A little while ago I wrote a post about tips to keep the creative juices flowing. It was helpful to write them down and have them to hand for next time I get in a creative rut, but my friend Lois pointed out that I had missed off a key tip - spending time with creative friends. Such a good point! To be honest I can't believe I forgot it...but since I think it is so important I decided to give this tip its own blog post!
Having creative friends and people who understand what you do has been so important to me in my creative journey. I think one of my favourite things is when you meet someone who just seems to totally be on your creative wavelength and you just click and you can’t help it but share ideas and get excited about what each other is working on. Having friends to bounce ideas off and get feedback is such a helpful tool when it comes to running a small creative business - especially if they are in a similar boat.
I have been lucky that I have had some great creative friends that I've had since my art foundation course and from university. Sadly we don’t all live in the same place now but I know they are just a call or an email away and it is always great having their support and wisdom. More recently I have been making friends with fellow creative's based in London through the amazing worlds of Instagram and Twitter. I honestly can’t even tell you what an encouragement this has been to me.
To be honest about a year ago I was a bit unsure about meeting up with people who I knew online but not in real life - but about this time last year I went for dinner with the lovely Bianca and Samee and the rest as they say is history. More recently I have met up with Teri and Siobhan - just thought I would mention them too as they are both so darn lovely. Chatting to all these girls has been so inspiring and helpful!
So if you are shy and have been holding back from making and meeting internet friends for whatever reason but have been thinking about it can I encourage you to just go for it! Yes it can be a bit scary at first but in my experience it has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the wonderful online communities that are Twitter and Instagram.
Hope you are have a lovely Monday!