Finding your tribe, the group of people that supports you, or supports a cause you’re invested in, can make all the difference. Finding your tribe or people you can be you with Knowing you can let your hair down and be yourself is comforting and exhilarating. When it happens, it’s worth writing about.

I experienced this during the last two weeks. A group of family historians came together, interested in maintaining the blogging resources at as curator Thomas MacEntee moved on to other endeavors.  In a matter of days, a group of twenty came together, and started to take shape. Pat Richley-Erickson, aka DearMYRTLE, offered to co-lead (with me) the group through the transitions. (See GeneaBloggers Announces GeneaBloggersTRIBE  for more details.)

A tribe was born in more than one way. In addition to agreeing to take on a boat-load of work on short notice, they all want to support each other as well.

Finding Your Tribe Wherever You Are

If you think about it, you probably have a number of tribes. The people you have coffee with on a regular basis, the ones you can tell anything—or almost anything—to, and they’ll understand.  Your church group. Child-hood friends. Long-time neighbors. The non-profit you volunteer for.

That sense of community you’ve found among other people is a story worth telling.

Your Turn: Telling Your Stories

When you write about finding your tribe, you can highlight

  • When has finding a tribe made a difference in your life?
  • What about the group provides you with a sense of belonging? Are they like-minded? Free of judgement?
  • Who are the members that impact you the most?
  • How did you find them? Did you go out intentionally and seek them out or did you stumble upon them?
  • If it took you a long time to find them, what do you think blocked you?
  • If you’ve found a professional tribe, what made you look for them? How have they made a difference?
  • When have you failed to find a tribe? When have you felt out-of-step with those around you?

©2017 Laura Hedgecock

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