During this season of gratitude, I have been thinking a lot about the big life changes my family has experienced over the past four months:
Moving to a new state (and living away from the West Coast for the first time).
Selling and buying a home within a two week span.
Saying goodbye to a community we’ve known and loved for 15 years.
Working remotely for the first time.
New baby on the way in just a few weeks.
And after all the stress and sadness and sickness (man, pregnancy takes a lot out of you), I’m more grateful now than ever, as I’ve seen the positive results of being both vulnerable and resilient and jumping into the unknown feet first.
What’s hit me strongly in this reflection time is how much my life parallels the lives of people I have been speaking to for the past year and half.
When you’re *new,* to a community, job, school or team, it can take some getting use to. There’s a process of joining, of understanding the culture, of learning names and faces, of creating connection and trust. This can take some time—on top of all the other normal life tasks you are performing.
Bring in Pogo. Some common phrases we hear about what stops people from carpooling is “I don’t know anyone who has the same schedule”, or “lives near me”, or “attends the same class.” Pogo answers these questions—with photos, bios, and other important details that helps to create trust.
I’ll be honest—I really didn’t need Pogo when we lived in Seattle. My schedule was so regular and I knew most everyone in our school—most importantly those that lived near me. My kids were young and all of their after-school activities were done at school (because at the time I didn’t have the bandwidth to cart them around town, guess I could have used Pogo).
But now in in Dallas, it’s invaluable. To have the tables flipped and be the one in need of new contacts, activities, and trusted connections brings me a whole new appreciation of what our team has been working so hard on since launching Pogo.
It’s the little things, like the map function where you can see a picture of the Pogo user and where they live (not a specific address until you choose to connect). Street names or even neighborhoods mean nothing to me in our new (huge) city—but this visual has given me a lay of the land so to speak on where my support system is located.
And also carpooling for us usually means a playdate to follow. We’ll head to our house until the other parent is off of work. Once they arrive, that usually leads to either a quick catch up visit or to maybe sharing a meal or glass of wine while the kids keep playing. It creates a whole new community that we are thankful to have created through carpooling.
Currently, I do the majority of the driving, since it works with my schedule. But after the baby arrives next month, it will switch. I’m already grateful for the ability to easily schedule my kiddos rides, see when they are on their way home, and communicate with the other parent. There will be enough going on with a newborn (three kids! my oh my) to have to fuss with the big kid’s schedules.
So I really do have so much to be grateful for this time of year. Health, family, and my job, which enables me to fulfill my passion for helping to connect families. Who knew my own family would be one of many that have been so positively impacted by our app.
Thank you to the team that created and launched Pogo—Melissa, John, Kaveh, Mei and Mark, for all you’ve done to bring it to life. Wishing you and Pogo users everywhere a joyous Thanksgiving.
Happy cooking and carpooling!