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The Real Simple Good Life Roots – Community

This is the last post in a series of six where we are telling the story behind The Real Simple Good Life. We are outlining the core principles that guide our healthy lifestyle – what we call our roots. You can read the introduction to this series here.

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Our roots are the core areas we want to explore and focus on to help you build the foundation to live better. The more you focus on these areas, the deeper your roots can grow, building the structure and support system to allow you to live better. Our roots are:

Why we chose community as one of our roots

When we initially sat down and decided on the core principles that we would include in our roots series, the topic of community did not come up. The other four areas were no-brainers for us – we’ve worked on them in our own lives a lot and feel that we have expertise and insight to share. However, the community aspect is a little more challenging.

You see, we are both natural introverts. We both lean towards being the quiet, observant type instead of the talkative and social type. Because of this our social circles are probably smaller than most. We choose our connections carefully and those we are connected to are “deeper” connections.

When we quit our jobs and began working on our blog full-time from home, we quickly realized that we craved community and social interaction. Since we didn’t have the naturally occurring social framework of a job or school, we had to “work” to get out of the house and into more community settings. Developing, nurturing and making time for interactions with friends, family and community became a higher priority for us.

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How the right community can help you live better

We are hardwired genetically to be social beings. It is in our DNA to build communities, work together and thrive in changing social environments. With that said, surrounding yourself with the right community and thriving takes work.

You know the saying – “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”? You don’t have to agree with this statement wholeheartedly, but the premise is strong – the people you surround yourself with and spend the most time with influence your thoughts, behavior and actions.

It’s very important to be deliberate with your time and who you spend it with. Look at the people around you. Are you spending time with people who value what you want for your own life? Do you find that certain people in your inner circle are dragging you down? Do you have opportunities to develop new connections that can help “raise you up”?

You must be intentional with your time, who you surround yourself with and the social interactions you seek. Growing this root will help you cultivate a social community that helps you live better.

Content we will develop to help this root grow

As self-proclaimed introverts, we may not consider ourselves experts on the topic of developing and nurturing a healthy community, so we are learning more each day. We hope to share our journey, experiments and experiences with you with the hope that we can learn together and live better.

We also hope to develop more of a “community feel” here on the website! While we may not be able to get together in person, we want the Real Simple Good Life to be a place we can join together, share our experiences and challenges, and grow and learn together.

Some topics we will share more about are:

  • Being social in a technology driven world
  • Volunteering
  • Overcoming struggles to make new connections
  • Using social media in a positive way
  • Genuine small talk and how to do it
  • Making new connections as an introvert
  • Relationships, partnerships, marriages
  • Making time for fun/play
  • And much more

Let’s Live Better

We strongly feel cultivating and nurturing the right community will help you live better. Being deliberate and intentional about how you spend your social life can be a game changer for your overall health and well being. 

Are you looking to make changes in your life to live better? Do you want to develop a positive, uplifting community in your life? Share your story in the comments below and be part of the Real Simple Good Life Community!

Finally, what are you going to do today (because today is really all we have) to build your community and commit to live better? Let us know in the comments below! Let’s dive in, and live better together!

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