Every day, I am so grateful to be able to live in a city full of so many creative people. Graphic designers, event planners, bloggers, artist and developers can all usually be found just a table away from me in a coffee shop, hustling away beside me.
I feel even more fortunate to be able to call so many creatives friends. Seriously, I run with a pretty talented and incredible crew of creatives. From amazingly talented illustrators (and honestly, that’s an understatement for all that this girl can do), to photographers with amazing eyes for composition and PR/graphic design extraordinaire with amazing projects on the horizon. My friends motivate and inspire me more than anything else, and I’m grateful for the community we have together.
We’ve done projects together, hired one another, referred one another and, most importantly, we hold each other accountable.
There is so much I would not have accomplished if my friends hadn’t motivated me to believe that I could. So many opportunities I wouldn’t have put myself out there for if not for their unwavering support.
I’ve meet so many amazing people through blogging who have gone from being people I follow to friends that I care about, share with and receive crazy amounts of support from. Friends who understand why spending $50 on photo props or spending all day taking online courses is more appealing than a relaxing weekend shopping or going out.
Friends who will spent 6 hours in a coffee shop with you, because they’re working on their hustle, too.
When you decide to veer off of a tradition path, some of your friends and love ones aren’t going to get it. And they won’t support you.
Not because they don’t care. They absolutely care! But they can’t see the end from where you’re standing. They see risk and uncertainty and they want safety and security for you.
And while they mean well, being surrounded by people who keep telling you what it looks like rather than what you’re working towards isn’t going to get you any closer to your goals. You need a support system who not only understands what you’re going through, they’re going through it too. They understand the reality of what you’re working towards and can encourage, motivate and help you get to where you’re going.
If you haven’t found your people yet, it’s time to break out of that shell a bit. As someone who is more introverted, I know this may not come naturally to everyone, so you can start small.
Challenge yourself to go to one event or meet up every quarter, and introduce yourself to someone new. Maybe you don’t make a ton of personal connections on the spot, but follow up, and ask people for coffee. Start genuine conversations on social media. Ask people to coffee.
Those little connections will go a long way on your overall creative journey. It’s been one of the most valuable parts of mine.