When I think about all the incredible people I’ve met and gotten to know over the last couple of years I just have a moment of awe. I created this blog a little over 2 years ago, at a time when I was craving a different type of connection that I hadn’t known or experienced much of in the past. I was holding onto so much baggage and negative emotions about being around other people. Usually feeling drained at the thought of spending time with others, let alone the actual experience. I wanted to be around people that made me feel uplifted, inspired, and who would allow me to bring out more of my real self. It did take moving location again into the city to actually get me out of the house and create more real world connections. I would never have imagined how much it would impact me in the best way possible.
I was very active on social media before this and for a period of time it felt like enough. But after a matter of years of still being quite the hermit, things needed to shift. I still get to meet and connect with amazing people through these channels. It’s where I continue and adore ‘meeting’ people who become real life friends too. I love that I could visit almost any city in the world and be able to catch up with someone, no matter how well we may know each other, as long as there was a genuine resonance there.
I love the communities I am lucky to be a part of now, and it grows more and more each day. I have been wanting to create a special online community which encourages myself and others to live our best creative life. To share our experiences and expressions of art. It’s been on my mind for a few months now, but I recently had a lovely vision of bringing it to life sooner than expected.
I can’t express how fortunate I am to be witness to, and a part of, the lives of some incredible women. Women who hold no bars to just putting who they are out there. Doing whatever they need to do to align their life and work to who they truly are, what they believe in and who they are here to help.
I’m also thrilled when I hear stories of so many lovely followers of The Darling Tree and Maps to Herself who have begun to include art, creativity and passion back into their lives. To hear it’s given them a new and beautiful way to express themselves, or discover more about the essence within them, is incredible. It blows my mind to be a small part of that, and it drives me to keep doing what I’m doing.
Thank you for being here with me and thank you to those women who are now in my life. It’s a true blessing, and I still feel like things are just getting started!