Like many of you, I don’t love love social media. While I truly value many of the friends I’ve made, I dislike the platforms for a variety of reasons.
You may feel similarly.
My biggest challenge, and perhaps yours as well, is that I need it to a certain degree. I’m an artist. I sell my creative work. My livelihood depends on not living under a rock. But… I’d like a little more rock-dwelling, plz.
So this year I’m doing something different.
I call it social without the media.
Imagine for a moment a world where people connect in person. Go out to lunch or grab a cup of coffee. I know, you may be thinking to yourself. Like the old days? I fully realize I’m not inventing anything new. Just… rediscovering.
The idea was inspired by a book I read a few years back called 52 cups. Written by a college-age author, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. So she took a different person out for coffee each week – the 52 cups, as it were – to glean a bit of insight.
The concept grabbed me tightly by the shoulders. When I found myself staring blankly at Instagram account yet again, I thought to myself, what if…?
So I asked a friend out to lunch. And then another… and another. For the price of a weekly sandwich, I found myself having richer conversations, laughing more deeply, and making more meaningful connections. Cup by cup, sandwich by sandwich, I’m finding the community I’ve been seeking for years.
Maybe I’ve even reached out to you. If I haven’t, I likely will. And if this idea sounds interesting, shoot me a message. Near or far, live or virtual, coffee or sandwich, I’m up for it.