Dating in Indianapolis

Posted on June 4, 2012

How do we find love?  Is it really possible to be in a real and loving relationship with someone?  Where do you go without facing rejection to have the opportunity to connect in a deeply intimate way?  Is this even possible in an online and relationally-avoidant world?

As I googled for hope, some things were more disturbing than encouraging.  Bath houses in Indianapolis, clubs in Indianapolis, girls in Indianapolis, or Indianapolis women were among the many websites men and women can go to find someone.  Chat rooms, free online dating service, and free date websites are exploding as the need for relationships is increasing.  But what if that doesn’t fit who you are?  Where do you go?

Here are four suggestions where you can seek opportunities to meet someone in deep and intimate way.

1)      Local Club/Group. 

It is important to know thyself.  Having hobbies and interests is an awesome way of connecting with new people and offering yourself in a relational and confident way.  Seek out individuals who can get you connected to aspects of yourself that you enjoy and like about you.

2)      Volunteer.

This can’t be stressed enough.  If you really want to see yourself meeting new people and connecting in a real and authentic way, volunteer.  There are many local service volunteer organizations that will match your passions, skills and talents with people in need.  Organizations like: www.volunteermatch.org ; www.volunteerguide.org ; and www.helpindyonline.com are among the many secular ways to get connected with vibrant and like-minded individuals.  Seek local events where you can allow yourself the opportunity to give back to your community!  Like:

3)      Network.

Belonging to networks that are in your professional skillset and making it a priority to commit to investing your time can be an ideal way to meet someone new.  It is important to surround yourself with networks that really speak to your level of expertise and encourage you to new ideas and thoughts.  When we stimulate our minds with new thoughts and ideas, we are more relationally receptive to new people in our lives.  Some great available networks:  www.gorainmakers.com; www.bni-indiana.com;

4)      Church.

It couldn’t be more important for your own life as to find a church community that is engaging you to serve locally or globally.  It is an awesome and awe-inspiring way of giving your life an opportunity to meet someone who believes spiritually in the same way you do.  Couldn’t be more important deep and real way to go!

It’s easy get discouraged.  But take heart!  If you choose to invest your time, resources and talents, it can take you down a new path in your life and open yourself to someone who you can find amazing common ground.  Realize the first step you take is the hardest.  Stay the course and work to get involved.  You won’t regret the results!

 

Written by: Sally Groff, MA, LMFT

Sally Groff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in Indianapolis.  She is the Clinical Director of Groff & Associates and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. To contact her call (317) 474-6448 ext. 101 or email sally@groffandassociates.com.

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