Friday, 6 January 2012

Favourite things Friday

So its the first friday of the new year and once again it's time to join in with Shay over at http://fairybreadmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/favourite-things-friday.html where you will find lots of other great favs.

This week, I'm picking a website. http://www.meetup.com/

One of my decisions towards the end of last year was to work on my social life, not dating as I can't be bothered with that, but friendships. Over the years I always found work was the best way to make friends, but for the last 7 years I've been doing short term contract work all around the country. I have met lots of wonderful people but on the whole once I leave the job its hard to keep in touch and I have hardly ever seen them afterwards.

In the meantime, my old friends from London have moved away, settled down, had kids, drifted away due to my never being home so I have become a lot less sociable.Now I'm not working I have free time, but it doesn't always fit with other peoples schedules.

So I decided it was time to meet new people and am using this website to do it. I've joined a few groups, but at the moment have only gone to a few meetups with a Knitting and Craft group. I'm really enjoying it. We meet in a coffee bar or similar venue, have a natter and do craft in public! Each time there have been different people, of all ages and nationalities. There was even a young lad yesterday who came along to learn to knit. Last night I was talking to a woman and we realised I used to work with her uncle 20 years ago! What a small world.

The groups are themed, either by age, interest, or area so whatever you are interested in I am sure you could find some other people who want to meet about it (I don't mean anything naughty but they are probably there if you look).

Its even free to be a member, though I think the people who organise the groups pay something.

I'm just dipping my toe into it and know I will only get out what I put in, but so far I'm impressed and what a great resource.

14 comments:

Sarcastic Quilter said...

What a great idea and good for you for getting involved and getting out there! We forget, all too often, that human interaction helps keep us young. :)

P. said...

Good for you! Improving my social life has been on my mind lately too. I will check out your link! I'm glad to know it's been working out for you so far!

Sheila said...

Well done you - hope you get lots out of it.

Sarah said...

that web page sounds like a great resource!

Shay said...

Being more social is one of my goals for this year as well. I tend to be a bit of a hermit.

Good on you for putting yourself out there . I find that really hard to do but it sounds like you jumped in with both feet!

Great fave!

Marg said...

That sounds like a great resource and good on you for giving it a go. It's great to meet people with similar interests and get out there. You go girl!

Cindy said...

What a great idea! It's great to see people think enough of themselves to make life better. Before you know it, you'll be so busy that you're next favourite thing will be alone time! :o)

Shocking Hocking said...

good on you - it's the best thing to do if you're feeling not so social - it's way to easy to stay at home and 'hide' behind the computer or your sewing machine - and i always find it's so much better when you meet face-to-face - opportunities abound - i've got 4 classes to teach this term because i got out and joined a group....have fun

Kate said...

Have fun with your new groups.

thea said...

That's a great FTF! Good for you. You are much more brave than I would be ..

Leanne said...

Sounds like fun!

Mindy said...

Sounds like you are off to a great start! I hope you continue to find new friends that will last a lifetime!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Good for you, I hope you continue to meet great people and have some fun.

Michelle said...

Hey cool! We have meet up groups here too, and like you, I've considered availing myself. Glad to hear of your positive experience.