As others have commented, the Creative Freelancer Conference was great in providing some information and know-how. But the after and in between hours is where relationships, mentorships and real connections clicked. And why not keep that going well after a weekend conference wraps up?
It is so easy to go back to our caves, settle into our old work rhythm and slowly let time push out all the fun, experience and enlightenment delivered by the people at the conference in Chicago.
A small group of us decided not to settle.Recently, Amy, Liz, John (a programmer colleague of Amy’s) and I got together at the Frothy Monkey coffee shop in Nashville to keep the creative camaraderie going. And with a name like the Frothy Monkey – how could it not be a good time!
I had the pleasure of meeting Amy and Liz via the CFC LinkedIn Group before the conference, but only had face time with Amy while in Chicago, so it was good to finally meet Liz and John. Amy is a self-employed designer and from the same home town as Liz. Liz works full time for a large corporate company as an in-house designer, but will be going solo later this year. John is a teacher, coding wiz and is always looking to expand his designer friends circle– a perfect fit to Amy and me. And because of Amy’s introduction, John and I will be working on a new website for a client of mine later this month. Insert infographic here – ha!
Not everyone could make the pow-wow but we decided we should definitely get together once a month and I encourage you to do the same in your home town. It is rejuvenating to sit and converse with like-minded creatives and share work, family and business opportunities in an encouraging atmosphere. The invitation is open to any creative. That is what makes it so appealing. In fact, let me know if you are in Nashville and would like to join us! The next time we get together hopefully even more will be able to make it. (Yes Benji, I am talking to you! =)