First of all, welcome to the Isn’t She Amazing Tribe!
I personally love, love, love meeting new people and so enjoy spending time with my friends. I’m also known to always be adding people my tribe. I’m known to talk to strangers that sit next to me on airplane, as I’m checking out at the grocery store, at a restaurant, etc,. Who am I kidding I pretty much will talk to anyone who is willing to engage with me!
Although I like to engage with strangers, finding “your people” can be a challenge, but it’s important to socialize as socialization is an important component of living a healthy and fulfilling life. Finding your tribe is a crucial aspect of life as it helps you build meaningful relationships, foster a sense of community, and brings joy to your life. As with anything, it does take time and effort to find your people.
The following are six tips to consider finding your tribe:
Explore your interests: Start by identifying the activities, hobbies, or causes that you are passionate about. Take some time to really think about this. Is there something you have always wanted to try and haven’t had the time to pursue? I have always wanted to learn how to sew. Now, I’m not sure I have the patience for this hobby so it might not be a good fit for me in the long run, but it’s on my list to explore. Joining clubs, groups, or attending events that align with your interests is a great way to meet like-minded individuals.
Take a class or workshop: Taking a class or workshop in something you are interested in can be a great way to meet others who share your interests. Look for local classes or workshops in your area and sign up for one that aligns with your interests. I have not yet started any classes or workshops but plan to take some gardening workshops in the Spring so I can work on the landscaping in my back yard. I’ll keep you posted on how this goes!
Try online communities: Online communities have become a popular way to connect with others who share similar interests. Look for forums, social media groups, or websites dedicated to your hobbies or causes and engage in discussions and activities. I am part of the Mind Valley (https://www.mindvalley.com) community and am able to communicate with people from around the world that have similar interests as me and I’m learning at the same time. So, a win, win!
Volunteer: Volunteering provides an opportunity to connect with others while making a difference in your community. Look for local volunteer opportunities that align with your values and interests, and you may find like-minded individuals who share your passion. I’ve discovered that I am happiest when I am participating in events that align with my values. What are your values? Take some time to really think about this. There are always opportunities to volunteer so find something that sparks joy for you personally. I volunteer for several organizations and love that I have the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives and I get to interact with some fabulous people!
Attend networking events: Networking events are a great way to meet new people, especially if you are looking to connect with individuals in your field or industry. Attend conferences, meetups, or other industry-specific events to expand your network. These events are a great way to meet people and also a way to explore a career change. Networking events also provide an opportunity to learn which helps stimulate our brain which is an important consideration as we age.
Join a Pickleball team or a fitness class: Engaging in physical activity is a great way to meet new people and build meaningful relationships. Pickleball seems to be all the range and it’s quite fun. My husband and I have played with friends and had a blast! Take a fitness class, with individuals who share your passion for staying active. In recent months I have begun to attend yoga at two different facilities. It has helped me strengthen some friendships, meet new friends and is helping me feel better about myself. Again, it’s a win, win, win!
It can be intimidating to go alone to try something new so enlist a friend or just take the leap and go on your own. Yes, it can be scary, but you very well could find your tribe.
Finding your people is about being proactive, taking the initiative to engage in activities and events that align with your interests, and being open to new experiences. It takes time and patience, but it is worth the effort as having a community of like-minded is important for you physical and mental health.
Action Step: Identify an activity you’d like to try and go try it!