Building your community

We human beings are social creatures. That means, at least some of the time, we need to be around other people we can connect with. holdinghands

But not just anyone will do. You need to find your people. Often you find those people in various groups in your life.

Some can be found at work, or a place you volunteer, maybe in line at the coffee shop, or when you try something new like taking a painting class.

Having moved and settled into a new hometown, I’m building my own local community. It’s exciting and actually scarier and harder than I thought it might be. It’s almost like going on a first date all the time. How will I come across? What will I say? How much info. is too much info. to share? Will they like me? Will I like them? I’m not sure if that ever goes away. But then I realize I’m looking for my people. The one’s that like me will, the one’s that don’t won’t. And that’s okay.

In the end, my community will be the people who get my silly quirks and still love me, and I’ll get their goofy mannerisms and love them too.

There are endless possibilities to meet new people and build a community for yourself. Here are a few in my town. You may have many similar ones too.

Online you can go to meetup.com and type in your town. It will show you quite an array of different groups meeting to hike, bike, go to movies, have tea, play games, learn computer stuff, etc… I started going to coffee meetups here and found a ton of woman in my same shoes. Either they were new to town and didn’t know many people or had been here a while and many of their friends had moved.

Look in your local newspaper or magazine. Maybe you have a community college or university where you can take an inexpensive class in something you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

People want to learn, share, grow, and connect. It makes us feel good. We know we aren’t alone and have people around us to be there during the happy and the hard times.

It’s spring! Get out and commune. You’ll find your people if you look. I promise they’re out there.

And I want to thank you for being a part of my community here online. I love the comments you leave on the blog or email to me. There are some smart, deeply feeling people in this community. We can’t meet in person and have coffee but I know if we could it would be super fun. We’re all on the same team and that feels good. Thank you again.

Join the conversation on the blog by leaving a comment below, or email me, coachwithsusan@hotmail.com

I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.

As always, take from here what works for you, share this with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest… you can leave behind.

Bloom On!