How do you combat loneliness?

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Hi everyone. It’s been some time since I’ve blogged and I wanted to come back with a fresh blog post that might make people sit back and think a bit. I didn’t want to blog about something that has been blogged about a thousand times before. It crossed my mind that the reason why my blogging has taken a little bit of a back seat lately is because I have been networking in a different way – a way which is very meaningful to me and that is what this blog post will be about.

Making friends, building a community garden.
By the very nature of our businesses, we as virtual assistants have a different work set up to office workers. We don’t have a knock off time, we must find our own work, and … we don’t have the social setting of office colleagues around us.

There are several ways which we can combat this if loneliness begins affecting us.
We can join groups such as TAVASA , we can build up our contacts on Skype and other instant messaging systems, or – and it’s this third that I want to discuss in further detail – we can join community assistance organisations for the areas where we live such as the I Love Kensington Assocation

I didn’t join I Love Kensington for business purposes and that’s not why I’m a part of it now. I joined because I could see the area around me, where I live and where my children live, sinking – and I wanted to see what I could do to help. What I found was a band of dedicated, committed people crying out for voluntary help on projects that they were doing – a handful of people working to enrich the living area, and lives, of 5,000.

So I joined them – and I soon found that in between getting stuck into all of the wonderfully rewarding community projects that I Love Kensington are involved in, firm and fast friendships are formed between like minded people. I have been able to assist with the upliftment of our community by assisting newbie Virtual Assistants in our area, using and referring service providers that I would have had to call from miles away in the past … and I find it’s reciprocated, with two transcription jobs having come my way from this source in the last few months. Winner all round!