Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I have always longed for a sense of true community. Now that we have moved and life has changed so much, I don't really feel like part of a community at all.

I don't know my neighbors, and I wouldn't have a clue who to call nearby in an emergency.

I am working on new ways to build community that is physically close by. I signed up for a class at an arts organization just down the street. It began last night and there are three other ladies and me. We shall see - it might lead to some new friendships, or even just a closer connection to the organization itself.

C. and I are looking into a new gym. Maybe we can meet a few friends there.

On the flip side, I do have a very strong community of family and friends. Although they don't live close by, they feel close. It makes such a huge difference to know I am connected to them.

I have also found several online communities that have made me feel so welcome. Most recently, I found an online group for other stepmoms. Yay! I really need a group of people who understand the stress and frustrations particular to being a stepmom.

It is a lifelong goal of mine to continue to find and create community. I'm working on it.

If anyone has tried something that has worked, let me know. I'd love some new ideas!


  1. I'm so glad you found this group! I'll be interested to see what you think, what they share, etc.

  2. Stepmom support groups will provide you a world of help, friendship and advice. Good for you for searching one out. There are many out there and the key is finding the right one for you - so keep trying if you don't "click" immediately. Also, make sure the group is solution-based and positive...a rant session feels good - but in the end figuring out ways to cope is best. Much luck to you!