In nurturing our creative selves, oftentimes we need a community, a circle of friends, a tribe to support us on our creative journey. These can be friends and family we hold near and dear, who know our dreams, our secrets and shortcomings. They can also be colleagues who help us navigate toward our career goals or virtual friends on social media who cheer us on through new projects or life changes. In essence, they inspire and guide us to offer the world our unique skills and talents. You get to determine the extent of your tribe, and this book will help you figure out how to do that.
I’d like to share two other intentions I had when writing We Inspire Me. First, it was important for me to highlight people who I truly admire and respect—folks who are living out their creative lives. Throughout these pages, you’ll meet some friends I’ve known for years and others I’ve only connected with virtually. Sadly, because a book can only be so long, I couldn’t fit in all the people I wanted to feature. Even so, I think you’ll find a nice range of ideas and perspectives from people across multiple disciplines and backgrounds.
Another intention in writing this book was to celebrate my own creative community. When I think about the growth of my blog, the artwork I’ve sold, and the books I’ve created, I know they were successful in part because of the people who have supported my creative endeavors over the years. Without them, I couldn’t do what I do. In writing this book, I was constantly reminded of how powerful we are in numbers, how much we need each other to thrive, and how grateful I am to see this show up so often in my life and work.
Thank you, and I truly hope you'll be inspired to check out We Inspire Me.