COMMUNITY

An Afternoon at Kitchens Cafe by Emily Margaret

So many new and interesting places are popping up in my little town and I couldn't love it more. Especially when good food is involved, am I right? Yesterday, my friend Kerri and I got to check out the Kitchens Cafe downtown and sample some of their dishes. Between the hand-thrown pottery, exposed brick walls, and of course, the delicious food, it will definitely be a place I plan on visiting regularly. And how cool is that iron door?

(Side note- anyone need me to come photograph and try their food? I'l gladly volunteer.) After you finish reading this post, head over to my youtube channel to see the behind the scenes video!

P.s. Check out the behind the scenes video here.

4 reasons Instagram is my favorite social media platform by Emily Margaret

There are more types of social media out there than the average person can keep up with and effectively use, with a new one seeming to pop up every week. I prefer to keep things simple, focusing on facebook, twitter, and instagram, with the latter being my favorite. Why do I love instagram so much? Let me count the ways...

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  1. Simple and clean interface. As you can tell by my blog, I'm a big fan of clean designs with white space. I love that instagram's design is very simple and focuses on the visual content, rather than having adds running in a sidebar or large text breaks.
  2. Beautiful photos. There are so, so many talented people using instagram sharing thousands of gourgeous photos. It's a photographer's dream.
  3. #Hashtags. When these things first appeared on the web, no one was completely sure how to use them, but now they're one of my favorite things. I use a few of my own to curate my photos (#emilymargaretphotography, #emilymargreads), and a few of my favorite popular hastags are #thatsdarling, #itssimplytuesday, #vscocam, and #liveauthentic.
  4. Networking and new friends. Through instagram, I've found a local group of creative entrepreneurs, made new friends, met online friends in person, and collaborated with other creatives. It's truly a unique and fun community of creative people.

What is your favorite social media platform? How has it helped you grow relationships and develop your creativity?

What is your fire? | #wearefireandlight by Emily Margaret

 "We are making a declaration that we are women of fire and light. We are provoking that same question in women as they come across what we’re doing; what is your fire and what will never stop you? This is about changing lives, changing the world. This is about using our voices to create the most colorful and brightest ruckus the world has ever seen. Join the movement."

I've mentioned before the groups I'm involved in, with one of them being #fireworkpeople. (If you aren't familiar with this amazing group, head over here and read a bit about it.) From October 19-21 I'm joining Ashley and many other talented, creative, passionate women in the #wearefireandlight campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to inspire women to ask themselves a question-what is your fire and what will never stop you?.

So, what is your fire?

It is the thing that makes you feel the most alive. It is the thing that when you do it, you feel like you are doing what you were made to do. It is the thing that you feel is your job in life to do. It is both an amazing thing, and a scary thing. It could be hard, it could make you feel uncomfortable. Really, it's a question that in some way, shape, or form, everyone on earth asks their self- what am I supposed to do with my life? What am I passionate about? What is my fire?

As a twenty-something, it's something I've been thinking about a lot, honestly. I know what I like to do, and I have somewhat of an idea of the skills and talents that I have. I know I love people, despite the messiness that comes along with all relationships. I know I love creating and that I was made in the image of my Creator, who created everything. And that's a good place to start. I don't think we'll every actually know exactly what it is we're supposed to do and exactly how and when to do it. It's a process, and I think it's a thing that can change as we ourselves change and learn and grow.

I am a part of the #wearefireandlight campaign. From October 19th to 21st, hundreds of women will declare to the world what their fire is. My fire is to love people and fear will not extinguish it. Join the movement here.

 

Creative Community by Emily Margaret

Creative community. As artists, we can get caught up in our work and be so focused that we don't really notice the others creating around us. I'll be honest- until this year, I was totally guilty of that myself.

Fast forwards to now- I've joined a local group, several Facebook groups, and have created new friendships through instagram and twitter, and it's been awesome.

So why do I think it's important to have a creative community?

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-You have friends who understand why you do what you do. As they themselves are creative people, they know why making and creating is an important part of life. They understand why you always need some form of creative outlet, or the struggles of being an entrepreneur.

-Idea brainstorming. Creative blocks happen to the best of us, so having people to bounce ideas off of is a great thing. Different people have difference perspectives, and that thing you're stuck on won't seem so bad when you tell someone about it.

-Collaboration (one of my favorite words). Your friends don't have to do the same thing as you for you to work together. I think the more diverse your creative community is, the better. My local Pursuit community group has many photographers, but we also have people who do calligraphy, style blogging, modeling, makeup artistry, and videography. Because of the diversity, we can collaborate and create things that we wouldn't be able to do by ourselves (a.k.a. we could take over the world with our combined talents).

-Accountability. You know that one project you keep talking about starting/doing/finishing? Having a group of friends who know what you're working on can keep you accountable, giving you a push to set goals and #MakeItHappen.

Do you have a creative community? What is one of your favorite things about having a group of creative friends?