Why I'm Writing This Blog / by Amy DeRosia

 CC Photo by  Jason Long

CC Photo by Jason Long

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
— Maya Angelou

Over the past couple of years I've learned a ton about the topic of thriving where you are based on my own experience, books, conferences, blogs, and conversations with friends. But, with every answer comes deeper layers to uncover and more questions.

Many of our obstacles or goals are universal about living incredible lives in our local communities.  Others are specific to one person. But, no matter who you are, creating a great life on the inside and outside usually requires intentionality and perseverance.

I co-founded a group with my good friend Halley Rachal for creative young adults in my city (Shreveport, LA) called SBC Visionaries about two years ago. This was a big social experiment. Some of it has worked really well but other aspects of the group have needed to be adjusted again and again.

As time has gone on, it has become apparent that I needed a separate space to explore the topic of thriving than in meetings with the group. The main unifying desire of members is the chance to regularly do something interesting together in our city with people they don't usually hang out with.

We all have a common need to show up and getting out of our comfort zone regularly. But, a lot of SBC Visionaries members opinions, approaches, and interests are different.

This blog will be my place to share ideas in a more useful way than inside SBC Visionaries meetings or monologue-ing at a friend about a book I'm obsessed with over coffee. I'm excited to connect with people who are enthusiastic about similar topics.

Some of my favorite people in my city are the ones who are highly invested in our community. Many of them have started their own non-profits, businesses, grassroots organizations, and creative projects. They are dreamers who put their ideas into action and affect change. I'm looking forward to connecting with more people like that in the Shreveport-Bossier area and all over the world.

Thrive Anywhere Project requires a certain amount of idealism by seeing the potential in people and places. But honestly, what is the alternative? Whining? Helplessness? Despair? I hope not!

As a society, we are more and more disconnected from each other, afraid of uncertainty, overstimulated by technology, and addicted. Unless we find productive ways to respond to our daily stressors and the problems of our communities, we will continue to feel overwhelmed, stagnant, and grow in anxiety.

This is an opportunity to truly show up in our lives and communities. We can choose to find new ways to connect, collaborate, and serve each other better. Making a positive impact where you are keeps you sane, brings wonderful people into your life, and allows you to affect change-sometimes on a much larger scale than you could have ever imagined.

If you're frustrated about an issue, that is a good place to start. Find ways to solve that problem.  You don't need permission. You need social proof. Have something to say and create your own platform: start a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, Kickstarter campaign, meetup group, ect. And, participate in great things already happening in your community. You can do both.

You've got something unique to teach the rest of us. We have the opportunity to spread hope by living incredible lives in our neighborhoods, cities, and virtual communities. Humanity needs us shining brightly exactly where we are.

If you want to know a little more about my story, check out the About page. Please say "hi" and tell me about you in the comments :) Thanks for reading.