Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup – December, 2016

This past Monday was my birthday, and also the last meetup of 2016 for the Philly ‘burbs WordPress community. Coming off a successful WordCamp US (held for the second year in Philadelphia), it was a great chance to hang out and and catch up with some friends I didn’t get to see at the WordCamp.

I’ll be honest, I still don’t feel 100% comfortable at these events given the social nature of them. This is not due to anyone there, as they could not be more welcoming and accepting of everyone. I feel realtively new and need to make the effort to introduce myself to some people I still don’t know. But some days I just need to show up and count that as a victory.

Luckily, a few people introduced themselves and I eventually found some friends to talk to before the end of the night. The drive home is always much more relaxing as I realize how grateful I am to have found this community. It’s not just about the similar interests in WordPress and other technology that draws me to it; it’s about friendships and people genuinely being interested in sharing their lives with each other.

I hope I continue to feel more confident to meet new people in 2017.

Here’s what we learned on Monday:

Angelina Simms talking about the importance of community. Photo by Liam.
Christina sharing about contributor day at WordCamp US. Photo by Andy.
Lauren Pittenger teaching us about Flexbox. Photo by Andy.

Do you have a group of people to connect with and keep you accountable with your goals?

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