The 3 Friends You Need as a Creative (+Plus a Giveaway – closed)!

I am so excited to be partnering with Simon Teen on this giveaway!

I’ve been spending the past few weeks really working on myself.

Lately, I’d been feeling a bit disconnected from things; my work, the blog and even myself. Something wasn’t clicking and it was impacting every area of my life.

March was a tough month for me personally, but when April came around I was determined to get out of my funk, regain some focus and start feeling back to myself again.

I started with a lot of journaling. Working through all of the thoughts in my head, the ideas that I had and things I’d been feeling. Writing (naturally) is usually my go to for working things out when I can’t find a way to express what’s going on in my head. I love my friends, but if you can’t even articulate what you’re going through, asking for help is a little challenging.

Still I wrote my way through, and finally got to a point where I could tell my friends exactly what I needed help with. And luckily, they’re always down to help.

When I started reaching out to my crew to share some thoughts and bounce ideas off of people, it hit me just how many of them I’d met through blogging! I’ve been sharing bits of my life online for a few years now and have been fortunate to meet some amazing creative women.

Everyone brings something new and different to the table. I know I can go to any of them for advice on different things and get practical, sound and caring responses that will actually be useful.

It’s an important support system to have.

In this new release, Emergency Contact by Mary E. K. Choi, our main characters Penny and Sam exchange numbers after an awkward meeting and become digitally inseparable. Together, they work through life’s challenges, their anxieties and their dreams over text message. Even without being face to face, the two become the support the other has always needed.

Does this sound familiar?!

It’s exactly how so many of my friendships online have been formed.

They meet each other and are able to be exactly what the other needs in that moment, in a way that works for them both. Via text. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this book, plus some other goodies, keep reading!

There are three essential friend types that you need as a creative:

The Business Maven: The person who will help you reconfigure your rates or clean up your pitches. This person is always down to talk about income strategies, landing pages and email funnels. You’ll most likely find them working on a strategic plan or in the business/self help section of Barnes and Noble.

The Instagrammer: No photographer? No Problem? This person is always photo ready and will have her camera and phone out to snap new photos before you can even say “would you mind getting a photo of me here?” They already know your best angles, and that 30 shots of each pose just to find that one to post on Instagram. You’ll find this person getting the perfect shot of their latte in a cafe.

The Idealist: This is the person you call when you just cannot work your way through an idea. They’ll probably meet up with you with a friend notebook page or huge post it board ready to help you map out that next endeavor. They encourage you to dream bigger and scale your ideas to the next level. You’ll find this person adding to another Pinterest board planning out a secret, creative project.

I’m lucky to have each of these friend types in my life and even have a few friends who embody all three, like Jordan and Callie.

The Giveaway

Simon Teen is partnering with me to get this book and a few other items in your hands! Here’s what you have a chance to win:

  • A copy of Emergency Contact by Mary E.K. Choi (just released March 27, 2018)
  • A pop socket to help you hold your phone while chatting with your digital besties
  • A Herschel Supply Co. backpack to be ready for whatever phase is next!

All you have to do to enter is follow me on Instagram and like this photo. For extra entries, tag one of your digital or real life best friends in the comments!

I can’t wait to read this book and am so excited to have the chance to share it with all of you, too!



  1. April 6, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Great giveaway! Entering now & adding this book to my to-read list, even if I don’t win. Funny you should mention “The Instagrammer” friend, BTW, because I got coffee with a new IG friend last week, & we agreed to get together over the summer for some fun photo shoots for one another. AND I showed her your profile, in particular, as someone whose coordinated aesthetic I aspire to!

  2. April 7, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    That’s so true! The majority of the collection of women friends online, I met via blogging, including my best friend in real life! I love having so many women in my space to be able to sort through my ideas with. Although they give me the space to dream big, they help me create a game plan to manifest those dreams in reality. I love the creativity and the business minds of the women I look up to the most and have found ways to learn from all of them, even if we’re not in the same industry. It’s a pretty phenomenal experience, for sure!

    xo, Chymere A. // @ChymereA on IG + @ChyAmbition on Twitter

  3. April 8, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    I’m totally the Instagram husband for my friends! I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made through the blogosphere and the ones I’ve made in real life–not mutually exclusive! Love reading books that have an online element to them 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • April 24, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      I’m thankful to have you as a reader!! It’s great how blogging brings people to each other!

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