Have YOU Found Your Tribe?

my beavers, SoFabCon 2014, #SoFabCon14
When bloggers go to conferences, we always hear the same words. Don’t get me wrong, there are many lessons to be learned and I always take them all in, but some words, some messages, are simply repeated time after time. Why? Because they’re THAT important. The one that resonates the most with me is simply “Have you found your tribe?”.

tribe

 noun \ˈtrīb\

: a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs

: a large family

: a group of people who have the same job or interest

Tribes are important y’all! Bloggers be bitches (and *ahem* brands) sometimes, and you need that tribe. You need them to lift you up, to bump ideas off of, to laugh, to cry, to support, to just…well be there when you need them. I’ve got them and everyone needs a tribe in all aspects of their lives. Both professionally, and personally.

Silly Tribe

My tribe, my beavers, hails from Michigan, California, North Carolina, and Texas (although that last one is painstakingly shy and absent from almost all of our photos). You might think it’s strange that my BEST FRIENDS in the whole wide world don’t live close to me, but it is what it is. These are my people. I love my people. We’re not a click (although we do wear pink on Wednesdays), and we do welcome anyone and everyone into whatever fun we can stir up. We’re a tribe. A strong group of like-minded women that aim to support, and love, one another no matter what our industry brings. A tribe. If I haven’t said this already, you need to find your tribe because these beautiful, strong women are invaluable in my every day life. I need them, and I hope that in turn, they need me.

To the outside world, we’re goofy, we’re a hot mess, we’re a bunch of nonsensical women that appear to need therapy. But on the inside, in our tribe, we’re supportive, strong, loving, and we have each other’s backs no matter what. Mess with me, you mess with my tribe.

Have you found your tribe?

Also, don’t forget about cross-tribing. Is that a word? OK, apparently it is now. My tribe has tribes. We cross tribe and that’s just as important as my tribe itself. Like-tribes flock together and support one another. We help each other grow, and we find happiness in each other’s successes.

FIND YOUR TRIBE!

I’m not going to say your life will be perfect once you find your tribe, but I can assure you, it will be so much better, so much more enriched than it is now. My tribe? I’ll love them until the day I die and I thank my lucky stars that we’re aligned and that they have my back, and that I have theirs.

Want to see how our tribe’s dynamics work? Be forewarned, we’re a random, hot mess, but we work well together and thankfully, one of us catches it all on video. This is one of our random trips to the best Walmart on the PLANET while we were in NW Arkansas for #SoFabCon14.

Have you found your tribe?

They Asked, I Said Yes…Today, I Begin a New Chapter

I've been lucky. Opportunities don't Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my book of life. Well actually, it solidifies all of the hard work I’ve been putting into this current chapter, so you could either consider it a new beginning or a great ending. Your call!

If I could choose the perfect company to work for, I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I’d choose Collective Bias.

If I could build the perfect website to uplift, help, and promote others, I’d build SoFabConnect.

If I could choose my own job and title, I’d choose to be SoFabConnect Manager.

If I could write my own job description, it would go something like this: UPLIFT OTHERS. Share fabulous content. Support and promote brands I love and trust. Feature fellow Social Fabric members that I want to promote, and uplift. Share the workings of the best company on the planet by highlighting team members and what they do to promote all of the above. Work with an amazing team to UPLIFT OTHERS. Inspire people, in their everyday lives, to craft, create amazing family meals, spend time with their family through amazing content created by the most creative people I know. And…UPLIFT OTHERS.

If I could choose two of the most supportive people I know, Brad Lawless and Sandy Jenney, to report to, I would.

If I could choose a team of coordinators to assist me in the growth of this site that will uplift others and brands, I’d choose three of the nicest and hardest working women I know, Mimi Baker, Heather Brummett, and April Decheine.

BUT, I didn’t have to choose. They chose me. How lucky am I? OK, maybe not totally luck. I’ve worked, and I’ve worked hard. I’ve contracted on many levels for over 2 years now. And you know what? They like me. They really, really like me. And today, I’m a full time employee for Collective Bias. You know what I’m doing? The job that I wrote for myself! How cool is that? Seriously, I feel like I’m living the dream.

Excited? You bet ya! Anxious and nervous? Yes, just a bit. But I’m ready to take this on and UPLIFT OTHERS. This is what I do. This is who I am. This is why I’m so PROUD to be associated with, and employed by, a company that truly “gets” me and knows that being a “cheerleader” is what I was meant to be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to work. I’m about to do some UPLIFTING and it feels awesome.

Yes, I know it’s UGLY, but I’m Under Construction!

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I guess I need to address this hot mess that was once Insanity is NOT an Option. Right now, it kind of is an option. I might be ready for one of those cute white jackets that’s designed to make you hug yourself before this is all over. For real. I need a hug.

You see, I’m switching from Blogger to WordPress. For those of you that don’t understand that, it’s OK. I’m just here to tell you that I realize this place is a MESS (and I’m totally not a fan of messes). For those of you that do understand, HOLD ME!

It took awhile to move me and I actually vanished for some time. There was a code missing. It was a pretty important code too. But with the help of some friends, we got through that (and I wasn’t hospitalized). But now, I’ve got THIS. This black, not very sparkly, complete ugly mess.

It’ll be fixed soon and I’ll be sparkling again in no time. This is temporary (keep telling yourself that Christy) and my designer has my back. She just spent more time porting than anticipated so she had to put me on the back burner for a bit with the design work. It’s a process. I need to be patient, but I’m not.

So yea, hold me, please and thank you and be sure to stop back by. I’m just under construction. I haven’t lost my mind…YET!