Continuing along the same vein of dating yourself, here is another way I have had great success with when it comes to being okay out there on my own in the world.
When my husband and I moved to Austin, TX we really did not know many people to go and do social things with. My husband was also traveling abroad for large lengths of time with his new job and that left me home alone to unpack our new home and find my way around town. It was a lonely time for me.
The one thing all of us carry in our arsenals is the ability to volunteer. Volunteering is one of the best ways to get you out of the house that I can imagine and there are always businesses and events on the prowl for fresh faces.
That’s what I decided to do in Austin, TX; I volunteered. I not only volunteered myself, I volunteered my husband too. I figured the best way to immerse ourselves in the Austin cultural scene was to share our free time with events that eventually ended up making Austin famous; SXSW and Austin City Limits.
The folks in Austin are smart about volunteers. They treat them like gold and they make sure the volunteer always knows what’s going on, has water to drink and snacks or meals to eat and can enjoy the venues of the event almost like a VIP does. Volunteers are picked months before the event and have orientations and Meet and Greets with their Team Leaders and fellow volunteers long before they show up at the event. And the swag you get as a volunteer is off the charts! There are always a lot of freebies to go around! If you live in Austin and want to volunteer, this is a great place to do that.
There are oodles of ways you can volunteer your time and you can show up alone and feel great about being present. There are many great organizations right in your own neighborhood that would love to have you today.
- Meals on Wheels – if you have a valid driver’s license, a dependable vehicle and a great attitude, this is your place.
- Your local food pantry
- Habitat for Humanity
- Any upcoming musical or theater production would gladly put you to work and you might get to enjoy the show as your reward!
- Your local library always needs volunteers that can help teach someone to read.
- Nursing homes and assisted living facilities look for volunteers to help with activities and to sit with residents as companionship.
- Adult assisted daycare units need volunteers that can help manage activities with clients.
- Beach Sweeps to pick up garbage.
I could go on and on with different opportunities! There’s also a website that will match you with local opportunities you can take advantage of. It’s called VolunteerMatch and just set up your account and then pick the activities you might enjoy.
Volunteering is a great way to spend time with others and it’s a great way to walk out your front door on your own, with a destination and an activity already in the works that you can feel good about.