I love Instagram. I was sharing my sewing projects and outfits on Instagram for years before I ever said a peep on Facebook. In fact, I didn’t mention that I sewed until November of 2015. Part of my reticence was due to insecurity I’m sure – it’s a very intimate thing sharing your hobby with others. Turning your hobby into a business, though, requires you to be balls out with what you’re doing, much to my (somewhat) chagrin.
While I continue to get a ton of support from Facebook friends, the seamstresses from around the world that I’ve “met” through Instagram are near and dear to my heart. We comment on each other’s projects, provide encouragement, and rally around one another all in the name of sewing. That’s crazy, right?
One of my favorite things about sewing, and all creative hobbies for that matter, is the sense of community. We all share a love for a common thing and that makes us automatic friends. When I sang with the Knoxville Opera I didn’t so much enjoy the rehearsals; I enjoyed the time between performances talking and cutting up with new friends. I’ve concluded it’s not so important what you’re doing but that you connect with others who are doing the same, or similar, things.
Community is important, and for those of us running small businesses it’s hard to foster amidst our daily routine. Every. Single. Time I meet another seamstress my heart leaps. It’s as if I’ve unearthed a new best friend. It’s almost like being a child again, and meeting a kindred spirit. Even connecting with a seamstress from across the globe on social media has the same effect.
The first important step to “finding your tribe” is to talk about what you do! I’m hosting a potluck on Friday, October 21 to do just that – give others a chance to tell us what they do and why they love it. I’m constantly surprised and excited to learn what others are creating nearby.
Second, reach out to others and make friends. This gets harder the older we get, but I’ve never been turned down when I’ve asked someone to lunch or dinner. Pick their brain, feel the creative synergy, and bask in the glow of having found a fellow creative spirit.
Are you part of a creative community? How can you create one for yourself?