The Importance of Community
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The Importance of Community

Jessica Wagner

Whether we know it or not, we’re all part of communities. We all NEED to be part of at least one community to be happy, healthy humans.

I thrive on being part of multiple communities, which goes along with my love for meeting new people and networking. I spent this past weekend with three different communities and they all made me SO happy.

The first was a Friday night class at Ripped PHL with some other Students Run leaders and friends. Have you heard of this place? It’s awesome! We did a combined treadmill and and strength training class. We did two rounds of 15 minutes strength training/15 minutes on the treadmill. I was definitely sore the next day.

Saturday morning, we had a Students Run neighborhood practice with a bunch of schools in West Philly. We met other students, did some team building activities and ran over four miles together. It was great to see students from other teams motivating each other and encouraging one another to keep running. This group makes my heart so happy. 

Then on Sunday, I met my newest community - the BBG girls. BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide, which is a workout program and a community started by a personal trainer in Australia named Kayla Itsines. Philly has a BBG meetup group that meets once a month. Classes are only $5 with optional brunch to follow. These ladies are some of the most hardworking, active women in Philadelphia. I’m so lucky to have met them and can't wait to spend more Sunday mornings with them in the future.

Speaking of community, I had lunch with a couple friends at Temple last week then stopped by the 10-10-10 Projects. Two groups had dogs at their tables so I spent a good 45 minutes just hanging out in Temple’s business school (they can't keep me away). 

(His name was Miracle and I was in love!)

The 10-10-10 Project was one of the first big influencers in my life in terms of fundraising for nonprofits and social media marketing. Check out their website to learn more about the projects this semester.

All these communities motivate me to work hard. Without their support, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. If you’re feeling bored or lonely lately, try joining a new community. It can be scary and you might not know anyone at first, but after one or two times, you’ll meet new friends and be part of that community, too.

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What communities are you part of?

What did you do this weekend?

Have any fun plans this week?

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