#squadgoals.

This past year alone we have seen such a trend in the usage of the term #squadgoals. I think it is safe to say we can thank T.Swift for this movement and her squad of some pretty awesome celebrities.

As "squad goals" is yet to be defined by Miriam Webster, Bustle would define it as:

Squad Goal (skwäd/ɡōl) (noun) (plural noun: squad goals): an aspirational term for what you’d like your group of friends to be or accomplish.

This movement of having an awesome "squad", is something that I've given some thought to over the past few years. I think having said squad is critical to every transition I have made in my life. Moving to a new city or place brings much uncertainty to what your squad will look like. 

I have found it is so important in every transition you make, whether it is graduating from college and moving to a new apartment in a big city or whether you are taking a leap of faith in a new professional career later in your 20s, to find those people who will lift you up, encourage you, and be your squad. These people whether, physically in that new place or friends or family from afar, are your team, your supporters, the ones who will be there for you and be by your side every step of the way - they are your squad and they are your community.

My Grad School Squad was legit #squadgoals

My Grad School Squad was legit #squadgoals

 

One of my favorite definitions I found of community is from Google's dictionary (so scholastic, I know) and it says it is,

a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

This definition eloquently says why it is so important that we find our people. It feels good to have this fellowship and share common interests and goals with others.

Our "person(s)", our "squads", our communities are what we need to be the best versions of ourselves. Connection is critical. Our brains are literally wired to connect (check it out here). It wasn't until I had graduated from George Mason University and moved to a completely new state, that I realized that the people I surround myself with and the people I choose to stay in touch with are some of the most important people in my life. I have taken that with me everywhere I have gone since then (which has been Florida, Missouri, and now Tennessee). 

To the new graduates, the high school and college classes of 2016, the friends taking a leap of fate, go out there, find your squads, find your people, and achieve those #squadgoals, you'll be glad you did.