“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Last year, I got more involved in my local Toastmasters clubs. I joined two clubs, gave a number of speeches, became officier, spoke at the Toastmasters District 13 Fall Conference, completed my Competent Communication and Competent Leadership Awards, and I met a lot of new people, but it’s not the community I thought I’d originally get involved in when I was trying to complete a similar goal last year.

During the past year, I wanted to get more involved in the local startup/tech scene in Pittsburgh but with two young children I found it difficult to attend local meetups after work.  I didn’t have the time plus I wanted to be home with my kids after being gone all day at work.

It’s funny how I still ended up getting involved in a community.  I’m still involved in Toastmasters but I need to think about how much I want to do.  I’m thinking about cutting back.  I’m an officier in one club, involved with the leadership team in another club, started the process of mentoring a new club, I’m mentoring two fellow Toastmasters, and my one club just asked me to be their next club president. That feels like too much involvement.

It’s not a bad thing. I can complete this goal with continuing my work with Toastmasters but I’m conflicted.  I want to continue to see what’s out there.  I’m involved with a few organizations and I want to try out all them.  There are a lot of opportunities and areas of interest. Toastmasters, Free Code Camp, local Pittsburgh Startup/Tech/Entreprenuership community, Meetups, Nonprofits, charity, running groups, or something I create.

I really want to get involved in my community.  I want to connect to like minded people. Today, that doesn’t mean I have to talk to the people where I live.  I can connect with anyone, anywhere. We’ve all been given the opportunity to connect with people of almost any interest. We only need to decide.

This year, my goal is to get involved in a community and  become a contributing member so I can continue to add to my trail.