Today starts the second weekend of “Make A Fresh Start,” and we are talking about ways to start anew with small tweaks to your lifestyle.
The beginning of a new calendar year is the perfect time to be intentional about a positive step we might like to take. Common new year’s resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, and getting organized. Another great idea is the one I’m suggesting today: takes steps to join a new social group.
This year, with all of the social distancing, many people are feeling disconnected. Perhaps groups to which we used to belong are no longer meeting. We may have fallen out of contact with friends, ended a romantic relationship, or felt a feeling of absence for other reasons.
In spite of the current situation, it is possible to establish new connections by joining a group. The setting may be virtual at the moment, but these activities still provide an opportunity to interact with others. In fact, some groups are experiencing a boon in attendance because showing up virtually is easier and ten times more convenient than attending events in person. Groups you may want to consider include:
- A book group
- An online fitness network
- A spiritual fellowship
- A class
- A professional networking group
- A craft or hobby group
- A support group
- An association for parents
- An alumni network
- An outdoor/nature group
- A newcomers group
- A cooking and recipe sharing network
- A blog sharing group
The options are limitless. Start by considering what area of interest you might want to share with others, and then see what opportunities exist. Now more than ever, many of us are able to connect with people around the country, even around the world.
If you can’t quite find what you are looking for, consider starting a group of your own. There is no need to be an expert on a topic, only to have an interest. Popping an invitation up on social media may yield surprising and affirming results.
Now is the time to consider options that you may have considered but never pursued.
In what kind of group might you like to participate?