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Find Winter Warmth With Seattle Meetup Groups

Are you new to Seattle and having a hard time making friends? Or, have you lived here for a while but want to expand your friend group and try new things?

I am sure that some of you may have heard of the Seattle “Freeze.” I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather, or the lack of vitamin D, but it is a very real phenomenon for many. The Freeze makes it tough to get out and have fun in the city with others, especially if you are a new resident, because many Seattleites have solid friend groups that were created in childhood.

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In my personal experience, one way that I am getting around this Freeze is by joining Meetup groups. I highly recommend them, and am in about 20 myself. They are filled with other people who are trying to meet people in Seattle, and who are trying to get out of the house.

For native Seattleites, Meetups are a great way to meet new friends and get out of the house, and for newbies to the city, Meetups can serve as a way to participate in social activities and create a friend group.

I highly recommend browsing through the Meetup groups out there and seeing if any jive with your interests. They vary from rock climbing to professional networking groups. Look carefully at each group, as there are some that are cross-listed with similar groups during events, so you only need to sign up for one. There are also quite a few for single people in their 20’s and 30’s looking to meet other single people, and each Meetup feels like a speed dating service or mixer.

I’ve already done some research on this for you, and found three established groups that seem pertinent to Miss A readers.

The first is a group that that celebrates the fabulousness of women, Celebrez-LEsprit-Feminin. It is run by women, and the members of the group all seem like close friends. It avoids the “meat- market” feeling of some of the other large groups by remaining female-only and by having private Meetups. One of the questions they ask when you join is “What woman do you feel is the epitome of classic style and grace?” How fun!

The Meetup Seattle Volunteers has volunteer opportunities on a weekly basis. When you get e-mails from this group, you can not only see what event is going to happen, but you can spread the word and recruit even more volunteers to join you!

Lastly, and not surprisingly, there is even a group for fighting the Seattle Freeze! It’s called the Seattle Anti-Freeze, and their Meetups range from singles mixers to casual dinners.

Meetups are a great way to beat the Seattle Freeze, and get out in this dreary weather to have a great time and make new friends!

I recommend trying each Meetup that interests you at least once. Some will seem awesome and then disappoint, and others will be unexpectedly fantastic. It really depends on who shows up, so get off the couch and get your awesome selves out there!

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