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Creating connection

In 2021 I moved to San Diego, not knowing anyone in the city. Working remotely, I didn’t have an instant community and oftentimes felt very lonely.
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Sunrise walk at Torrey Pines
During this time, I read a book that changed how I viewed loneliness: . I learned that loneliness is our body’s signal (similar to hunger or thirst) letting us know we need more connection and I wasn’t alone in feeling lonely.
36% of all Americans—including 61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children—feel “serious loneliness.” —
I realized that I (and all humans) crave connection, and started slowly and intentionally building connection. Over the next year in San Diego I was fortunate to make strong friendships, find community at a yoga studio, & enjoy being by myself and trying new things.
However, it wasn’t easy, and I still feel lonely sometimes. I created this doc to help others who might be feeling alone find hope & gain concrete ideas on how to feel a bit more connected.

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picking up a new hobby

You are not alone & being lonely is nothing to be ashamed of!

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