Having a wonderful weekend with one of my most favorite humans little Lyzi, this was us yesterday hanging out at Rough Trade being all sassy and in other words amazing! haha Today I also got to hang out and have brunch with my favorite blogger ladies (Lyzi, liv, kristable and jazz) and bouncing blog ideas and chatting is just what I needed, its lovely to be able to snap food photos without weird looks and this got me thinking… So today’s staying creative blog post has taken a little twist from its original proposed idea, today we are going to talk about staying creative and having the right people around you.
After I left uni i really struggled to stay creative on my own, I no longer had people around me who were pushing their boundaries and achieving amazing things, I felt a little lost in the big wide world without my best friends (who were all graphic designers, illustrators and artists) I felt truly lost. So i decided to create my own little creative world through my blog and twitter which at the time was an absolute God send and it allowed me to meet some of the loveliest creatives, I once again started interacting with people who felt and thought the same way that I did and it really spurred me on. I am
I am still in contact with all my university friends but meet ups can be few and far between now that we are all pursuing different lives. But its always lovely to share a phone call from time to time to spur our dreams on. As lovely as my parents are they say they love everything of mine (i think they have to me being their daughter and all) and aren’t really into creativity.
Most of my creative friends are still spread across the four corners of the world but one thing I have learned is that having like minded people around you, to talk to and bounce ideas off is one of the best feelings if you are creative to know you are perusing something that is worth while with people that will want to see you do well.
I think this Mark Twain quote speaks volumes
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions, small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang oyt with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.
I’m not saying don’t have friends who aren’t creative, its always wonderful to have a great mix of people surrounding you try and find people who are positive and see joy in what you do. You really don’t want people who make you feel like your dreams are unattainable, I recently wrote a blog post about a toxic friendship that made me feel like the worst version of myself.
So if like me at times you like to be alone but at the same time love the company of diverse minds maybe..
Find a studio space…if you don’t like working alone, it might be an idea to look into renting a studio space, there are plenty of websites you can search for your desired location and price workspace.co.uk is a great place to start.
Get on your social media…tweet people and start conversations everyone is a stranger till you start talking to them, what I use to do would be to read blogs and find their twitter accounts through that and spark up a conversation, (I promise I am not a creep)
Blogs…Reading an inspiring blog is (like to me) having a conversation with that person getting a peek into their life when i am reading blogs I never feel alone creatively. Blog events if you are ever invited are great places to meet people, who are similar in fashion, creativity and outlook on life.
Get out…go to meet ups, or poetry nights at local coffee shops, go to knit classes expand your horizons.
Workshops, are great places to meet knew people who are like minded, I know Company magazine do events (presentations, networking etc) , museums do workshops and chats, V&A seem to do fab ones.
Remember at the end of the day creating work can be a little lonely and that’s ok for a time but it is always nice to get out in the real world, meet knew people and create contacts and remember having great creative people around you will spur you on to wonderful things. Even if they aren’t creative having friends, work colleges that make you laugh and people that rid you of those sad, lonely and isolating thoughts are the best kinds of people.