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You know that friend who’s a genius with makeup? Or the one who changed your stance on vegan food? Celebrate their talents--and learn a thing or two--with a skill-and-tell club. Each month someone demonstrates her not-so-secret talent. By year’s end you could know how to master a side braid, hang a gallery wall and make to-die-for gluten-free brownies.
Not quite sure how to save for three college tuitions? Talking about finances is easier when you have a support system of like-minded pals (and a bottle of wine). Start a money club to set goals (like finally diversifying your portfolio) and get empowered by other members’ milestones (so that’s how Jill was able to remodel her kitchen last year and take a week in Tulum). The Women’s Institute for Financial Education has a cheat sheet of talking points that will make the convo fun instead of awkward.
Welcome to a year of super-cheap movie nights. Start by picking a theme, like documentaries or female-directed flicks, and then take turns playing host. Just cap your membership at six or seven people so nobody ends up having to sit on the floor.
This year you’re going to break free from your standard glass of Merlot and find a new happy-hour go-to at wine club. Begin with a theme (e.g., locally produced, Champagne, under $10) and then take turns hosting each month. Establish the next five themes at your first meeting so you can enjoy the Austrian whites before you instead of worrying about what you’ll be sipping next month. All members split the cost of wine for each event, and the host provides the cheese.
Start a charity club to spend time with your friends and do something valuable. One member chooses a different volunteer activity every month, from working at a dress drive during prom season to serving food at a soup kitchen over the holidays. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds. Check out VolunteerMatch to find charitable opportunities in your area.
It’s no secret that when it comes to getting in shape, there’s strength in numbers. Start a fitness club with your pals and finally brave that boot-camp class your coworker has been raving about. You can try something new every month, like hot yoga or ballet, or work toward a shared goal, like running a 5-K. If you all sign up for ClassPass (you get $50 off your first month for referring a friend!), you can try swanky studios at discounted rates.
Bake a cake; bring six forks. Everyone wins.
We get that a book club is a great excuse to see your friends and helps you become a more well-rounded human, but lately it feels like everyone we know has jumped on that bandwagon. With 2015 being the year of doing your own thing, why not start a new (read: way more fun) club? You’ll get the same perks (socializing and snacks), while also appearing extremely clever. Here, seven inspiring ideas.
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