If home is first, and work is second, what's the third place you spend a lot of your time? Think of it as a Cheers-esque kind of venue. Where is it that "everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came"?
Is it your local Starbucks where the barista knows you like your chai latte extra hot, or the Panera around the corner from your house where your book group always meets? What's the place that your community gets together to share life?
My third place is really less of a place and more of a group-of-people/day-of-the-week type of thing. It's the crew that I get together with every Monday night where we laugh, talk, pray, share, dream and discuss. It's a safe place where I can break into a million pieces and know they'll be there to help me pick them back up again. It's community at community's best.
Our lives are meant to be lived together. It's such an important piece of the way we were created. We're better together, and our third place usually represents that. When I'm struggling with something, these awesome ladies struggle and pray right along with me. When I'm excited about something, they're excited for me (or at least put up with my over-excitability). They adore my kids. They support my marriage. They hold me accountable. They help ground me in my faith.
I'm stronger because of them—in my faith, my parenting, my marriage, in everything—and I'm so very thankful they're my people, my third place.