Friday, January 20, 2012

Social Organization

Laura Breck
I realized yesterday that we have not hosted a real party or social event in years. And we have the perfect house for it. We converted one room into a bar, and over the years have accumulated lots of liquor (which I'd like to get rid of.)
So it's time to have a party. In a few weeks, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade will wind through the streets just a few blocks from us. What a perfect opportunity to gather friends and relatives for a fun evening.

Of course, this is Minnesota. Today's high temperature will be -1, with a -32 windchill. So I have to wait until a few days before the parade to determine if it's a good idea to ply people with alcohol and send them out into dangerously low temperatures.

All this is leading up to my topic. Social organization. Being a full-time writer, I tend to work twelve to sixteen hour days, even on weekends, so I don't get out much. And when you don't attend parties you're invited to three or four times, you drop off the invitation list.

So this year, I'm going to be more social. I started a Facebook page for my personal life, and I've connected with people I haven't seen in a while. I'm going to take more walks around the neighborhood (when the temperature reaches a more hospitable number) and re-establish friendships. I need to make lunch dates with friends, too. Some whom I share e-mails with but haven't seen in months.

All these ideas: the party, Facebook, reconnecting, will help me feel less isolated. And that's something that will help me with my goals for 2012, one of which is becoming a healthier me. By increasing my social exchanges, I will have more motivation and more support with something I've been struggling with for a long, long time. Wish me luck!

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Jannine Gallant said...

I'm willing to bet most writers are solitary creatures. But it's good for us to get out and socialize. A year ago I joined a local book club. Great food, interesting talk - a good move on my part to break out of solitary confinement!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Laura,
Good luck with the weather for your party. I think we all tend to hibernate when it is cold. In summer it is much easier to be socially active.



Brenda Whiteside said...

I know exactly what you mean about forcing your 'socialness'. I think I'd be holed up in my corner with book or laptop if my husband didn't get me out now and then. Have fun with your party.

Alison H. said...

Thanks for the great post - now I'm inspired, too! I am such a hermit. Between work and writing, it seems like I never see anybody. The MFW party is the only social event I've hosted in years. I'm going to resolve to do better. Want to have lunch?

Laura Breck said...

Jannine, great suggestion - a book club!

So true, Margaret. Hibernating is almost mandatory in Minnesota!

Brenda, I'll miss you at our local Phlockings.

Alison, I'd love to have lunch. And would you like to see the Winter Carnival Parade???

Vonnie Davis said...

I tend to crawl into my internal writing cave and forget to reach out to live human beings. By fits and starts, I call and email. Then forget to continue until the next time someone complains, "How come I never hear from you anymore?"