When synchronicity lines up in my world, it gives me goosebumps and reminds me how powerful the Universe is.
In this week’s blog post, I wrote about the importance of community to our mental health. You can read the whole piece here, but the overarching message is this:
We need to belong to a community of like-minded souls.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for support, taking a class, or gathering (virtually, these days) with people who work in the same field; being in a community is critical to supporting our wellbeing, especially with the year we’ve all had since the pandemic started.
For those of you who listened to the Unlocking Happiness podcast I recorded with Amy Dix and wrote about last week, you know I’m working on my next book dealing with adoptee archetypes. As part of the research, I’ve been diving into the adoptee’s trauma experience due to the mother-child separation.
So far, it probably sounds like a typical week in the life of a writer, and it is. But what happened yesterday made everything come together in a way I could not have anticipated.
I attended a free Zoominar (a webinar on Zoom) focused on trauma and reporting (journalism.) The knowledge I gained will save me weeks of research for my book. Additionally, I learned a great deal of information I can apply right now, and I’ll be writing an article to share those tips with everyone.
None of this would have happened without joining a community.
Late last year, I joined the Society of Professional Journalists and their Freelancer Community Facebook group. It was within this group that I saw the information about today’s Zoom session.
I spent 75 minutes with other writers learning about a topic that impacts all of us (and it’s directly related to my book.)
And I left feeling better.
Whether we want to admit it or not, this past year has been traumatic for all of us. So if you’re not yet involved in a group that makes you feel good, start searching for one and join up!
There’s a group or class for everyone out there.