Today was kind of a big deal. I got a recycling container from town hall (no more long, stinky trips to the county recycling facility), I went into our local arts center and museum and introduced myself (so many ideas!), and now I’m sitting at my favorite local coffee shop drinking my first ever London Fog (I may be a convert)!
Something I learned while working as a newspaper journalist is the value of connecting with the people in a community—on all sides. Whether you live in a cute, small area or are navigating your way through an amazing and huge city (I’ve done both), building a community is important—we all want to belong and have those spaces where we can enter and be known.
A few ways I’m doing this is attending monthly town meetings, going into places and intentionally meeting people, and doing my work in a public area instead of in my bedroom. Also, I’m trying to make environmentally conscious decisions while I’m out and about (a real coffee cup!). Here is to taking steps for an environmentally and community friendly lifestyle. Here is to getting involved, meeting people, and becoming known.
What techniques do you use to get to know people in your area? Do book clubs work?