Finding Community Is Possible

Finding community is hard, but it's possible.

I’m very proud of the community I live in so I decided to hold a FREE rummage sale in June.  Everything was free; although, I accepted donations for the Club 44 Foundation and Mount Calvary Fire Department.  I know someone needs these clothes and baby items more than we do so it was the least I could do.

As a result of the rummage sale, I was able to donate twice as much money compared to that which I made last year.  I consider this a success and couldn't do it without all of you.

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Whether you like it or not, I'm a truth teller.

I have to admit I never thought in a million years I would live in this small town.  I grew up just five miles from here in another Wisconsin small-town.  It seems less than desirable to travel 3 miles to the closest gas station and ten miles to the grocery store, but I like it here.  Before considering marriage and the possibility of children, I thought the big city was where I wanted to be.

After 12 years of marriage, my husband and I still live in the ‘bachelor pad’ he purchased 16 years ago.  Finding community can be hard, but when you speak your truth, your community will grow organically.

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With our family complete, it was time to purge some clutter that comes with children.

Let’s be honest, children come with a lot of crap (considering all definitions of the word).  People suggested this FREE rummage sale wasn’t such a good idea, that I was crazy for leaving a rummage sale unattended.  Others stating the likelihood of stolen donations.  Personally, I trusted this idea from day one.  At least I could give it a try.

And that, my friends, is one benefit of living in small-town Wisconsin.  A place where trustworthy individuals look out for each other.  The neighbors that look after your home when you’re away are some of the best kind.

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I’m not moving anytime soon, therefore, the big city will have to wait.

I can travel the world and return home with confidence.  I’m right where I’m suppose to be and this new feeling is liberating.  As an achiever, I often keep chasing, trying to find happiness in the next level of success.  Truth is, happiness is right where I am.  Letting go of perfection is freeing.  Since I'm no longer seeking perfection, I convinced my four-year-old to snap a few photos of me for this post.  Joy and presence is what I seek these days.

Remember last week when I talked about gratitude?

I told you so, each of us has something to be grateful for.

Your generosity is appreciated and not overlooked, I couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!

Let's connect virtually for now!

 And we'll connect in real life later, I promise.  We have so much to talk about.

The community came together to support a good cause.

As a result, I might just do this again next year.  Finding community is possible.

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1 Comment

  1. Barbara Schmidt on December 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I love your beautiful pictures about life.
    Barbara Schmidt

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