Socality WWIM 11

748 million people don't have access to clean water. Let that sink in. 748 ... MILLION! That's a stunning number. What would happen if we united to solve this crisis? Together with charity: water, we are partnering as a community to do our part to spread the word and do something about it! charity: water has an answer to this crisis!

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We are beyond excited to announce that Socality Leaders around the world are hosting local meetups and community nights the weekend of World Wide Instameet, March 21-22 in partnership with our March #SocalityWaterProject. These meets happen over World Water Day and are in support of our charity: water campaign!

If there isn't a meet close to you we encourage you to make a roadtrip with friends or host one yourself through our #SocalityWaterProject. Click Here to learn more about our March Community Project.

Check out all details of the local meets below. We ask that you register for the community nights and meetups so that each local community can adequately prepare for you!

International

London, England

Vancouver, BC

Calgary, Alberta

USA

Dallas, Texas

Herber Springs, Arkansas

Jacksonville, Florida

Nashville, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Richmond, Virginia

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Seattle, Washington

Shreveport, Louisiana

Toledo, Ohio

Whitefish, Montana

Washington, D.C

Let's do this! Let's spread the word and bring change to water around the world as a collective of local communities. Together we can do this!

Paul and the Socality Team


Forge Your Own Path Tour

Hey California!!

The Socality Team is coming for you on the Forge Your Own Path Tour in partnership with Dyer & Jenkins.

The Socality Team is so excited to be coming to California to hang and connect with the community. We will be traveling to SD, SF and LA and will be hosting community nights! These are free gatherings where we can come, connect, bring friends and get to know each other. We are excited to meet you! EVERYONE IS INVITED

You can see the details of the nights below with more details to come! Make sure to sign up on Eventbrite for these community meet ups. They are 100% free. We just want to make sure we are truly connecting and not missing anyone. And the information helps us plan and accommodate everyone!

PLUS, join our Socality meet on Saturday, March 7 at El Matador beach in Malibu. This is going to be an incredible day! We will also be raising awareness for our charity: water campaign.

We have partnered up with Dyer and Jenkins who have helped make this trip possible! They will also be giving away some gear at our meet at El Matador so be sure to sign up and you'll be entered to win!

REGISTER FOR ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY NIGHTS!

MARCH 2 | SAN DIEGO

  • SOCALITY COMMUNITY NIGHT
  • 7:00PM
  • Moniker | 705 16th St. San Diego, CA

A night of community and connection. Come hang with the Socality Team and enjoy music, conversation and drinks at Moniker. This creative space is home to San Diego's most innovative thinkers and influencers. Come hang out.

Sign up below to join the night. This will help us prepare and accommodate for the event. It is free to come! We just want to be prepared.

MARCH 4 | SAN FRANCISCO

  • SOCALITY INSTAMEET
  • 5:00PM at Battery Spencer
  • 8:00PM Roam Burger | 1923 Fillmore Street

Meet us at the bridge!! Our team will be there to hang and connect. After we will all go for food at Roam burger and chill. We are coming for ya SF!

Sign up below for FREE. We want to make sure you all get a name tag and we are connecting with you!


MARCH 6 | LOS ANGELES

  • SOCALITY COMMUNITY NIGHT
  • LOMBARDI HOUSE in HOLLYWOOD
  • 7:00PM-10:00PM

This night will be an evening of community and conversation over coffee and drinks. We are also excited to have Newport Worship team with us! This evening takes place at the Lombardi House which is an incredible space right in the heart of Hollywood. Space is very limited so be sure to sign up for free to guarantee your spot! 

MARCH 7 | EL MATADOR

  • SOCALITY INSTAMEET
  • EL MATADOR IN MALIBU
  • 3:00PM-6:30PM

This is going to be a huge community day! We are going to meet at El Matador where we can hang and connect as we all grab some photos in this beautiful spot. Look for the hosts in the white Socality Tees. We will stay and catch the sunset and live the California dream. We are pumped to hang together!

Sign up for the meet FREE below. This way we can get everyone a name tag and make sure we are connecting with you all. 


We hope to see you March 1-7 in California!

The Socality Team


"We met online"

BY: ALEXANDER PIERPOINT

"We met online." This phrase is one that many feel self conscious about opening up their story with, because it usually conjures up images of e-harmony, tinder, and the oh-so-entertaining hit Catfish, but for Becca and I, it wasn’t any of these. The fact that we met online is something we proudly tell people because it’s an amazing part of our story.

