Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (By Cali Harris)
I feel like I have scratched the surface in several different communities this year — book clubs, lifegroup, sorority alumnae association/advisory board, etc. (OMG, how tired are you of hearing me talking about these activities?! I bet not as tired as I am of mentioning them!) I have really enjoyed getting involved in each of them, but I don’t feel like I have developed a true sense of community or camaraderie in any of them.
Book Club #1: I was invited by Mrs. BW to join last December and was very excited to do so. I really enjoy most of the women in the group a lot but I don’t really feel “in” if that makes any sense. (I realize that it probably doesn’t.)
Book Club #2: Mrs. BW and I co-founded this book club and while I feel very “in” and connected, I feel that is because almost all of our members are people I was already friends with before — i.e. Miss PoliSci, Miss H, and Mrs. K2.
Alumnae Association/Advisory Board: It has really been a blast getting back involved with Kappa Delta, but I don’t think this really qualifies for me as community because Kappa Delta was my community throughout college — it isn’t really new to me.
Lifegroup: I think joining a lifegroup has been one of the most important things I have done this year in terms of finding more “community.” I think I don’t feel as plugged-in as I could for a couple of reasons: 1) Everyone in my group attends a different church campus than I do so I don’t get to visit with them at church and 2) Our group is really big and people tend to float in and out so it is harder to get to know/connect with them.
In 2011, I would like to connect more deeply with my lifegroup/church. I think the support I have found and the new friends I have made are really great but I would just like to get to know everyone a little better and feel more tuned in, not just at our regular Monday night gatherings.
I would also like to get more involved in the online community. Blogging has been really fun and challenging and eye-opening for me this year in a variety of ways and I would like to continue to explore the big, bad blogosphere.