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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.)

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This is not just a "you problem."

The start of my California residency was the second time I had moved to a new city in six months, and was the second of four moves I would make in the coming year. As a journalist I combed across the United States, soaking in internships and road trips and humanity and personality. I've driven coast to coast and lived with random Craigslist roommates, and survived. Now I have officially been a resident of Massachusetts for two months  and this is where the fun begins.

If you're in Boston, Salt Lake City, or Tallahassee, the circumstances are the same. When you move to a new place for more than just a few weeks 
 or even if you stay in the same area your whole life  you inevitably become an part of the local fabric and weave it into your own life's story and career as well. You have the opportunity to sow roots in your community, connect with other power ladies, and own your life. Don't get me wrong: this is hard! There's a reason why more than 140 people signed up for Sown. I'm confident that with this newsletter community, we can make that a little bit easier.

 

  • About 10 percent of women moved in the past year, according to U.S. Census data from 2016-2017. 20 percent of those moves were for employment-related reasons.
 
  • One poll found that 18-24-year-olds were four times as likely to feel lonely all the time as those 70 years or older.
 
  • The lead researcher behind a study following 268 men for 72 years found that "…the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people."
 
  • Women from 33 states + the District of Columbia have tangibly acknowledged that they need a community like this by subscribing. (Hello everyone!)

Go Sow: Challenge for the Week.

The challenges will be a key part of Sown — poking us to try something new or contemplate a concept every week, and to do it together. Here's the first one:

Can you reply to this email with a question or concern you have about moving to a new place/making friends as an adult/etc.? Do you have any solutions you'd like to share? Any thoughts about what you want to get out of this? Let me know!

Grow the Sow.

Map of where we are, based on your zip codes provided when you signed up — plus two of you in Alaska! You go, Glen Cocos!

Keep going: Share Sown with the other power ladies in your life!
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