By: Natalie Jean
Finding a group of friends that you click with can be hard, especially if you live in a new area or somewhere that doesn't have a lot of people. Finding a creative community can be even harder. When you need someone to bounce ideas off of over a cup of coffee, need constructive criticism, or just need someone to hold the camera... finding those people can be hard! We've brainstormed a little and tried to come up with a few ways that might be able to help.
1. Get Involved! Whether there's a book club that meets at a local library, art classes, community choir, or even bingo nights- get involved. Never thought of yourself as a bowler? Join a beginner's league anyway! It may sound like something that you're not into, or wouldn't be good at but you never know, and you'll meet new people who might love some of the same things you do!
2. Join an online community! We absolutely love meeting new people at our events and online through Facebook and Instagram. We also love other online communities for bloggers, artists, and other creatives. Until you have a chance to meet other people in your area, get plugged in online and get encouragement, constructive criticism, and build relationships!
3. Find a Pen Pal! This may not necessarily help in the creative department, but find a friend who you can write letters to. It will give you something to look forward to, a person to keep in touch with and share your life updates and feelings with, and also keep those long distance friendships thriving.
4. Take a Trip! Let's face it. Some places are just really rural and you don't have much to do. Plan a trip to see some friends or family. It'll do your soul some good. Need a creativity fix or an entrepreneurial influence? Find a workshop or conference to attend. You'll meet new people and have your creative spirit fed.
5. Create your own event or creative circle. Why not get all your local friends together and have a book club or knitting circle? Make some homemade candles or soap. Teach your very own workshop and invite people from work, church, or some of the other parents you see at the bus stop/PTO meetings. It might seem intimidating or you may feel inexperienced, but you just have to take the first step. Once you make a plan and gather supplies and spread the word, your that much closer to creating the community you've been looking for!