When Socality first launched and there was massive following spree as everyone was posting their “I am #Socality” portraits, Becca and I followed each other and thought nothing of it. I can’t speak for her, but I quickly took a notice to her awesome feed, beautiful hand lettering, and the fact that she happened to be an attractive, creative, blonde haired, big green eyed young lady.

At first we would just offer little comments back and forth, but once I followed her on twitter and got a little more of a glimpse into her humor and graphic design, I was hooked. The only problem was, why would this random cool girl from Columbus, Ohio have any interest in me, a random guy from Eugene, Oregon. Luckily I was proven wrong when she messaged me! (She likes to take credit for being the first one to initiate anything, but that’s just a technicality.)

We texted for a week, talked on the phone for another week, and after two weeks of constant communication, we Skyped for the first time and I went out on a limb. I basically said that I knew it sounded crazy, but there was something special about her, and that the distance between us wasn’t going to stop me from pursuing her. Lucky for me, she reciprocated the feelings, and we decided that we needed to meet!

I flew to Ohio, and for the sake of time I’ll just tell you that it was one of the best weeks ever, and by the end of it, we had bought her plane tickets to spend the summer in Oregon! She did, and it was amazing. With circumstances changing, we ended up deciding to relocate back to Columbus. It’s been a wild ride, and we’re still enjoying every minute of exploring life and growing closer together.

Social media is what initially connected us and brought us together, and it continues to play an exciting role in our story. We’ve met countless friends, and visited countless locations, and heard countess stories because of social media; specifically Socality. Platforms like Instagram and Twitter get a lot of flack and skepticism for being trivial, shallow, or for when people use them to promote hate or complain or bring others down. It doesn’t have to be that way. I think that me and Becca don’t have a problem telling people how we met because we view it as an opportunity to show how Social media can be redeemed as a way of connecting, sharing, and maybe even falling in love, with those who you otherwise might never have met, and that’s something exciting and that should be celebrated.

Follow Becca (@annebecca) and Alexander's (@alexanderpierpoint) journey on #firstdateohio.


And congratulations to another couple that got engaged at the last Socality Live event (#firstsocalityengagement) - Royce (@r2roycerull) and Krista (@kreesta7), who are tying the knot on February 28th! Follow their story at #weRULLwedding.

Happy Valentine's Day from Socality! We love you! Show some love to those that mean the most to you today (and everyday).


Designed for Adventure

BY: STEVEN HARPER

Do you ever feel like you live a boring life?

I’m competitive by nature, so when I see awesome Social Media profiles of people doing crazily interesting stuff, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out.

The last couple of weeks have been what I call ‘hard work’.

Me and my wife are about to move home. We found the most incredible place, and we are stoked about the prospect of a home that actually fits our personality.

So the last two weeks have been about preparation. I have had to clean the whole house alone. 

Before you think it, my wife isn’t lazy, she’s just flown back to the States to visit her family, and won’t get back here until the day we move (convenient timing, I'm sure she planned it that way :P). So I have the unenviable task of packing up all of our belongings, ready for the big move. 

Packing has made me understand what it would be like to be a zombie. Walking around aimlessly with no discernible thoughts, no emotion, just a brain dead human shell. Can you tell I don’t like it yet?

The only remedy was to make myself think. Then a thought came to me…

We are made to move.

We despise the mundane. Our heart yearns for adventure, and though our eyes seek it, regardless of where we are, it is in our mind that we vision it.

Photo by Sam Ciurdar @samciurdar

Here are some thoughts when it comes to living out the adventure.  

// Adventure is not just about your IG account, or the place you find yourself. It’s about the creation, pursuit and action.

// Creation is about daring to dream. Don’t hold back your mind from reaching your heart. Find time to enjoy the landscape of your mind, and paint the picture your heart is crying out to pursue.

// Pursue your dreams. I know it seems impossible, but it’s not. Don’t listen to the doubters, the ‘realists’. Your dreams were birthed with a purpose to pursuit. It’s an adventure in itself!

// Action. It's OK to tell people about your dreams, but you will never pursue your dreams until you actually start moving towards it. Start making notes, make calls, get people around you who want to support you. Dreams only turn into action when you get up.

So when you are caught wondering why life is so boring, or when you feel like you’re a zombie, remember that God created you to be adventurous. 

Start connecting your heart with your mind, and go make your dreams happen. 

