When I first moved to Pittsburgh last summer, I set out to make friends. Instead, I ended up joining tribes. As a result, I’ve fostered connections to my new community, grown my business, and found better balance in my life. I’ve come to appreciate the importance of tribes - or groups of like-minded people - especially for working parents.
What is a tribe?
When I use the word tribe, I’m talking about a group of people who come together based on similar goals or interests. I’m a member of a group of female entrepreneurs, I served on a committee to plan a school fundraiser, and I started a private Facebook group for people who want to be happier. Each of these is a tribe for me.
The difference between a tribe and a one-on-one relationship is that, obviously, there are more than two people involved. What that means for me is that I have a better chance of finding the connection I need, when I need it. It also means that we make getting together a priority: we have things to do and goals to meet, after all. We make plans and schedule them on our calendars, something that seems to be more difficult to do with my girlfriends.
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