Welcome to Sown.
Almost exactly a year ago, this Chicago native was two days into life in Southern California — more specifically, I was in the back of a Lyft Line returning to my USC-area apartment after an afternoon of a female coders' introductory meetup and a solo poke bowl dinner in Koreatown. (Shoutout to the poke shop for playing Friends while I ate.)
When I climbed into the car, I joined a woman who was fidgeting with her purse with a half-eaten slice of pizza on her lap. Tonight was the first step to her New Year's Resolution, I discovered after striking up some small talk, and she was determined (but still nervous) to attend a Meetup event at a bar in order to meet new people. She'd lived in Los Angeles for a year already for her master's program but had stayed within the comfort zone of her party-of-one Netflix and chill. I don't remember the woman's name, but I remember her bravery and, simultaneously, her fear. Two days into life in Southern California, I felt the same way.
Sown is for you, it's for me, and it's for all of us who are looking for more in our homes: more friends, more courage, more to do, more challenge, more comfort, more camaraderie. Welcome to Sown.
(Also — you probably get a lot of emails. One of my top goals for this newsletter is to make sure it is worth your time. I'd love your feedback on this inaugural issue.)