The adventure is waiting, it’s what you were designed for.

Photo by Amanda Ciurdar @amandaseeyoudarrr



6 QUESTIONS FOR DISCOVERING YOUR CAREER

BY: IAN NELSON

This article is for all those who ever find themselves asking the question, “What am I doing with my life?” Pinpointing your future career (or vocation, or “calling” if you want to use a more spiritual-sounding word…) is one of the most important conundrums weighing on the mind of any normal college student or twenty-something.

Here is a short list of questions that a group of us at my church like to ask in helping young people begin to identify their future career, as well as a potential niche for serving in the church community: 

1. What are you passionate about?

This is a great place to start. What kinds of things do you get excited about? To borrow an old saying from my grandpa, “What turns your crank?” What types of things do you find yourself daydreaming about, or happily distracted by?

Often times our deepest passions, when we are clear-headed and walking with God, reveal something about the gifts and abilities God has given us. And on top of that, if you’re going to spend the rest of your life doing something—why not spend it doing something you enjoy? The goal is to find the sweet spot where your deepest passions sync up with God’s will for your life (see Psalm 37v4).

2. What are you good at?

It’s not enough to just be passionate about something. For example, maybe you love to sing. But every time you sing, people wince and glass shatters and someone’s baby screams. Chances are, you are not supposed to be the next American Idol.

However, maybe you are savvy with numbers and spreadsheets. Now that is something that can be used powerfully for God’s Kingdom. Sit down, and make a list (or spreadsheet) of things that you can do well, or at least that you are halfway decent at. Then return to Question #1 on this list and try to connect some dots.

3. What do other people affirm in you?

You don’t follow God in a vacuum. You are designed to discover and walk in God’s will for your life in the context of community. What do other people see in you? Community is not just a safeguard, but we need wise counsel in order to walk in all that God has for us (Proverbs 15v22).

Get with someone else this week who loves God and knows you well, and ask the question, “What do you think I should do with my life?” And don’t just ask your mom. She will always think you can jump over the moon. Start with a mentor, an uncle, a professor, a pastor, a co-worker, or a good friend you grew up with.

4. Where are the open doors in your life?

If God really wants you to do something, he will eventually provide an opportunity. God has a way of opening the right doors in his perfect timing. Following God is not about forcing the issue, but walking in surrender and dependence, being willing to serve in whatever capacity he puts in front of you.

Sometimes a closed door means “not gonna happen,” and other times it just means “not yet.” Sometimes you have to wake up, smell the coffee, and move on when doors slam shut—and other times you just have to be patient, and stay faithful where you’re at.  We need a lot of discernment in this area, and when in doubt, refer back to Question #3.

5. What is God blessing?

This one is huge. What is God already using in your life? After all, the whole point of anything we do in life as God’s people is to glorify God and join the mission of Jesus in the world.

What are some ways that God has used you powerfully in the past? In what areas of your life do you sense God’s favor? Where have you been bearing the most fruit? Look for a trail of kingdom fruit in your life, and trace it back to the kinds of things that correlate with who God has made you to be.

6. What do you hear God saying?

In the Bible, God talks to people. He tells Abraham where to go, and Abraham goes. And God is still speaking to his people today. Sometimes “hearing God’s voice” can seem too intimidating, too ambiguous, and too complicated. Unlike Abraham, most of us don’t hear an audible voice (I wish!).

However, we do know that every time we read the Bible, we are hearing God’s voice (2 Timothy 3v16). So crack open a Bible daily and read. Hold up your ideas, your desires, and your plans to scripture, and make adjustments where necessary. Then pray, and take time to listen. Perhaps the Holy Spirit may want to bring words, ideas, or even a vision to your mind. I recommend having a journal handy to write things down, and then run it by godly leaders or loved ones in your life to see if they think it’s legit.

Whatever you do with this list, start by taking a deep breath. You don’t have to figure out your entire future today. Just follow God’s leading one step at a time, and take the practical steps that you can take right now. God’s calling on your life isn’t something he wants to leave you in the dark on. Have faith, and keep going.  

(DISCLAIMER: I do realize the number “6” is symbolic for imperfection in the Bible. Perhaps it is prophetic for the above list, which is only meant to be read as a brief and incomplete conversation-starter…either that, or it’s just the only 6 questions I have, and we shouldn’t over-spiritualize everything! Anyhow, I pray that you find this list helpful and that God will use it in your life.)