whoever I needed to see, I had my systems of how to get it done.

Now I’m in a new city, Austin, and my shiz is ALL OUTTA WHACK. I’m back at square one. Before you think I’m complaining though, I’m not. I’m just honestly expressing myself to my girlfriends. You. Maybe even connecting to some of you on a situationally relatable level. And know that overall- I’m grateful to be here. It’s an adventure! But big moves aren’t easy. So let me keep it real with you. 

I’m somewhere where the only person I know really really well is my boyfriend.
I’m somewhere where I’m glued to google maps because I never know where the hell I am.
I’m somewhere where I gotta rewrite my everyday norm- where I go. What I do for fun. Find new dentists, hairstylists, banks, grocery stores. Ughhhh…

All of it.

I’m still adapting to the different weather. Adapting to new roads and freeways.

The parking situation- omg. (Parking in SF might suck but I feel like it’s AT LEAST pretty clear. In Austin, it’s way more difficult to understand the signs. Am I crazy?! Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks this).

But along with the big things, it’s little things that I also need to figure out.

The people here -AMAZING- so kind. So welcoming. So fun. But it’s different. The culture, the way of life. What matters here, what doesn’t. What common conversations revolve around. It’s just a whole new landscape. (And yet, people are people, we are all connected. I’m just sayin’!) I can’t relate to Austin life yet because I have only had but a taste. Total newb.

It’s different. And with different comes periods of discomfort with the unfamiliar, but also room for growth.

I don’t have my “spots” yet (Okay, lies- I have 2 spots. Juiceland and Tyson’s Tacos.)
I don’t have people I can call up at the drop of a hat to get together with. (Zero lies– I miss having my regular girl tribe. This is tough. I’m going to feel a sense of loneliness until this is fulfilled.)

Right now what I have is people I have met, really liked, but who knows if a true friendship will take off.

I had a moment of I f*cking miss my friends back home so much this past weekend when Dan and I went to a party. Dan knew most of the people there and there was a moment where I was sitting on the couch with a few girls I didn’t know, trying to talk to them… be social, you know. Dan was in the other room with all these guys. The girls got up and started dancing to this one song that was “their song” and I just sat there like…. um, awkward? What do I do? I wasn’t just going to stand up and start dancing with these girls I didn’t even know to what they were saying was their song. That’s weird. I wasn’t going to go into the other room and nudge myself under Dan’s arm when he’s surrounded by 10 other guys. Guy time. PLUS I’M SHY. So I told Dan I was going to call a friend and jetted out of there for 20 minutes to call Kerrie.

BTW! Don’t think Dan abandoned me. He was suuuper great about trying to make me feel comfortable and even came out to check on me.

In that moment, hearing Kerrie’s voice, it felt soooo good to talk to someone familiar; someone who could read what was going on with me the second we said “hello.”

I’m going to have to eventually make my own friends here. That’ll be hard- as I’m not someone who goes out often nor do I want acquaintances, I want true friends. You know me Violets. I don’t do surface level anything. I want good friends who I connect with on a genuine level. Until then, it’s just test drives until both parties decide if something really has clicked.

*Le Sigh*… this will just take time.

Work wise, no one knows me here. I have to prove myself all over again. To other bloggers, to PR firms, to local brands. Events scare the shit out of me all over again because it means walking into a room of not knowing anyone. An introverts worst nightmare. No buffer?! LORD ALMIGHTY just kill me now! It’s rough!! I’m having true anxiety just thinking about Austin events. Knowing I am a new kid in town. Thankfully… there are lots of new kids in town. (Over 100 people move to Austin every single day!)

In San Francisco – I was guaranteed to know people. I had the luxury of familiarity. Knew what to expect and what was expected of me. By the time I left SF, events in the Bay had become a breeze. Not so the case anymore! You can hand me that slice of humble pie now, thanks! lol.

When it comes to readership, (which, work-wise, mean more to me than anything) I have to build ALL over again.  Opportunities in Austin will be nilch if I don’t have a readership IN Austin. Establishing that trust will be its own thing. In SF, I could write whatever I wanted for the girls of the Bay Area because they knew that I knew the Bay Area. We have trust built between each other.

I feel weird writing about Austin being a newbie. Why would these girls want to hear what I have to say about their city… you know? Thank God I have universal pieces I write – but that’s hard to market when I’m trying to reach a specific audience: Austin women.

There are moments where I’m going about my day and I crave something that feels like home. I crave walking down the hustle and bustle of Market Street on a Wednesday night. The sunny cheeriness of Chestnut street on a Saturday morning. I crave my old coffee shops and couch nights with my girlfriends. PJs, wine and sheet masks.


Dan will do sheet masks with me sometimes. 😉 But it’s not the same and it’s not supposed to be. But yes, I feel I made the right decision to move here. I’ve prayed, I’ve written, I’ve self-reflected like a mo-fo. I’m supposed to be in Austin. This is right for me. And being with Dan does feel like home. He gives me a whole new spark to life. With him, I feel revived. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety so much of my life- somehow each day he gets me laughing and feeling more “in control” in a healthy way. He’s great for me. But he cannot be my entire existence in Austin, you know? I like my independence.

