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?”.
: a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs
: a large family
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.
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?