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 helped avoid the awkward elevator chat. We were parents of a one-year-old, and I was a stay-at-home mom, so I began to take daily walks, hoping to meet my neighbors and create a community.
I had envisioned neighbors outside in their yards, kids running around, and a friendly wave and hello as we walked by.
None of that happened.
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 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 you're feeling a loss of connection and community - Put down your phone and take a chance.
Smile at someone
Wave at someone
Take a moment for a chat
Be the connection that someone needs
"When one person connects to another, a community is created."
Karen Tran, CPCC - 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.