I've met some amazing ladies through my blog in Sydney, but I've still found it really difficult to make other friends here. Don't get me wrong, I consider all of these bloggy ladies to be friends but I also understand that they are already settled here - they have their own friends and family, their own routines and are busy enough as it is, and I don't expect anymore than what they have already done for me.
Anyway, I was feeling particularly friendless the other day (yes I know, woe is me and all that) when I realised that I was going about this whole 'finding friends' business completely the wrong way and that I really needed to change my view on it. So I came to the spectacular realisation that I need to start finding people who are in the same boat as me - people who are also new in town and who are looking for friends. After all, Sydney has a population of over 4 million, there must be some people in the same boat right?
So, while perusing ye olde interwebz I found something very interesting that I now plan to attend. It's called speed friending, a bit like speed dating but for finding friends - I know, I took some convincing myself too, but decided to hell with it, it's probably worth a shot.
Once a month, a group of ladies-only get together for the sole reason of finding friends. You sit down with them one by one with all their names on a sheet of paper and after each person you meet you put a 'yes' next to their name if you might want to see them again. Then, a few days later, you get emailed the contact details of the ladies you said yes to, and who said yes back to you, and if you want to, you can get in contact with them.
Sounds a little cheesy I know, but I'll give anything a go right now. I've missed out on tickets for the September round but plan to buy my ticket for the October round (and that way I'll have a bit more time to let it sink in what I'm actually planning to do - I'm shy people!! and what on earth happens to my confidence if no one wants to see me again?).
So this is my plan and anyone female, friendless and living Sydneyside is more than welcome to join me :)
'A relationship is a connection, an association, or an involvement with someone else. This can be male or female, but for a woman, a friendship with another woman is not a luxury but a necessity.'
A line I read in an article the other day, and goodness me, how true it is! Wish me luck.