Despite the cold and all the snow and rain this month, I’ve been a busy gal being social. Visits, coffee dates, lunches, dinners and drinks. My dance card has been pretty full.
It all started with a book I picked up at the library. It was about a woman who relocated to a new city and was on a mission to make friends. She set out to go on 52 ‘friend dates’ throughout the course of a year. If anyone is interested, the book is called MWF Seeks BFF and is written by Rachel Bertsche.
After reading the book, I was totally amped up to make some new friends. I even created an account on www.MeetUp.com and joined a few groups that appealed to me. While I waited for my first event, I realized that while I shouldn’t be averse to making new friends, I should work on maintaining my existing friendships and put in some effort to re-establish some that may have fallen through the cracks.
I got on facebook and e-mail and started making plans!
By the end of the month, I did quite well with my ‘friend dating’. I was able to get together with:
- 2 elementary school friends
- 3 high school friends
- 1 university friend
- 8 mommy friends (3 with our kids, 5 without)
- About 2 dozen new friends through my first MeetUp experience
Whew! I think I’ll take a couple weeks to recover and then get back into it when the weather starts to warm up.
Here’s a side-bar for anyone who thinks I was nuts to meet up with unknowns (like my sister-in-law who was convinced I was going to be ax-murdered): Meeting like-minded strangers isn’t as crazy as it sounds. I had some back and forth e-mails with the organizers before we met in person so there was a tiny bit of a relationship first. And of course it goes without saying, we met in a public place. I had such a great time that I am meeting up with the group again in a couple weeks.