To say I've felt a bit isolated since moving to Tucson would be an understatement. Mind you, we moved to Tucson in 2007, but it has taken me the better part of seven or eight years to feel like I belonged. What changed? Volunteering.
As soon as I said yes to volunteering at the kids' school. My whole world and perspective changed. The simple act of showing up, serving our school community and being open to connection opened me up and gifted me friendship and community.
Holy. Moly. Cow. Was it really that easy? In a word: yes. If I had to do it all over again, I'd throw myself into volunteering years and years ago. When I walk into Satori (the kids' school) I feel like I'm feel like I'm home, like I belong. What could be better than that?
If I could give just one piece of advice to anyone trying to find connection it would be this: find a place to volunteer. Pick a cause or and organization that speaks to your heart and then just jump in. Give some of your time and energy and you will find people to connect with and a place to call you own.
I only wish I would have done this sooner.
One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. "Say Yes" is a series featuring the things or experiences I'm saying yes to and why.