I’m totally gonna sandbag this post because we are spending the weekend with our oldest and dearest friends.
We don’t get to spend much time physically together because of distance, but when we do it is as if no time has passed.
I can smell breakfast cooking and the kids are playing in the backyard (Mom, they have a trampoline!), so I’m outie. Here are just a few examples of recent designs from the Keep Calm-o-Matic creative community.
But when I moved up to Berkeley in 2011 with virtually no friends, I was not only barely fighting off a serious case of depression, I had no idea how to form a new community that was anything as wonderful as the one I left behind in college. This feels awkward at first, but some of my closest friends I’ve met just from putting myself out there. One of my favorite tricks to meet new people is to utilize the larger social group of someone who is already my friend. I like your thinking about accepting that they won’t all come off either, which is a-ok. While online friends can never completely substitute a gal pal to grab a coffee or catch a movie with, there’s no doubt that they are truly WONDERFUL.
Haha, it sounds like you probably went to a college that was close to your hometown, right? I just moved to a new city where i know only a handful of people, so this as been such a challenge for me! I find it a lot easier to be 100% genuinely me online so when I meet them, I’m already myself. People always seem to want to meet me too early in the morning, that automatically lowers their chances since I’m not really human until at least 11am… haha!
I had a friend at Uni that I used to grab coffee with and that was nice every few weeks, but other than that, I’ve never really had those kinds of friends.
Man, I had to start from scratch when I moved to California to find friends and now that I’m starting to make some, I have to start all over again in a month when we go to AZ!
I wish I knew as a kid that it’ll never be as easy as it was back then as it is now, to make friends. The Internet is such a wonderful place – it can definitely help you find meet ups that mesh with your interests to find like minded people to hang out with. If you’re not sure about just striking up conversation with coffee shop employees, classes are such a fun option. The internet has been really helpful for me for meeting people and becoming friends with people, like you!
Concentrating too much on school work all the time made my social life and overall health suffer.
Be daring and try something new, something you either have no experience in or never thought you’d be good at.
If so, try to plan a get-together some time in the next year (or less if you are close enough). I hope you have a wonderful weekend and join me back here to finish off this series on mom loneliness. Even if you’ve already packed a brown bag full of your favorite left overs, it’s a good idea to accept these invitations regardless. Click through to see more designs, create your own, share designs and purchase customised products. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to move into an apartment that had a whole crew of wonderful people to help soften the blow, but I still needed more than my roommates to spend time with. At school or uni you’re flung into social interactions and generally come out having found a friend. Most of my current friends I met as an adult (or college student) as well, and I’m often surprised by how little I now have in common with childhood friends. But I agree having a dog is a good help – I find that, in that regard, trying to to go the same places around the same times help.


