MY STORY: This past week I was reminded of how important having a community is. Since moving to LA was my first time moving out, there was a huge learning curve on how to build community or in other words, a group people who I could rely on and just do life with. So how did I end up finding these people?
To start off, I met my now boyfriend a few months before moving to LA and I would hang out with him and his friends. This honestly made my transition a lot easier since I was the biggest introvert then and didn't know anyone else. But to continue, I knew I had to find some gals to hang out with because I was lost in half the conversations the boys were having.
The first six months were brutal since I was always tired from work and just didn't know where to look for a community. I didn't get along with my co-workers well enough to hang out with them outside of work. When I transitioned to working at Father's Daughter, that's when I had a better grasp of what a community was like. I hung out with my boss Su and her friends, while also meeting people on Instagram. Since I am an introvert still, it is difficult to initiate and meet with people on Instagram. Somehow I ended up meeting Jenny and we started to hang out almost weekly. She then introduced me to a few of her friends and that's when it started. We all hung out and did life together.
It is very characteristic of me to create friends over time instead of on one encounter. This is how going to school and joining life group at my church came into play. At my school, the age range is wide and the people that I encountered were all studying fashion, which made it easier for me to relate to my classmates and make friends. In life group, we were all in different stages of life, but we all recognized God working in our lives. We shared our ups and downs with each other and supported and prayed for those who needed it. For me, finding a community required going out of my comfort zone, discovering my passions in life, and knowing that God will bless me with the people in my life when the time is right.
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