December 7. 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? (Author: Cali Harris)
I love how my online world spills into my offline; there doesn’t seem to be a barrier between the two anymore, as I meet people on Twitter, or in Unravelling classes, or at Squam or at a meet-up in New York or Boston or London. Friends come for lunch in Bath and then we’re chatting on Twitter later that evening. Facebook messages, Flickr comments, DMs… some days the level of connectivity is a little overwhelming, but it is always cherished. For such an introverted soul in real life, i love having this vibrant — and caring — online community around me. Observing my Twitter stream yesterday I saw that I inhabit several micro-communities — the photographers, the handmade artists, the creative biz people and the life-coachy self-awareness people — and where the four intersect is where my interests and business flourish.
And then there is the blessing that is Unravelling; with every class i run i meet more and more amazing women, the connection lasting long after the course ends, as we chat on Twitter and Facebook. I give as much of myself as I can to every class, and it’s an amazing feeling knowing there are over 1,500 women out in the world who have truly seen me — that is MY unravelling. In return, i watch the community grow over the eight weeks of the course, and the honesty, kindness and encouragement I witness makes my heart swell every time — reading Debra’s post yesterday totally made me well up.
And it’s been watching how Unravellers continue to connect long after the course has ended (check out this and this! And hello to the ladies of the Unravelling cabin at Squam :) that made me realise I want to create an Unravelling haven next year, an online space for women to gather and support each other, every single day of the year…. once my manuscript has been delivered in March it’ll be all systems go to get this new dream off the ground.
I really can’t wait.