A while back, I had the opportunity to travel to Southern California and reconnect with a few people that contributed to my personal and professional development in powerful and meaningful ways. Even though, it feels silly to admit, I was in denial as to just how much I missed this community of like-minded people.  When I left and moved to Houston, I was ready for a new adventure and, although sad to leave my friends and colleagues, I was more focused on the potential that was facing me. Although I have found a great community here in Houston, I realized when I was actually there in my previous environment, with them in person, just how much I missed their influence and involvement in my life.


This realization lead me to think back to other influential communities and relationships that I have lost touch with or replaced over the years and really dissect what each one has meant to me and how I’ve been affected by them. Doing this was eye opening. Even though it’s not a brand new concept to recognize, being in the moment, feeling my sense of loss and reminiscing helped me reflect on other communities that have impacted my life in profound ways. This awareness served to reinforce my desire to have a community full of individuals striving towards optimism, social change and positive development. I mean, it just feels good when you ’re with others who share your passion, beliefs and views… right?

Recognizing just how impacted I have been and am today by those around me, provides new insights to maintaining these types of connections on a daily basis. No matter what I am involved in, focusing on or even how I feel at a particular moment, knowing that I have the support of my community reinforces the fact that I am not in this alone, someone else gets it and when needed, someone else will support me.

The best part about a loving, accepting, energizing and motivating community is the care that you receive when life just isn’t going as planned. When you’re disappointed, in need of a hug, struggling to see the brighter side or just plain stuck in a rut, a positive and uplifting community of like-minded people is a necessary and important element for your success. Communities with shared interests, values, thoughts and attitudes encourage us to live better, strive for more and focus on the results we’re looking for, creating a sense of belonging, acceptance, understanding and inspiration. Positivity is contagious — when combined with a group of passionate people, you have a recipe for life changing inspiration and motivation; individuals create movement, but it’s groups that sustain it.

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