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  • I need to get a life!

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    17 posts, 12 voices, 2856 views, started Jul 23, 2011

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011




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      Now that I am working from home, I am realizing how much I depended on my coworkers for a social life.  I didn’t see any of them much outside the office, but the office was 8-10 hours a day so there was a camraderie I am now suddenly missing.  Have any of you been through this?  How did you handle it?  How do I make sure I don’t let days pass without even leaving the house or talking face to face to anyone besides my husband? (LOL)  

      Help...I need a life and fast!

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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • It’s an adjustment for sure! I fell into this when I moved south and thankfully Fab40 kept me intelligent. I shopped a lot and went to the library. Plus I signed up for class’s at the Hobby Lobby (craft store).

          When I moved to Memphis I joined a gym and went daily. Now that I’m not hitting the gym I am going back to hobby Lobby. Plus I took a few cooking classes that were 1 days classes.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • That is pretty cheap! The ones I took were through Viking appliances. They haveba store with a school in the back. The classes were all women, hands on, broken into 2 groups. Once the meal was done you all sat down together family style to eat and chat. Very fun!



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          Vonniegirl wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • Tuesday:  I am not in your situation so I cannot speak from that experience. What I can speak from is the lack of social contact with friends and couples when the separation and divorce is happening. Many of my social contacts were a part of that circle of work events with my spouse and the job and those from when the kids were still at home. My advice is this, I am having to learn how to reach out to others. To do that means getting into the community. Vikki’s advice is spot on that you have to go do things and get involve. Church or volunteer work at a day care, school or hospital is something you night like. I have found that now that I am getting involved I am meeting new people and feel connected. Fab 40 is something I never considered before so I took a chance and now that I have found you all it has been a wonderful site of ideas and strength that I can draw upon from other women. You can find what fits best by getting involved.



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          Cc-u wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • My friend who works from home has joined a local women’s small business group.  There are also other networking groups around



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          Marya1961 wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • If I think back to when I worked, there was little time for conversation as we were in a medical transcription pool and everything was about production, plus by the time I came on board, the women had their clique.

          I have invested my time in work-shops, volunteering, helping neighbors, but as Annie mentioned, I spend all week alone, and have pretty much gotten used to it...plus, I have noticed most people don’t understand when someone is in pain a lot of the time, so it is hard to make friends.



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          UK Girl wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • Honey have you thought of being a mentor  or a networking group.
          Women are very bad at networking and also we all have different skill sets so by getting a group together so women can then get work or recommendations from each other plus if you do this you can get the local paper involved and get PR for your businesses ......
          I bet a local restaurant/ bar would relish having a dull Tuesday afternoon or evening busy with local women and what about organising guest speakers—plus doing this can only enhance your business



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          Cathie Beck wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • My advice is don’t just stay home because you work at home. You’ll be more productive if you socialize often, even if the exchange is brief. A women’s business group is a great idea and taking a craft or cooking class sounds like fun. I had a fun volunteer job at a local radio station before I got sick, and loved writing up the PSA’s for the DJs.  

          Now when I go out on errands, I talk to people even if it’s just sharing discussions of the weather. (Don’t forget to ask others how they are doing.)  

          Cathie



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          Frannie1964 wrote Jul 23, 2011
        • I never worked from home but when I took 2 years off, I did start to get bored and got online alot and made some chat friends. But when I needed to get out, I went for walks and I joined a gym at the time.

          But the classes that Vikki was talking about sound like fun. I was thinking about joining a jewelry making class down the street. I need some kind of hobbie or get my but back to the gym again.

          But I don’t mind the alone time during the week when I get off work. I guess I’m not that much of a social person, but I do get bored easy...lol, sounds strange.



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          40yearsyoung wrote Jul 25, 2011
        • I remember those days...now they are sooooo lonely.I really need to get a life. I am hoping I will find friends on this network even if its just online to have girltime.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Jul 26, 2011
        • Welcome to Fab40, 40YY! I’m sure you make friends for some girl time here! ;oD  

          Cathie



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          Butterflyrose wrote Jul 26, 2011
        • After 32 years of working and now being retired for 2 years, I do enjoy the quiet alone time. To have a social life. I still volunteer at my church. I crochet, garden, decorate my home, read my Bible and internet surfing.    Glad to have found Fab40 today! At the stores, I find so many people engage me in conversation. My daughters keep me occupied as they are my “shopping buddies.” I attend nearly every invite I receive from babyshowers to stage plays. Retirement can be quite exhausting! But what fun I am having.happy I make it a point to dress as if I’m going somewhere everyday. It’s important to be ready to go on the spur of the moment.



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