Six Reasons Why It’s Important to Find Your Tribe

This past summer I took part in a Kelly Rae Roberts course called Flying Lessons: Tips & Tricks to Make Your Creative Business Soar. It was a great course! And the learning and support is still going on via a Facebook group that I’m a part of. Today the participants decided to do a blog hop, all talking about how the course made a difference for us. Here’s my post about the importance of gathering a tribe of like-minded people around you. Links to the other participants’ posts are included at the end of it.

Six Reasons Why It’s Important to Find Your Tribe

I consider myself one lucky woman.

As I’ve moved through the weeks and months of starting a new business I’ve been particularly blessed in the support that I’ve received from both people that I do and don’t know. And it has got me thinking how important it is for all of us to find a community where we feel accepted and supported and energized to do the things we want to do.  Some people call this a “tribe” – a group of people you’ve gathered around you who are your kind of people. They may be your friends or family who know you in “real” life, or they may be wonderful connections you’ve met online. Either way, finding your tribe is an important step in doing what you love.

Here are six reasons why:

1. Your tribe understands your drive for something more. Some folks are happy with the status quo – they don’t need something more.  Other folks are always looking for the next creative endeavour they can undertake. If you’re the latter (like me), find others who are too.

2. You can turn to your tribe when times are TOUGH. When you’re rejected, when you’re sad, when you’re angry…you can call upon your tribe to buoy you up. And they will. (Chances are, they’ve been there too and they’ll know what to say.)

3. You can turn to your tribe when times are GREAT. Not everyone loves to share in other people’s successes, but your tribe does. They are genuinely pleased for you when your life is awesome. They’re not caught up in their own “stuff” at that moment, but just celebrating YOU. You need that.

4. Your tribe can help you more because they know what you’re talking about. Not everyone in our inner circle always understands the nature of our business, whether we’re artists or trainers or hair stylists or writers or whatever our calling happens to be. Our spouses or family members might love us but they might not have a clue as to what it means to do what we do. But your tribe does. If you gather a group of people around you that are doing what you do, they might be able to help you get where you want to go faster because they’re on the same path. They know what to do.

5. Connecting with your tribe is good for your health. It’s no shock that researchers have found out that not doing what we love makes us sick. Surrounding yourself with supportive people who are also making strides to live their best life helps keeps you happy and healthy. Hey, we’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine!

6. Your tribe “gets” you. Not everybody does. (And that’s OK.)

So, go find your tribe! They are waiting for you…

Here are all the other participants of the blog hop – many of them are artists so enjoy the beauty of hopping!

Amaranthine Violet http://magic-gypsy.blogspot.com/

Amy Hillenbrand  http://amyhillenbrand.blogspot.com

Beatriz Peñas B. http://beatrizbepe.blogspot.com/

Carmen Patti – http://carmenpattistudio.com

Carol Bray     http://theredpaintedcottage.blogspot.com

Christina Fajardo http://christinafajardo.blogspot.com/

Cindy Jones Lantier — http://www.lantier.org

Connie Rawlins – http://www.dabblinginlife.blogspot.com

Dana Brock – http://www.dzynbydana.blogspot.com

Deborah Velásquez-http://deborahvelasquez.blogspot.com

Elissa Brown- http://thefreckledarmy.blogspot.com

Hillary Courson — http://www.hillarycourson.com

Jacquie Williamson – http://www.jacquiewilliamson.blogspot.com

Jane Paynting  http://inkspiredwings.wordpress.com

Janet Forrest http://tatterednworn.wordpress.com/

Jennifer DeVille http://jenniferdeville.com/blog

Jill Lambert – http://www.jill-lambert.blogspot.com

Julie Hamilton   http://spaark.wordpress.com

Kanchan Mahon – http://Kanchan-Mahon.blogspot.com/

Karen Claverie http://giddyupletsride.blogspot.com

Kari DeSaulnier – http://karidesi.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Conard http://newfromoldcreations.blogspot.com/

Kathleen McKinnon- http://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog.html

Kathy May-http://kathymaydesigns.org

Kelley Miller http://www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com

Kelly Corso- http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/

Kelly Hoernig – http://kellyhoernig.blogspot.com

Kim Hyer-http://www.apaperaddict.com/

Kris Lanae Binsfeld –  http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com

