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Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Life

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  April 3, 2013 09:42 AM

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P1015442.JPGWishful thinking? (Photo credit: Karyn Polewaczyk)

April showers might bring May flowers in other parts of the country, but in this neck of the woods, the lurch forward can feel like a nasty trick Mother Nature’s playing at our expense. Sure, the days are getting longer (and the rays that peek through my blinds on Sunday morning do feel awfully bright), but save for a few instances, the winter-like temperatures haven’t budged—which means that this Bostonian has felt perfectly content to stay settled in her cold weather consumption habits; namely, by way of the three B’s: burgers, bourbon, and brunch.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a burger now and then (and if you’re going to indulge, I highly recommend the one served up at the Franklin Southie, where I may or may not be a regular), and a well-crafted Manhattan can soften the edge of a stressful week. But just as those self-esteem-eroding notices plastered all over my gym have reminded me, spring—and, soon after, summer—is literally just around the corner. We’re encouraged to shape up and clean up; why not do the same with our social lives?

1. Seek uncharted territory

In an earlier post, I declared it my mission to scope out neighborhoods beyond my comfort zone; namely, Allston, Coolidge Corner and the North End. Like a good blogger, I’ve stayed true to my word—somewhat. (I simply can’t resist the allure of the Middlesex Lounge on a Saturday night, which means many of them were spent in Central Square, my habitual go-to for almost seven years. Whoops!) Spring is an excellent time to explore the areas where you’ve always meant to go, but for one reason or another, you haven’t, especially if you've been spending a lot of Q-time with your couch and cast of Mad Men. I also (seriously) recommend getting lost on purpose when you have a few extra hours to spare; it’s a fun—and practical—way to get to know a neighborhood without the need of a GPS. And don’t worry: the place where everyone knows your name won’t forget about you (or your order, ahem).

2. Pick your poison

Proverbially speaking, of course. It’s high time I ditch the old man drinks in favor of something seasonal. In fact, it’s one of my favorite parts of leaving winter behind: the changing of the cocktail menus. (Really, it should be an Olympic sport.) Anything with St. Germain gets my vote, as well as bellinis, rum punch, and seasonal Sam Adams brews. I normally wouldn’t turn my nose up at a mint julep, either, but for the sake of giving my favorite brown spirit a rest, I’ll hold for now. Then again, Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby comes out next month and I’m feeling awfully inspired by Ms. Daisy Buchanan...hmm.

3. Come one, come all

Camaraderie is a wonderful thing, but if you’re feeling restless with your crew, maybe it’s time to switch it up. I’ve got my museum friends, my literary friends, and my whip-your-hair-on-the-dance-floor friends, among others—and often, these circles don’t crossover. Consider inviting a new friend into your group; or, if you’re feeling daring, I heavily advocate the virtues of going out alone. It can be a wonderful way to meet people, as well as a boost to your self-confidence (not to mention liberating).

4. Brighten up

Blessed will be the day when I can finally put my wool peacoat to rest. I wait until we’re totally in the clear—like, in July—before I pack my winter gear away, just in case. That doesn’t mean that spring style has to take a backseat while you’re cruising in cold weather boots. Try layering a pop of color underneath a cardigan (or, if you’re a guy who regularly dons blazers—le sigh—try a brightly hued dress shirt, if you’ve got the panache to pull it off), or tossing on an airy scarf. This isn’t New York City; our dress code isn’t all black; and truthfully, a little color can go a long way in lightening your mood.

5. DJs save lives

If you’ve got a thing for Beyoncé—well, odds are, we’re probably already friends, and I can’t wait to join you at the Mrs. Carter world tour come July! What I mean is: if you’ve been blasting the same soundtracks all winter long (guilty), try changing the tempo to something unexpected. Boston is rife with places to catch live music, as well as the home to some very talented music journalists whose recommendations can help lead you in a new direction. Just like a minty hue (my decidedly favorite springtime shade) can kick seasonal affective disorder to the curb, great music can put a spring in your step. On my playlist as of late: Rhye, Azealia Banks, and various artists from the musical collective, Odd Future. Okay, fine—and Sasha Fierce.

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About this blog

Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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