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Time to Start Trying to Make Friends

June 9th, 2015 at 01:11 pm

So, I like to describe myself as an Introvert who is really good at pretending to be an Extrovert. In all my work roles I've been front and center, the first impression of the company (up until now since I work from home) so I have always forced myself to be an extrovert. This has caused me to immediately want to go home everyday after work and just relax by being alone.

Well... that has to change. I now work from home in a new state and I need friends. I have my boyfriend here with me, but a girl needs other girls to talk to once in awhile too! I am now going to, once again, force myself to be an extrovert to meet people.

Today is Mission Make Friends Day One. I am going to a barre fitness class on Main Street after I'm done working. I'll probably be too sweaty and exhausted to meet anyone, but we'll see. The only issue with this is that if I like the class, I'll be hurting a little in the wallet. The monthly membership is $99 - eeek!! A part of me is hoping I hate it!

Another route I am going to try and meet people is volunteering. I applied to volunteer at the local animal rescue center the other day. I did this back in Minnesota at the humane society and I really enjoyed it and met other like-minded animal activists that were really nice. Some days working at an animal shelter are really hard because it can be sad, but it's rewarding overall because you know you're helping these animals find homes.

Has anyone else ever found themselves (as an adult) in a whole new city needing to find friends?? On a budget?!

5 Responses to “Time to Start Trying to Make Friends”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yep, I have found myself in a couple new places looking for friends. I'm not that great at it, but I do my best. Volunteering works the best for me. And talking to my neighbors. Smile

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    It's happened to me! I had to move to a new state after Hurricane Katrina, at age 30, when everyone has kind of stopped accumulating friends. I decided I would do roller derby (yes, roller skating and hitting people in front of large crowds). I'm so glad I did. I met so many great friends, and now 10 years later, they are not my only friends, but they are among my best friends.

    Volunteering and other activities work wonders!

  3. Amber Says:

    Aw I'm sure you'll do fine, volunteering is a great way to make new friends. Also try Meetup.com, here you can join groups that you're interested in (e.g. Running, under 30)

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I'm going to be in the same boat soon. After I retire (in two and half weeks), I'm going to have to reach out to meet people in the town where I live -- I commute a long way, so none of my energy has gone into my own community. Once I lose my work friends, I'm going to have to find community friends!

  5. natasha.cornelius Says:

    Thanks Amber, I have never heard of meetup.com and it looks pretty promising!

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