One of my biggest objectives over the past twelve months has been my quest to find more humans. Like actual humans, not humans behind a computer screen or on my phone. I didn't exactly realize this was my quest, but looking back on it - that's what I've been doing.
Last summer I realized that doing yoga at home, working from home, and crafting at home was all great for efficiency and working on exactly what I want to work on, but not so great for actual human contact. And I was missing human contact - contact with humans who aren't my immediate family. I love my family - but they can't possibly be expected to fill every need.
So I dipped my toe into the waters. I went back to the yoga studio. I tried a knitting group. I reconnected with a friend who is a fellow creative entrepreneur. And as lots of good things do, it snowballed. I joined a small group yoga intensive and made some good friends. I found a couple of great knitting groups that I attend on a weekly basis. My friend and I started meeting every week to talk about business goals and provide support and encouragement. It was not without a few missteps - some of my efforts to get out there made me want to retreat. But I persevered and am very much enjoying being with real humans, having the opportunity to listen and sometimes just sit, to encourage and observe. Basically, to hang out. Reminding me that people, like most other animals, are often happiest with a herd.