Lenore Angela –http://www.lenoreangela.blogspot.com/

Linda Barutha —http://lindabaruthadesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Michele Products – http://www.lisamicheleproducts.blogspot.com/

Liza Zeni Baker – http://www.lizazeni.wordpress.com

Lori Leissner–http://leissnerart.blogspot.com

Lori Moon — http://lorimoonstudio.blogspot.com

Mary Sterk – http://justmarydesigns.wordpress.com

Megan Schmitt  http://schmittenwithwords.blogspot.com

Melanie Douthit http://douthitgallery.blogspot.com

Michelle Dwyer http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/

Michelle Reynolds – http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/

Rachél Payne (Rae)  http://collectingyourself.wordpress.com/

Rain Hannah – http://honeyandollie.com/

Rhiannon Connelly – http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com

Ruth-Mary Smith http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.com

Sherry Richert Belul – http://simplycelebrate.net/cherry-blossom-soup

Shirley Ann http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/

Stacey Chadwick Brown –  http://staceybrownarts.blogspot.com/

Susan M. Walls-Beverly – http://www.susanscharmingtrinkets.blogspot.com

Teresa Cash-Czech http://asmilemaker.com

Tina Carlborg – http://tinachicky.blogspot.com

Tonya Love –  http://passport2creativity.com

Ursula Smith http://www.EasyScraps.com/blog

Zulma Cadena  http://edustory.wordpress.com

34 thoughts on “Six Reasons Why It’s Important to Find Your Tribe

  1. Beth, what a thoughtful post! All those reasons for a tribe — I agree and I’m enjoying the benefits of being in our creative tribe. It’s wonderful to see everyone spreading their wings. And the creativity of this group is so inspiring.

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  2. Wow! This is truly the beauty of the Internet. It lets us connect in so many more ways and facilitates finding our tribe. I am so glad you have this and that you’re sharing its value with all of us. Woohoo!

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  3. Great Post Beth, It is so true, we do need to have our tribe. It’s funny sometimes I will say to someone you need to find your tribe and they look at me as if I was from outer-space. This reaction definitely tells me they are not of my tribe.

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    • Hi amyhillenbrand! Sometimes I use the words ‘kindred spirits’ which always makes me think of Anne of Green Gables when I say it, but there you go. It’s a good phrase too.

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  4. Hey there, Beth! You’re in BC. So am I, Abbotsford. It was really great to see your blog and read your post. But you have no “Follow, thingy. Boo. No biggy, I’ll come back again. Talk to you soon. =:0)

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    • Hi lenoreangela, nice to meet a fellow BC’er! Thanks for visiting. As for following, you can find my RSS feed at the top or you can sign up to receive my posts by email. Or am I missing another way that I can set things so that you can follow me? I might need to be enlightened here. Thanks!

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  5. Thank you all for visiting and commenting! I’m so glad that talking about tribe really struck a chord with all of you. Can’t wait to visit some more blog hops…

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  6. Well said. So true about finding your tribe. I really feel like I fit in somewhere. There are so many people in “real” life who don’t understand what it’s like to be creative. On the other hand, I don’t understand what it’s like not to be. It’s awesome to have a place to go to share whatever is going on with you!

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  7. Beth–great post. I love to hear your reaffirm what I’m feeling about all you fellow flyers! I do finally feel like someone “gets me”–something I didn’t have with my family and friends who aren’t into the creative arts. Thanks for being a part of this great group. I feel like my life is so much richer with a caring group.

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  8. Beth …great post on Tribe and the importance of having one..!
    Have you read Seth Godin’s book “Tribes: We Need You to Lead US?”
    Great book..I think you touch on a lot of what he writes about..
    Thank you for sharing your insight!

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  9. I am “out” on the blog hop while I wait for some glue to dry. I love this post, a tribe is so important! One of the really wonderful things about the internet is the way it allows us to find our own people wherever they may be in the “real” world!

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  10. Hey there Beth! Sorry to be so late in visiting and saying hello. (My flying got slowed down a bit!) But am happy I stopped by today cuz I really loved your well-written message! Inspiring and uplifting! Thanks. Happy Friday Fly Girls!

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