My husband and I bought our home in the summer of 2013. We had moved from a condo in the city where not knowing your neighbor was the norm, and phones were used to avoid the awkward elevator chat.
We were parents to a one year old and I was a stay at home mom. I began to take daily walks in the hopes of meeting my neighbors and creating a community.
I had envisioned neighbors outside in their yards, kids running around, and a friendly wave and hello as we walked by.
But...none of that happened. It was like a ghost town day and night.
Did we buy the right home?
Did we move to the wrong neighborhood?
Where is everyone?
I began to get very lonely, sad, and a little depressed.
I started to resent my home - my neighborhood - and my situation.
It's amazing what a lack of community and loneliness can do to someone.
I had all but given up hope when one day it happened: A family moved in. Soon after, a few more families moved into the neighborhood. Suddenly, my walks with were met with a smile and a wave and eventually a friendly chat.
Today my neighborhood is what I always dreamed it would be: A Connected Community of Friends who also Happen to be Neighbors.
If your feeling a loss of connection and community - Put down your phone and take a chance.
Smile at someone
Wave at someone
Have a conversation face to face
Be the connection that someone is needing in their life
"When one person connects to another a community grows."
- Karen Tran
Karen Tran Seattle Life Coach
Karen Tran is a Seattle girl. Born and raised in the state where Starbucks began. She is a Certified Life Coach who loves to cook, drink black coffee, enjoy wine with friends, and eat great food. When she is not coaching you can find her spending time with her family-friends and walking her dog Penny. Karen has always felt a pull to help others live their happiest life. She sees in others what they may have trouble seeing in themselves.