As a successful woman entrepreneur or executive who has spent many years building a career, you've likely built a strong network of professional and personal connections. However, as we live longer, our social networks are subject to change.
As we live longer, we might lose connection with friends, colleagues, and loved ones with whom we have enjoyed special connections that sustained us during our professional lives.
- We might relocate. Our friends might move away.
- Our interests and activities might change depending on our abilities and resources.
To counteract these changes, we need to intentionally seek and cultivate new relationships to broaden our social circle and to avoid isolation.
This blog explores key points and strategies for finding new relationships in your 60s and beyond.
Connect with Multiple Generations
One of the best ways to build meaningful relationships is by connecting with people of different ages. Our generation is now leading the cause to eliminate ageism and we can be role models for busting the stereotypical barriers across multiple generations.
You can learn new things from younger people, while they can benefit from your wisdom and experience. Connecting with people who are older than ourselves can be beneficial, as they might have had similar life experiences and can offer valuable insights. Consider joining a mentorship program that serves people of different generations.
Pursue Hobbies and Interests
Pursuing your hobbies and interests can be a great way to meet new people who share your passion. Whether it's joining a book club, a cooking class, a dance studio, or a nature hiking club, you're likely to meet like-minded people who share your interests or are interested in expanding their repertoire of activities.
If you lost touch with your interests and hobbies during while building your career, think back to what you loved to do when you were around 9 years old. Pull a few ideas off the back-burner. You will fall in love and be inspired again. Consider attending conferences or workshops related to your interests and hobbies where you will make new connections, learn, and develop.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Technology has made connecting with people from around the world much easier. Consider joining online communities focused on topics that are aligned with your interests. Choose a social network and platform that aligns with your goals for connecting and sharing within an online community. Just remember to protect your privacy and practise safe online behaviour.
Attend Networking Events
Attending networking events can be an excellent way to meet new people and expand your network. Leveraging your professional network can be rewarding in many ways. Consider attending events hosted by your professional organization or industry-related conferences. You can also attend local networking events or join a networking group that is specifically focused on your past and your new interests.
Travel, Explore, and Meet New People
Traveling and exploring new places can be an excellent way to meet new people and experience new cultures. Consider joining a travel group or take your work and exploration to new places by becoming a Digital Nomad or a Professional Vagabond. You can also volunteer abroad or join a cultural exchange program to meet new people and learn about other cultures.
Final Word - Your Executive Encore
Building meaningful relationships in your 60s and beyond is essential for maintaining a healthy social life and avoiding isolation. By connecting with multiple generations, pursuing your hobbies and interests, using technology to your advantage, attending networking events, and traveling and exploring new places, you can expand your social circle and build rewarding relationships.
Embrace new experiences, be open to new ideas, and be intentional about building your social network – your happiness and wellbeing depend on it!
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