I've never really taken part in the whole "new year, new me" thing, just kind of loosely thought about what I've wanted to do that incoming year (ie. read x amount of books), but I'm going for it this year. I talked about wanting my second year in Boston to be all around better, and one of the many ways I can think to improve my experience and feel more grounded here is by making myself a part of a community. I'm starting the work now because it's never too early. I joined these apps and thought they might be helpful to you if you find yourself in a similar situation, or just want to shake things up:
Hey! Vina - This is basically Tinder for making girl friends. You add a picture of yourself, write out a short bio, add yourself to interest groups, answer some fun and simple questions and voila. Then you start swiping! When you get a match, you start a convo and go from there :) I have my first friend date tonight and I'm very excited!
Meetup - I'm sure you've heard of this. The idea is simple, you browse groups based on interest (language, movies, biking, volunteering, etc.) and from there you pick a smaller group that is more specific (French speakers beginners, etc.) and see what meet ups they have planned. And the final, most radical step is, YOU GO! I went to a meet up this weekend, "Love Your Life," not knowing what to expect, and though it was not my cup of tea (a lot of talk of crystal healing and sound therapy, enlightenment, that sort of thing) I got to meet some nice people and do something out of my comfort zone.
Nextdoor - This is like Facebook, but for your neighborhood. You have to give verified information to be added to your neighborhood. From there, you can post and see posts about things for sale, cat-sitting gigs, alerts on stolen packages, events, etc etc. I like it because because it gives you a chance to possibly get to meet your neighbors and also because fun stuff pops up here and there. I answered a post about a woman trying to become a Pilates instructor and needing a few people she can practice on. Hello! I've always wanted to do Pilates but can't afford a membership! Little things like that.
And of course, there's good ol' life. Just being more open to meeting people in your day to day routine.
Is there anything you've tried that helped you expand your social circle? I'd love to know!