(Closed) Formerly LD: Adjusting to the Move

posted 6 years ago in Long Distance Relationships
Post # 3
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just want to say I understand.  I moved to the UK to be with my Fiance as well.  And on top of that, we do not live together for religious reasons.  Adjusting to another country is *tough*.  Period.  As such, don’t be too hard on yourself, and give yourself a lot of grace.  I’m sure his fam has been nice . . . and I don’t know where you moved from (the US?) but there’s a good chance that the UK has given you a bit of culture shock.  It is actually normal to go through a period of feeling down when you move to a new culture.  Read up on culture shock for yourself.  It takes time to adjust and feel normal again, and 9 months is really not a super-long time as far as this type of thing goes.  See how you feel after 1.5 years — I’m sure things will be soooo much better.  I totally get you because prior to coming here I was in college and grad school, constantly moving around, etc.  At the same time, I had instant circles of friends wherever I went.  Here, I have made friends in my community . . . but it is TOUGH to find work in the UK for Americans for a number of reasons . . . and not having a job can be tough on your self-esteem.  I encourage you to just keep pressing forward, keep job searching, etc.,  and things will eventually get better.  If I were you, I would look into joining a temp service . .  sometimes that can lead to a permanent position.  Be flexible about the type of work you are willing to take even if it’s not your dream career.  You can always continue to look for your dream job while you are in a non-dream job.  Just be glad the “distance” between you and your Darling Husband is finally over!  Yay!!  You have so many reasons to be happy. I’m sure that if you had to choose between the comforts of the familiar and a good job back in your home country or being with your Darling Husband, you would choose your man without hesitation.  so just remind yourself of that.  Eventually, this place will feel like home.

And about the visa thing . . . UGH!  It is so frustrating.  Does it affect your ability to get a job?  You bet it does.  I have gone through this frustration sooooo many times.  And it can be tough for people who don’t have to go through it to understand.  Currently, I am switcihing from a student status into a category that will allow me to work full time and in any capacity.  But it has been sooooo difficult to job hunt with this student visa, let me tell you.  People want to know that you have the proper visa in your hand right now before they will hire you, which is understandable, but still . . . it makes things rough.  And now . . . back to my UKBA visa paperwork  ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I am not kidding!!!)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You are certainly not alone in your situation. I’ve been living in France for about 4 years now to be with my Fiance – so I’ve also had to deal with the language barrier as well which has made it difficult to integrate in terms of finding a job and local friends. I’ve been working on my Masters degree for the last two years, so it has been nice being in an American community. Yet I finish my degree next month and most of my friends will be leaving the country, so I’m back to square one and now my French is a bit rusty. 

It really took some time to adjust. I’ve moved around the US many times and it always took at least a year or so to really fit in, but with the international move it has taken me about two years.  After the first six months of being super lonely and pulling the “I moved across the world for you” card too often, I met up with people to do a language exchange, joined a gym, took yoga classes, found some new hobbies, etc. It’s really important that while you moved to the UK for your husband, you aren’t staying just for him but you have your own life. It’s an ongoing and active process. See if there are classes in your area or something that will get you out of the house on a regular basis and give you a chance to meet new people.  

 

 

Post # 5
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630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m going to look at this thread later after I move to be with my husband, who is in the  Navy.

Post # 6
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1106 posts
Bumble bee

I feel you, girl! I am so sorry you had to move to a new COUNTRY!

Have you checked maybe a gym or dance studio? Maybe an art studio, library? If you go out around the same time each day or a certain day every week, you will probably run into someone that you will see every time and hopefully make friends with them.

I moved from being with my parents a) to transfer uni and b) happens to be the same uni as my SO goes to. He has been here for 3 years already and while I visited, it’s been hard. Granted I am able to go to clubs but I tried that and finally I found a comfortable place, but my SO is there as well (a campus club) so I still feel like I need something of my own. But, I was able to secure an internship (just volunteering, but it gives me college credit) and I have met a few people there so I’m hoping I get some friends that way. It is tough, I’m sure.

If you ever need to vent, I totally get where you’re coming from, so you can always message me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, congrats on the marriage! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Hey, everything helps! I meant more like a dance class that is where you just dance by yourself like jazz, ballet, etc. But I understand his view and I KNOW how you feel about the asking for money!

I haven’t been able to find a job besides a from home selling thing, which I don’t get too much from. :/ So my SO is always paying for things and I feel soooo guilty asking for money!!!! Even if I don’t ask for it and he just pays I’ll be like “Are you sure?!” I really hate him having to pay for stuff ESPECIALLY when we AREN’T married. Or even engaged! I mean, I am very traditional and think that the man should pay for most things but I still feel bad!

Post # 9
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182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t move to a new country but I did move 600 miles away from everything i have ever known to be here with my Fiance. I still havent really found any friends so I am dealing with the lonliness and I really miss my family but I am slowly starting to adjust to being here.

Post # 10
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I won’t be moving to another country just 2,000 miles away from everyone I knew and grew up with. I’m worried about some of the things you mention in your post. It honestly scares me because I don’t want to be clingy. His family seems to like me well enough and a few of his Repost friends apparently want me to join their circle, but I’m on the fence about that. Sigh.

 

I really do hope things get better for you hun. Have you talked to him about this? Sometimes it’s good to get it out on the table, and maybe also try and arrange a late night phone call with family or friends back home. Maybe ask if he’d be up for a week vacation back to your neck of the woods? What about picking up a new hobby? One that would allow for more interaction with others?

Post # 11
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve been in a similar situation of moving to a new country and having to sort things out.  What worked for me was picking up a new activity.  I started playing both ultimate frisbee and rugby.  Both were free, though I now pay for rugby.

If you’re interested in sports you might want to look around for pick up leagues.  They’re often free and a good way to meet friendly people.

It will get easier.  It just takes time.

 

Post # 13
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1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I feel this way sometimes. It’s been 10 months since I moved to be with my Boyfriend or Best Friend and days like this past Saturday do happen still. We invited his family over for dinner and although I was happy to see them, it made me miss my own family even more. I mean we skyped with my mom after dinner, but still it wasn’t the same and I ended up crawling up into a ball before dinner and having a good little cry by myself. As for the job situation, well I got lucky and was able to get a work visa in his country but honestly I hate my job. I’m doing the same work I went to school to get away from back home. But since it was the easiest route to live here (my old job got me a transfer), I took it.  When it expires, I’m not renewing it though. I told my Boyfriend or Best Friend that I’ll just get a visitor visa and stay home till I can get my permanent residency. And he’s ok with that as long as I take a few classes in the meantime, which works for me.

 

 

 

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