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? (Prompt author: Cali Harris)
I couldn’t pick just one. I chose Sundayed as my favorite online community of the year. Indy Film Fest deserves a mention as it fills my need for volunteerism. And Pick Two earns a spot here because my fellow knitters have become such lovely friends. Each of these communities provides a different type of belonging, all push me creatively.
Sometimes I am still amazed that I ended up among the group of really sharp writers and thought leaders contributing to Sundayed. And while I questioned if I belonged in the mix, I’m so grateful for the experience and to Jason Moriber for inviting me to be a part of it.
Sundayed created an outlet for a more thoughtful introspection I didn’t know I needed. I’ve always been more guarded and it stretched my openness to a new level. A few years ago, despite the burgeoning presence of social media in my life, I couldn’t have imagined sharing some of the stories I posted there.
The Indy Film Fest
The volunteers I work with at the Film Fest amaze me with their endless creativity and shared dedication to bringing beautiful, challenging films to Indianapolis. Doesn’t hurt that even admidst hard work or serious meetings, we always discover some fun to be had.
I wasn’t even sure if I’d stick with knitting when I took it up as a hobby in 2009. The group I knit with, Pick Two, has grown into something sacred. Part craft, part therapy, the group is chock full of wit and personality.
In 2011, I hope to be a part of a dynamic work community. Wish me luck?
Image credit: dougww via Flickr
This post is a part of #reverb10 by Gwen Bell. Gwen and her team enlisted a group of authors to write prompts for each day in December. Participants can blog, tweet or post photos in reaction to the prompts to reflect on the past year.