Six years ago I made a new year’s resolution to meet new people. I was stuck at home and bored, so I decided it was time to go out and try something new. I wasn’t sure where to start, I looked into volunteering and social groups but nothing felt quite right until I read an article in the Norfolk Magazine about the Golden Triangle Girls WI. I hadn’t considered joining a WI because I thought I was too young but this one was run by people my own age. It was just what I was looking for.
Trying something new is always nerve wracking. I can still remember the sick feeling as I walked into a room full of strangers. I also remember that I was ready for a change, ready to meet different people and hopefully make some friends. Little did I know that I sat down at a table with someone who would become one of my best friends and we would go on to start our own WI.
It took time to get to know the other members but just showing up and seeing the same faces every month really helped. I could take things slowly and as I relaxed I talked to more people. It was great having the speaker or activity as a focal point, there was something to chat about. I soon joined the committee and the craft club. All of a sudden I had a social life with dates in my diary, events to look forward to and lovely women to share them with.
Joining the WI was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’m always happy to renew my membership as I know I get so much value from it. If you join in January it costs £39.00 and for that you get a minimum of eleven meetings and eight copies of the WI magazine, WI Life, as well as access to the resources and information on the members only website. To find out more visit the WI website.
If you’re feeling restless and want more from life you should try the WI. You’ll have an instant social life, meet incredible women and develop amazing new friendships. I certainly did.
First appeared in the EDP WI Week column, 31st December 2016
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