My Rising Tide Society Experience

Hey guys, I hope you're having a great week! I wanted to share another #realtalk with you and reflect a little about a group that means so much to me!

If you are a creative and you haven't heard of the Rising Tide Society you need to go check them out! It is such a great resource for all creatives. Through them, I found my Tuesday Together group and I just wanted to share a little bit about them! 

This is a group that meets monthly to talk about different topics, whether its clients, finance or personalities.  There are all different types of creatives in the groups but I will have to say it heavily leans towards wedding photographers, which I'm not mad about.  This group of people has been such an amazing resource for me! 

Most of my friends don't ask about my blog and it's sorta hard to communicate about it but this group has allowed me to talk all things creative and not.  It was great to really find this group that, no matter the profession, just got it.  They understood that creativity ebbs and flows, it's hard, takes a ridiculous amount of work, and despite almost quitting all the time we are all there because we love it.  

I have made friends and found a group that rally's around it members and lots of collaborations. Last time I was there someone was new and they were struggling to really find a group for this large part of their life. And I saw a lot of myself in her and my advice was, "show up".  There have been so many times I've come home from work and been like "I don't want to mingle" or "that sounds a like a lot of work" but its important.  All the tools and resources are at your fingertips you just have to show up.  (I'm trying to live this as more of a life motto)

I had no idea this type of community exsisted and its free.  So I wanted to share it with you because it is such a great resources.  I have met so many amazing people that support me and always greet me with wide open arms.  Which I never in all my 9 times moving have ever experienced! It is also VERY cool to see these creatives grow within their profession.  I get so inspired by how they push themselves out of their comfort zone.  They also show up for me any time I ask for support.  It's truely incredible.

Again, its just amazing to be a part of a group that understands such a big part of my life, collaborated and is uplifting! 

Here is the link to all the cities they are available in! PS the Rising Tide Society offers a lot of amazing resources for creatives! 

Are you in any groups? I'd love to hear about it!  

Hitting the Reset Button

Have you just ever needed to take a step back and need to take a break? This past month we have been the busiest we have ever been and this summer is not letting up.  I was feeling so overwhelmed and uninspired.  The blog felt like such a chore which just made me sad.  So I took a break and I wanted to let you know when I did during that break that helped me get back to it and feeling inspired. This post is a little creative focused but I think it can apply to a lot of things in our life. 

First - I allowed myself to step away.  I did what I needed to keep it going but beyond that, I just stepped away. Being able to do this and not feeling guilty the whole time was huge.  It just felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.

Centered - I did things that helped to center me, I meditated, journaled, went for walks.  I thought about how drained I felt and overwhelmed and I just sat with it for a while.  I didn't force myself to get over it or push through.  By no means was I trying to throw a pity party I just allowed myself to feel.

Do Something - I had to just do some things that made me happy.  Instead of making time for to-do list I just did some things to make me smile. For me, this was getting outside, reading a book and doing something creative in a different way, like drawing. 

Wasting Time - I stopped doing things that wasted my time.  For instance, I am a binge watcher, I love binge watching but I realized how at the end I felt so unproductive.  I didn't feel good or satisfied.  Where if I sat down and just watched one episode and that's ALL I did, no multitasking, I felt like that was so much more enjoyable! Applying this to several things freed up time I didn't feel like I had and allowed me to be a lot more productive, which made me feel less overwhelmed and happier. 

Ease Into It - I sorta let the blog & other things come to me.  I didn't force it and just jump straight in with both feet. I think after needing such a break this was important.  If I felt inspired I sat down and wrote for a while but it was now because I wanted to and not because I felt I had to.

Sometimes we just go so much we burn out and it feels like we will never be able to get back into the swing of things.  But taking these steps really helped me.  I also felt like these were stages to a certain extent and I let the first stage end before going on to the next.  I knew I couldn't rush this program and I just needed to go with the flow.  

Have you ever felt like this before?  What did you do to "reset"?