Since people often have dog park rituals where they always go at the same day and time, it’s easy enough to bump into them again. It’s amazing what a bit of effort does, but it can be so hard to put yourself out there for those of us who are slightly more introverted. With blogging, I feel like I’ve already sought out those people with similar interests. I’ve always preferred fostering friendships in the digital space too, where we can connect via the written word on our own time, rather than the awkward situation of getting coffee in person.
Never been brave enough to drum up a conversation with a random in a coffee shop or something. Don’t be afraid to make friends with people from different backgrounds, cultures and world views. We hung out together during school, helped each other study, took off-campus trips to concerts, got summer jobs at the same place and graduated together. Sure, your class rooms and dorm rooms are the places you spend the most time, but don’t forget to be open to finding friends on your sports team, at your cafeteria work-study, in the laundry room, while helping out in the administration office or tutoring underclassmen, in the science lab, jogging around campus in the morning with other people, at your yoga class or study group … and of course, at parties. I decided I needed to join some campus clubs where I had the chance and the time to do something other than worry about studying and grades. Off-campus activities are a good place to meet new friends: away sports games, volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, clubs or hobbies that meet off-campus, internship, social events and gatherings, meet your friends’ other friends. Filled with tips and advice for school and life, the hottest online & technology trends on campus, contests, special promotions and more! I wrote about friends with different functions, and sometimes our loneliness comes from not having any friends nearby. You’ve landed a new job! (Maybe you even used a Loft Resume, which got your foot in the door?) There are many joys that come with a new job especially if you’ve experienced a time of unemployment. My classes were filled with seemingly endless amounts of students my age, and parties always included people outside of my usual friend circle who were passionate about literature, philosophy, art, and other things that I liked to talk about. Even though it was against my nature, I began to put myself out there and made a real effort to meet new people to fill in those empty Tuesday nights.
Especially if you live in a more urban place, the amount of classes and events out there is incredible.
Instead of the loud bar scene, head to a place that you’re confident will have like-minded people. You have to learn to just shrug your shoulders, cut your losses, and move on to finding someone else that you do connect with.
If your natural inclination is towards being introverted, it’s hard to will yourself to get out and do it but I think those friendships formed in adulthood and based on common interest rather than being in the same place at the same time, can be even lovelier and long lasting. That means we might be becoming more picky, but at least the friendships are better than ever. I’m still closest to people I went to college with, but making friends as an adult is difficult.
I mostly stay indoors, and only get the chance to go out when my husband comes home from work.
That being said, I can certainly understand being in a position where you simply don’t have time for new friends. One of my favorite tactics is, if our dogs hit it off and I really like them, suggest we exchange phone numbers so we can plan to go to the dog park again at the same time.
Fortunately I haven’t had to really put my skills to the test, having only moved a couple of hours away from home. At the same time, I love the idea of meeting the friends that I’ve met online in person.
That being said, there’s something just so lovely about close friends who you can make dinner with or just quietly watch a movie together, you know?
Ru and I were at a food truck event near our house last Sunday, and we had a little boy following us around this whole time, chattering to me about dogs.
Not only is it a great way to meet new people, there are such a crazy amount of interesting classes and events!


Later on, I went to their weddings, and today we still call each other and get together for coffee when we’re in each other’s cities. This book holds many nuggets of wisdom and advice, but here are some of the best tips summarized for your convenience: Become genuinely interested in other people.
Even now, four years later, friends seem to move away so often that I’m always looking for new people that I have a genuine connection with.
Ru and I have taken over five dog training classes together, which is always a fun social event. My go-to spot is the dog park, where I kid you not, I’ve met more of my good friends in the last few years than anywhere else. I’m making online friends through writer and blogger networks, but it takes a lot more effort now. Meeting new people still scares me, but I know I eventually need to overcome this irrational fear. I just take Rosie to the dog park, she makes a friend, so I go talk to the owner and become friends with them! I tend to separate my work and home life too, so I find it difficult to make strong friendships with work colleges.
If you don’t have a dog, bars with social activities are a great place to start like pool table or dart bards.
I was so lucky when I moved from England to Hong Kong, the company I worked for was full of like minded girls all around my age, and I broke my own rules and was able to form a tight knit circle of some of the very best friends I’ve ever had. If someone random invites you to hang out, go,” said Annie O’Brien, a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, in the article “The Real Guide To Making Friends In College” by Bizzy Emerson, Glenbard West and Veronica Hannsberry King, posted on Huffington Post May 28, 2014. Although there’s much that could be discussed in regards to starting a new position, one topic that shouldn’t be over looked is making friends in your new work place. More specifically, be prepared to answer every inquiry with a smile and a question in return. There’s no worse way to start a job with a new company than to learn why the current employees are not happy with said company. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
It was really fun connecting with people who had similar spiritual interests to me, and tarot card reading is an innately social activity so there was plenty of conversation with the other students.
Or, use that internet-thingy I mentioned above in tip two to find out about local sports leagues like ultimate frisbee or kickball. Perhaps making friends comes naturally to you and you’re used to being the most liked person in the office. Even if someone brings up a sensitive subject, keep the conversation light and remember that everyone’s favorite subject is really him or herself. Even so, it’s never a bad idea to be reminded of a couple of good habits and best practices for your first day in a new environment.
Use lunches and break times to learn the names and interests of your fellow coworkers and develop a sincere interest in other people. This will help you avoid an awkward situation and will easily help you win some new office buddies.
Remember, when it comes to making new friends, it’s important to be a better listener than talker. If you don’t like befriending workmates in this way, then we suggest having a graceful answer or alternative. Linked In or Google Plus accounts can come in handy for these types of situations and are also great ways of networking.



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