I have been very stressed with Zane this past week. Oh… grace, patience, compassion, understanding, sensitivity… where are you? I know that when I get to this point it means I need a break. And that’s what I did. I went out on a dinner date with two gal pals. Oh, how great it was! Additionally, I also began searching online for a community since often I am stuck inside. Creating an online community doesn’t happen overnight, but what ends up happening for me is, I find people who I can relate to. When I was in a long distance relationship with Daniel, that’s one of the main reasons I survived it. I was part of a forum online and communicated daily with other women in the same boat. One of my best friends now I actually met on there. Funny and peculiar on so many levels, right? First- I’m sharing my inner feelings with strangers and wow- how does meeting a stranger online result in a long lasting (8 years!) deep, meaningful friendship?! It’s possible. So in my current case, I started searching for some connections. I reached out to our local community’s forum page and posted a note to seek any stay-at-home moms (SAHM) who want to get together for playdates. I joined a Facebook San Diego Mom Bloggers group. I joined a new Meetup group whose mission isn’t to talk about their babies nonstop during playdates. I visited blogs written by other SAHMs who get frustrated in every possible way. I read articles on “How to stay sane as a SAHM” and “Tips for struggling SAHM.” And hopefully the search will continue. My hope is to build an online community of supporters who I can also turn to. I have my physical support system (thank God!!), but I do believe there’s a huge benefit in having a virtual one too. (Of course with discernment with who you’re communicating with.)
Do you have an online community too? How do you utilize the internet to assist you with life’s challenges and transitions?