After you know the right people, who those people are, and have taken the time to listen to them, you can then easily transition to being understood. The key to being understood is to clearly and concisely convey what you are interested in doing.
Two years ago, same time of year, I was making behavior-shifting pacts with myself. I know it was this time of year because it was a few weeks before I was to run the Boston Marathon and I was not ready despite my training. Frankly I would never be ready.
Living in a world of always connected but never connected has become an epidemic form of reality out there. Anxiety and stress seem to be rising everywhere, and yet most people are responding as though there's no choice.