When it comes to the idea of making friends as an adult, I used to cringe. I won’t lie, I’m not always the best at it, at truly letting people in. It’s something Mitchel and I talk about regularly and I have been working on for a while. I know that a great community that you can be vulnerable with is essential to this life we live.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a group of people who are all a part of the wedding industry! It’s a local chapter of the Rising Tide Society group, which is a group that has smaller groups of entrepreneurs all over the USA.
“In May of 2015, Rising Tide hosted its first set of local meetups in twelve cities across the United States. Coffee shops and wineries filled with small business owners seeking a new mindset in the creative landscape—one built on relationships. Creatives who typically spent day after day sitting at their desks with only the hum of the computer and their third cup of coffee to keep them company now had the opportunity to engage in community within their own towns.”
Before I get into why this was a big deal for me, I’ll give you my back story if you’re new around here. Last Friday (9/28) was my last day at my full time job, therefore, the wedding we photographed on Sunday (9/30) was my first wedding as a full time photographer! With this change comes lots of emotions for me. You can read more about that here.
Since running my own business brings excitement, fear, and a lot of unknown, what a better time to meet with a group of other wedding photographers and in this case, an awesome wedding coordinator too!
I got to hear from a fellow wedding photographer from Greenville and the wedding coordinator/bridal shop owner about systematizing things within my business to be more productive and efficient! This group of ladies was encouraging and cheered each other on! It was a great pick-me-up after a crazy week of learning what this full-time thing might look like for me. Sometimes it’s just great to know that there are others around you who know what you’re going through and are there to give you a pat on the back or help you through difficult situations.
If you’re a entrepreneur, local to Anderson, I’d encourage you to join and try out the monthly meetings, “Tuesday’s Together”! I don’t think you’ll regret it!