Tuesday, January 4, 2011

On Community

Before I get too far along here, I feel the need to give a big shout out to my Scarf Sisters.  Well, I guess it’s only the 4th post so far...so I’m not that far in.  But I likely wouldn’t have started this blog had I not met this community of amazing women.

I could tell you lots about communities.  I studied them in university.  I work with them in my day job.  There are communities of interest and communities of place – in fact, according to Wikipedia there are 45 different types of communities! (ok, enough random factoids)

But I’ve never really stopped to think about how I fit into these communities.  I’m very grateful to have supportive friends - simply amazing girlfriends - and family around me, and I’ve always been keen to travel & meet new people.  So, I’ve never really questioned that I wasn’t part of a community.  But I guess what I didn’t realize was how much I longed for a certain community - the creative community - until it hit me smack in the face in the fall of 2009!

I’ve always had creative longings...which, long story short, led me to serendipitously land myself at Liz Lamoreux’s Unearth - A Be Present Retreat, where I was opened up to a whole new world of creative dreamers and doers!

It’s such a good feeling to be surrounded by like-minded people.  To go on photo walks and not feel like you’re holding others up because you need to photograph Every. Single. Thing.   Not needing to explain that you are not narcissistic when you’re taking endless self-portraits.  And being able to share your love of buttons, funky fabric, scrapbook paper…and cute hats! 

We’re all on our unique paths, spread wide over Canada and the United States, but the strength of this community is demonstrated by the fact that a year later – this past November – we reunited.  Of course not everyone was able to make it, but those that couldn’t were definitely there in spirit! 

And so, by meeting these wonderful women I have introduced myself into another new community – of creative bloggers – and I can't wait to see what the future holds.  

Whatever your dream, whatever your passion, know that there is a whole community of like-minded people out there just waiting to be discovered.  What is your place in community? Do you long for a certain community?  Perhaps you’re already a part of it…  (daytime group shots taken by Patty Waite)



    these photos make me smile from ear to ear and back again!!!

    i hope we all reunite again....this time i won't have to be there in spirit only.

    i am so happy you found your community as i feel the same way!!!!

    giddy up sista....love that you are blogging!!!


  2. OMG this is EXACTLY WHAT I WANT!!!!! Jealous isn't the right word because it sounds so petty but if there were a more positive sounding word to say that I LONG so much to meet women like you and those women in the photos. I REALLY want to attend an amazing retreat like that ... maybe the next one you go on?!?!

    You are amazing - can't wait to read through the rest of your blog : )


  3. looks so phenomenal! thanks for sharing these incredible photos! your blog looks BEAUTIFUL!!!


  4. So glad you're part of my creative community!

  5. beautifully written. I am so blessed to know you and call you my scarf sister. I love that you come here and share yourself with us. xo

  6. ok...this just gave me chills....! and i'm so missing you and all the other girls in this moment. love you dear kate. you rock my world :-)

  7. Bullseye! Right from the heart to the heart <3. I miss you so,Kate!

  8. kate...
    i LOVE this post...how come it took me SOO long to read it. i DO hope that next time i will be able to come and hug you in person.

  9. This is so sweet! Makes me want to go. How fun and wonderful. So much love.