The ultimate goal of Eat Play Thaw is not just to meet our neighbors. The Wikipedia definition of The Seattle Freeze says that Seattleites are plenty ‘friendly’. The problem is that people relocating here can feel ‘on the outside looking in’ and claim to struggle to make real friendships. So, our goal is to move from being cordial to having conversations to opening up our relational circles enough to provide the opportunity to make friendships.
Our goal is Getting Connected. How do we do that?
I recommend starting some kind of regular club or activity in your neighborhood that meets regularly and then get busy inviting. Dinner club? Bunko? Gardening club? They can all work. For me, my neighborhood book club has developed from a collection of people I’d barely conversed with (or even seen before!) into a source of deep friendships.
Take a look through the following blog posts and think about whether starting a neighborhood book club – or other kind of shared hobby club – could be just the ticket to turn things around in your neighborhood.
When it comes to thawing the Seattle Freeze, I can say without a doubt that nothing has created more meaningful connection for me in my neighborhood that my book club. I think the four big reasons why this is true are that a neighborhood book club offers: Proximity, Affinity, Frequency and Purpose.
Drawing from my journalism roots, my failsafe “How to Launch a Successful Book Club” plan is crafted around the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where & Why. And I’ve tossed in a How for good measure.
Book clubs are one of the best ways to connect, thaw the Seattle Freeze and bring neighbors together to form deeper friendships. Don’t believe me? Read these testimonials from my previous and current neighbors highlighting their journeys and enjoyment of participating in a book club.
Guest blogger Tara Bergman shares about the dynamic impact being a part of a book club has had on her life. A transplant from Pennsylvania, Tara moved to Seattle in 1998 with her husband and they and their two sons enjoy life in the greater Seattle area. Tara is a regular contributor to World Moms Blog. This past year Tara and her book club members celebrated their 10th year of meeting together.