Finding Community Is Possible

Finding community is hard, but it's possible.

I’m so very proud of the community I live in.  I decided to hold a FREE rummage sale this past weekend.  Everything was free, although I accepted donations for the American Legion and the Humane Society.  It’s the least I can do with the items I no longer need.  I know someone needs these clothes and baby items more than we 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 to 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 11 years of marriage, my husband and I still live in the ‘bachelor pad’ he purchased 15 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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The community came together to support a good cause.

I might just do this again next year.  Finding community is essential.

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.

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!

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Letting go of perfection is freeing.

Since I'm no longer seeking perfection, I convinced my three-year-old to snap a few photos of me.  Joy and presence is what I seek these days.

 

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