indy is becoming my home

[think kit. day six.]

INDIANAPOLIS —I have been here for 1 year and 7 months, which is the longest I have continuously lived in one place since 2008. Having previously moved around so much, this year was the first time I really felt invested in a community.

You might say I got community crazy — I started volunteering with Gleaners Food Bank, Indy Reads and the American Diabetes Association, and I’m really happy about all those choices.

But I also changed jobs while managing those extra responsibilities, adopted a dog, trained for races and tried to be a decent friend and family member. It wasn’t the most enjoyable combination of time commitments, and I think it kept me from wanting to venture out and casually engaging with the people around me.

Or, in Matt’s words, “We should be more social.”

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So that’s what the next year will be about: becoming a part of the community I enjoy serving. That means keeping my other time commitments in check — something I’ve never done well — but I’m feeling good about it. If the month since I’ve joined the Speak Easy is any indication, Indianapolis is going to feel a lot more like home in the coming year.

OK yeah I don’t have a lot to say here, mostly because I had this conversation with Tom Hanley yesterday. Read.

This marks the completion of my first Think Kit post written before midnight. I shall now celebrate excessively. Cheers.

[Think Kit Dec. 6 prompt: How do you want to get involved in your community this coming year? Is there an organization that you’re finally going to join? A neighbor who could use a hand? Or do you have a great idea that just needs a little momentum? Share how you’d like to get involved in your community during 2014.]

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