We often talk about having a sense of place. Ryan Frederick opens up this exploration with fresh lenses. Frederick, CEO of Smartliving 360 presents options for where to live during life transitions in his new book Right Place Right Time. The theme that ties all his housing options together is the need for community, a sense of belonging and connecting. The right place is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s about people, community and belonging, particularly as one enters the second half of life, also known as the Third Half. Right Place + Right Community= Belonging.
Frederick provides research, insights and tools for assessing the right place for the chapter of our lives. He looks at things through geographic lenses, types of housing, health, wellness, technology and community. Each chapter provides insights into the pros and cons of the different types of housing along with the types of community associated with those places.His dashboard assessment gives you the tools to assess your current living situation through the lenses of purpose, social connection, physical well being, financial well being and place.
Frederick will be interviewed on January 19th at 5pm EST by Caroline Brecker, cofounder of Third Half Advisors. Sign ups for this zoom discussion are open now and complimentary.
I have been reading Frederick’s book and Brene Brown’s new book, Atlas of the Heart at the same time. It is a fascinating intersection of content because at the heart of both authors writings is human connection. Brown and Frederick are believers in the importance of community, connection and belonging for happy, healthy lives.
Brown writes…”we can feel belonging only if we have the courage to share our authentic selves with people…” What if as you explore housing options you were also looking for places where you could be your most authentic self?
Belonging is not about the number of friends in a space. Researchers Gregory Walton and Shannon T. Brady define belonging as “a more general inference, drawn from cues, events, experiences and relationships about the quality of fit or potential fit between oneself and setting. It is experienced as a feeling of being accepted, included, respected in and contributing to a setting, or anticipating the likelihood of developing that feeling.”
If you are considering relocating perhaps some guiding questions might include:
- How will I know if my new location will be a fit?
- Can I be my most authentic self in this new location?
- Who will be in my community that is also striving to live authentically?