I can’t sugarcoat – it’s tough being in a new city where everything is unfamiliar. I have so much to explore yet there are moments I feel trapped in the unknown. Moments I feel this worry in my chest that something is going to happen to my family and I won’t be able to get there in time. Moments where I feel I’ll be forgotten in the Bay. A city I love and will always think of as home base.

This is all normal and to be expected… right? And I know, it’s only been one month. I can’t be hard on myself. I’m going to need some time to really dive in and find my groove. And I will. It’s the “in the meantime” that gets me — but perhaps it’s building my character.

BUT I WILL SAY THIS. About being here.

Right when I feel like I might start crying (and regardless of what I’ve written, it’s not all the time.) But as I’m starting to feel a little down- there are plans in the making to see a live show that night. There is a new coffee shop to go to. A new taco to try (sometimes two). Just when I start to feel lonely, there is a nice girl reaching out to me for coffee or a workout or brunch. There is a beautiful walk to go on with green hills and sunny skies. There is Dan showing up behind me with his arms wrapped around my shoulders.

And for all my San Franciscans…. there is rent I can afford. 😛

The good outweighs the tough- so I know it’s all going to work out. Change is good for the soul. For reigniting the mind and tapping into new wavelengths.

So here’s my advice for anyone else thinking about making a big move or life event:

If you have big changes ahead. Expect it to be tough, but expect that it can be equally as wonderful too if you feel you are MEANT to be there. And remember one thing- even month to month life changes a lot. Keep that in mind when things aren’t happening quickly for you. When breaks haven’t been made or people haven’t been met. It will all happen in time – so long as you open yourself up to it! But you don’t control the universe, you can only set yourself up for good things. And that’s what I’m doing, in Austin. 🙂

Will update soon. Do tell me stories of your big moves!! 

About The Author

Katey Yurko

Katey || INFP || Founder/Director of Violet Fog ||

11 Responses

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    Michelle Schneider

    My husband and I moved from Houston to an hour north of Dallas so he could go to grad school. At the time we had a 2 month old (now 11 month old baby boy)! It was seriously the hardest thing ever. I didn’t even know where the grocery store was and I was a new mom about to end my maternity leave and work from my Houston company from home – it was truly overwhelming. New moves are hard even if they are in the same state. I miss Houston, but not everyday like I did in the beginning. I miss my friends, but I get to see them almost every time I visit Houston. I will say this – overall it has gotten so much better. It took us a few months (and now it has almost been a year) but we are finally in the swing of things where our surroundings feel more normal. I have a few friends that I spend time with and I have found a grocery store I like 😊. Welcome to Texas Katey!! I promise it will grow on you each moment you are here as each moment things become comer familiar and you will fall in love with it!

    • Violet Fog
      Violet Fog

      Dang girl I so appreciate you commenting. Sometimes it’s nice just knowing other people go through similar feelings around similar situations. Makes me feel less alone and that there is hope that things will get into a rhythm after some time has passed! Thank you for the support and I’m happy to hear things are going well now in your new town! <3 Texas is AMAZING!

    • Violet Fog
      Violet Fog

      Thank you so much for these kind words Michelle!!! I am so happy you are settling in! Thank G I am starting to settle in too. You are right, it just takes time to adapt!! Thank you for your valuable input <3 -Katey

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    Kara Stone

    So proud of you girl! I moved cross country from Boston to SF and even after two years I was still uncomfortable with all the unknown and unfamiliarity. It’s going to take some time to feel like home and it might not ever but SF will always be there for you (as Boston was for me). For now, just enjoy the little things. When I used to get down in SF I tried to think how lucky I was to move to one of the most amazing cities in the world and go out and explore or take a walk. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Violet Fog
      Violet Fog

      Kara thank you so much for the constant support on VF!! Means the world to me and hearing your experience brings me peace. As you say, SF will always be here. I wish you the best girlfriend!! Always always. x

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    Dang. This spoke to me. I also moved to Austin recently (in August) and I am feeling all of these feelings. I moved from denver and I miss it. I miss the weather, the hiking and my easy-to-talk-to, wine-and-rom-com-nights friends. It really resonated with me when you wrote about how hard it is to find your girl tribe, and balance time to be independent when the only person you know is your boyfriend, that’s me. Thank you for sharing how you’re feeling and why it’s hard to try something knew even when it’s was your choice. Just reading this helped me feel less alone.

    • Violet Fog
      Violet Fog

      This comment is exactly what keeps me writing. The ability to relate to other people on a deeper level. Thank you for these kind words and also for reading The Violet Fog. I wish you tons of happiness moving forward on this new adventure- it’s tough but we got it. Go easy and thank you again <3 xx

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    Katie Ball

    So glad you’re here in Austin, Texas Katey!! From one Katie to another 😉 I’m not you’re typical blog reader, and I’ve found myself sitting here for the last 30 minutes reading like 10 of your posts! I love what you’re covering. Starting a new life in a new place is so tough. I’ve lived here 14 years and have had to reinvent myself without moving, so I can imagine what you’re going through is the ultimate challenge. Good for you girl!

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    Hey girl! I just found you on Facebook! We moved to Austin last summer from Idaho and it was so freaking hard! I left my business and family in Idaho for a few years, so I get the fish out of water thing. It’s amazing here and I love it so much now, but dang. Those first few months were rough. I realize this is an older article now, but if you need a friend in Austin, I’m your girl! Feel free to email me or something❤️ Hope you’re loving our beautiful city!


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