I am a NJ girl through and through. I was born here, raised here, and I like to joke that I am stuck here, too. Truth be told, I kind of like being a resident of The Garden State. I mean, let’s face it: where else can a farm house be 15 minutes from the beach? Where else can you jump on a train or bus and have the option to head towards the White House, in the direction of a Broadway show, or in search of an authentic Philly Cheese Steak? Only in New Jersey, perfectly nestled between New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The amazing thing about the Internet is that, with just a click of a mouse, you can meet amazing people in and out of New Jersey. You can meet fellow moms or business executives. You can meet struggling artists that give you deep perspective or dreamers that ignite you to accomplish many things in life. With every person you meet, you have the opportunity to learn their story, learn their strengths and weaknesses, learn their likes and dislikes and, yes, learn where they are from. It is always interesting to meet people in different countries. The serendipity happens when you meet a neighbor on Twitter or a person that grew up in the town you were born on Facebook. Sometimes, those kinds of moments can bring a girl to realize how truly blessed she is. That is exactly the kind of experience I have daily.
About 1.5 years ago, when #NJDMoms was started, I never would have thought that New Jersey Digital Moms would be what it is today. It seems I start projects daily online. I am a dreamer. Starting things is what I do. I never thought I would be an administrator of a network group. I guess I should say at times they are a field relief team of sorts. Yet there they were, these amazing business women, bloggers, mothers–all of them being awesome. Within hours of Hurricane Sandy striking New Jersey hats and mittens were being collected, dinners were being planned, and calls were being made. While some were without electric for days, others were fielding calls with companies hoping to find help for their fellow NJDmoms. Bags of clothes filled cars and moms offered a shoulder to cry on. The day Hurricane Sandy hit was the day that being a New Jersey Digital Mom became an essential part of who I was.
We often talk, in the social media world, about relationships being the key to marketing in today’s world. While I believe this is true, without a doubt, far more than be marketed to, marketable, or being a marketer, the greatest of all is one of being a friend. Being that person that can reach out with a click of a mouse is a wonder to me and I am so thankful that I am living in a digital age. Crisis or no crisis, Hurricane Sandy or just a regular afternoon in New Jersey, I know that person on the other side of a computer screen has a story, a lesson to teach me, and I cannot wait to learn it. I never would have thought the group of New Jersey Digital Moms that came together to “just” network would teach me so much beyond the world of blogging. This just goes to show that the relationships we build today can amount to many things tomorrow. Many great things. For that, I am thankful!