July was a great month full of time spent with family and friends. We need to be part of our community and strengthening existing relationships while making new ones. It isn’t always about the money; it’s about building social capital!

Finding Folk and Building Community

This is a “Just Tom” Show while I am on the road from Duluth, MN, to Minneapolis, MN. As I worked on the shores of the great Lake Giche Gume (Lake Superior for everyone not in Minnesota), I had time to reflect on July. We had a great time with family at our house and on the road in Stevens Point, Kimball and northern Wisconsin. It helped that we have a lot of July birthdays; that translates into family celebrations! Family can be hard to love at times, but as my dad said, “Blood is thicker than water.” We have been working hard to build up those family relationships.

At the same time, July has been a month of friendship. We are thankful to spend time with our good friends and make some new friends along the way! Friends have invited us over, and we have opened our house to them as well.

A great example is this weekend: we are heading north (after I just got home) to our friends’ cabin near Hayward, WI. It is going to be a weekend of fun and shenanigans, but that is what it is all about, right? We have to open ourselves up and take the time to connect with others, even those folks in our neighborhood.

By the way, you have to crack a grin at that lady sitting a couple seats down from Julie. What IS she looking at?

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Austin Quinn from Vlog Vibes for the work on the Small Scale Life Theme Music.

Check out his work on his YouTube Channel!

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