Will I Fit In?

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record 'round these parts. Sometimes I wonder if people get tired of reading or listening to me talk about Chicago. It is my reality right now so, I guess I shouldn't need to apologize. But, I can't help but feel a little redundant. Haha!

This time, my thoughts and visual journaling are gravitated towards relationships in my new city.

There was a time when I made friends so easily. Co-workers, church friends, neighbors, etc. I loved meeting new people and I made acquaintances quickly.

The past six years, however, I really worked hard on maintaining friendships. I developed some really close relationships. I let down walls and freely shared my vulnerable side with these friends. It took a lot of work to cultivate and deepen our friendships and it was so worth it. 

Now, in a new city (even a year later), I find it harder to make new friends. It's taking longer. And I miss the friends I could easily call up and meet for a cocktail at any moment. Now, I find myself at home on Friday nights. Not that it's a bad thing. I AM choosing to do this! I mean, I am EXHAUSTED on Friday night and, usually, don't have the energy to even go out. So, they may not change... we'll see.

I am such a relational person! Slowly, those friendships are building. I am very thankful for the people I have met since moving here. I can only foresee some amazing relationships coming together as I continue this journey in the big city! My perspective on all this is that I am being more intentional about building meaningful community instead of just racking up as many acquaintances as possible. SO much better this way but it does take longer. 

I created this layout using the Belonging kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. I think one of the things that came through loud and clear for me as I was journaling, was how PEOPLE have a huge impact on how someone feels like they belong.

This extrovert is very excited for the people God is placing in her life! 

Thanks for swinging by today and I hope that you have gained some inspiration and/or insight by reading my post and viewing the layout and close ups.