I'm Hannah: mother, wife, photographer, writer, artist, wellness enthusiast and lover of the simple and beautiful. I live in South Florida with my husband Manny, our three children (Seth, Isaac, and Eaden), and our golden doodle Lily.
This is my journal of motherhood, homeschooling, health, and living with grace & intention

Reverb 10- 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?

Ahh, the C word... lol.

Actually, this prompt is another hard one for me to answer, because community is something I have longed for over the last few years. I feel that I am on the fringes of a couple, but never really a part of them in a deep way. Some of it is that I allow myself to be busy and distracted, and you must invest in communities in order to really belong to them. But the primary reason is that I am a little shy. Even when I find a community I would like to be part of, it takes me a long time to get to know the people in it and really feel a part of it. I am much more a "one-on-one" person than a group person. Not that I don't enjoy groups- I just don't often speak up when I'm in them. It doesn't come naturally to me. I think sometimes people think that I'm distancing myself on purpose, and mistake my shyness for lack of interest, which is totally not the case at all.

I am so blessed to have found a local group of female pro photographers this year. I've been to only a few meetings so far, but it seems like an amazing group and I am really hoping to get to know these talented women in the coming year. I have enjoyed being part of an online community of photographers at The Bloom Forum. I'm still new there as well, but it s great place to talk to others who are passionate about photography.

One form of community that I need- that my family needs- is other young couples and families to spend time with together. My husband and I have very few friends who are married and/or parents, and I know that we would benefit significantly from friendships with people who are at similar places in their lives as we are. Among other moms I am usually the youngest by a decade or more, and while those friendships can be awesome, there is just a different dynamic.

I want to be more intentional about investing in the friendships I already have in the coming year. I have allowed life to get in the way too often, but being busy is a really terrible excuse. I need to press against my introverted nature a bit and pick up the phone, schedule a coffee date or invite a friend over for lunch. Because despite my tendency toward introverted-ness, I get depressed when I am alone too much. It isn't healthy.

So this post about community became about friendships... That actually tells you something about me. I don't do well with lots of surface-y relationships. I'm more of a true friendship kind of person, so just being "part of something" in a broad sense isn't enough for me- I need connections to be made in order to feel a real sense of belonging. I guess it's sort of a blessing and a curse :)

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