1. Sunday I went to my first book club meetup. Phew, I’d managed to read the book in time! Interesting discussion in a pub – 20 women and 1 man who hadn’t read the book. What does that tell ya? Well, we won’t go there…So I said a few sentences about what I thought of the book and made one more comment. Great feeling afterwards as I had conquered my fear and attended. Effectiveness: 4/5
2. Tuesday I checked out a meditation group I would like to join.
This didn’t go as planned, as I couldn’t find parking and was one minute late. They lock the doors on the dot of the starting time – so no meditation group for me. BUT – I went for a glass of wine with three other latecomers, and we had an excellent discussion of meditation and other things….Very smart women go to meditation groups it seems. Effectiveness rating: 5/5
3. Wednesday I went to my SA group. I got frustrated because almost no one was willing to talk besides myself and the facilitators. But I enjoyed going out for coffee afterwards. At least I was social. Effectiveness: 2/5
4. Friday I went to a ‘coffee meetup for introverts’. No way I would have gone except I offered to drive a friend there and he showed up expecting to go. So no chickening out. It was kind of difficult to start socializing with such a random group of people with no common topic. But I talked a little, and what the heck. It was difficult for me, but I did it. Effectiveness: 3/5
A productive week on the socializing front then. Interesting that the least effective step I took was going to a group that’s supposed to help with the problem of social anxiety. But probably, going to that group for a while has enabled me to go on to more challenging groups.