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
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
Kelley Miller http://www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com
Kelly Corso- http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hoernig – http://kellyhoernig.blogspot.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 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