There’s something really magical about being surrounded by fellow artists. That energy that everyone feeds off of and gives to, that sense of community and belonging. That’s what I missed the absolute most when I graduated college – suddenly, my community was gone. I didn’t know how much I respected it and flourished in it till I didn’t have it anymore. It shouldn’t have come as a shock; I knew I was graduating. But what I didn’t realize is how bittersweet graduating was; beyond having a degree, it meant leaving a community (or getting abruptly thrown out in a cap and gown, whichever).
Friends and family are great supporters, but there’s something a little extra special about connecting with another artist, don’t you think? They just get it. Luckily, thankfully, I’ve connected with fellow artists over the last three and a half years. This year especially has been amazing as far as community goes.
I know this is just a blog sitting out in the interwebs, not a forum or a site, and it’s not a “community” in the traditional sense. But I’m definitely feeling blessed to have found a missing piece of my own art experience here. That’s maybe, probably, the thing I feel is my biggest success this year – connecting you guys.
Keeping that in mind, I posed this question on Twitter: What’s one success you’ve had this year? Here’s a few awesome responses:
Candy from @CandiedFabrics: 3 magazine articles! Those led to TV apperances and more articles in the pipeline!
Amanda from @PrimandPropah: Getting a blog up and running!
Jescalyn from @PeachHoneyLove: Cut back my hours at work, feeling more inspired than ever, & started video blogging and have increased my presence on the web.
Michelle from @Michabella: I’ve had my busiest holiday season to date.
Aren’t those awesome? So, your turn: what’s one success you’ve had this year?
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