5 Reasons Having A Community Matters - Galentine's Day Edition

Com·mu·ni·ty

noun

a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

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I made the decision to start my blog in October of 2014, knowing that I would have a space to explore my creativity and style. What I didn't know was the amazing community I was about to join. The blogging world is filled with goal driven, ambitious, creative women who have huge entrepreneurial spirits. And to top it off, the Denver blogging community is filled with stylish, kind, down to earth women! What a bonus! 

Last weekend I had the privilege to hang with some of my blogging girlfriends for a fun Galentine's Day celebration, sipping champagne, eating chocolate covered strawberries (oh and cake too), and in typical blogger fashion, taking tons of amazing photos to document the whole day. We went to the stunning Renaissanse Hotel in Downtown Denver, enjoyed one of their beautiful suites and had gorgeous steak dinner at their restaurant, Range Downtown. We partnered with some local brands to make our Galentine's Day extra special, we wore the most adorable shirts that are from the online shop called Fiercely by Valery. We ate the most amazing chocolate cake that was made by Beehold Cakes, and I must say that cake was so delicious it reminded me of a brownie! And as if that all didn't already sound like female heaven, we were surrounded by the most beautiful floral arrangements by Flower Bombers, which of course added the most gorgeous pop of color to our girls day. 

I think having a community around you who shares similar goals and interests, in whatever you do, is important. In every aspect of my life I have made a commitment to immerse myself in a positive community surrounding that part of my life. I joined MOPS to be around more Christian mothers with similar visions for themselves in motherhood. In our business we surround ourselves with motivated people who have had massive success in the field we are in. I have a community of best friends who are also in marriages that I admire and respect, that way we as wives can encourage and inspire each other. And in blogging, I have made a huge effort to participate in practically every community event that is available, join every group that exists for Denver bloggers, and build relationships with the Denver bloggers that I adore.

Because I think having a strong community is so important, I thought I'd share with you my top 5 reasons that I think having a community matters! Here we go!

1. Teach & Encourage Each Other

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Everyone has something that they can teach me, I truly believe that. Whether it be a technical skill or a life lesson I truly believe I can learn something of value from just about everyone I meet. It's so important to surround yourself with people who have mastered the skill you are trying to get great at. I love learning, asking questions and growing any chance I can. The great thing about it is, the more you know, the more you can help others. I get so many people asking me "how to" blog related questions and I am always open and eager to help and encourage as much as I can. That attitude helps to create a more positive community of people empowering people.  Being a part of a community allows you to learn from, and teach people in a way that is truly special.

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2. It Pushes You Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

When you are meeting new people, learning new things and and having new experiences, chances are that your comfort zone will begin to be stretched. This is a good thing. In anything I've done in my life, I have only gained success once I was willing to say goodbye to my comfort zone.  A few years ago meeting with a group of blogger ladies and letting a photographer take our pictures would have made me super nervous (in a socially awkward kind of way) but now I am able to just laugh and have a blast. Being around other like minded people in a community will help you stretch outside that comfort zone and really grow. They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone and I truly believe that to be true. I also think the best version of you is sitting right outside of your comfort zone, so go find her! 

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3. Being Around Like Minded People

It's such a breath of fresh air being around people who have the same interests and attitudes as you. You have much deeper and more meaningful conversations when you are around people with similar goals in life. It's important to be an individual but it's also important to have a "tribe". Being around other people with a similar vision and similar goals as you is not only fun, but it will challenge and encourage you in many ways. Like I said before, the Denver blogging community is filled with driven, kind, goal oriented women, and that is absolutely the kind of women I want to be spending my time with. 

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4. Sharing Ideas & Insights

When you are part of a strong community, it allows you to have access to people with great ideas and knowledge. I learn so much from surrounding myself with knowledgeable people. It also gives you the opportunity to share your own ideas and insights with others. Getting feedback on ideas is super valuable, in any area of life. Sometimes when we are the ones working on something  and we are so involved with it, we can easily miss something that and outsider can spot quite easily. Sometimes we are in the trees and all we see is the trees. Feedback from your community can help you see the forest. In the blogging world, creativity is key, and being around other influencers helps me to practice and stretch my creativity muscle.  

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5. Build Friendships

This is by far my favorite and I believe the most important aspect of community. I have created the most amazing relationships from making community a priority in my life. Some of my best friends have come from being part of a group or community together and then building a friendship outside of that as well. I'm so grateful for the amazing women I've met in the blogging world and can't wait to continue to strengthen those friendships as we all continue our journey in the blogging world. 

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All photography on this shoot was done by Alejandro Caballero with Avid Visuals. Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and for putting up with us silly ladies all day!

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Christmas is around the corner, gifts are bought and there's just one thing left to do... wrap! I don't know if this makes me crazy, but I personally love laying out all the gifts we bought for our loved ones and wrapping all of them. I hate to admit this, but last year was the very first time that I really thought about what I was wrapping my gifts with. Usually my wrapping paper, gift tags, and bags are decked out in snowflakes, ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus, and snowmen. Now don't get me wrong, I love ALL things Christmas (from Jesus to Santa and everything in between)! I think it's such a fun time of year and I personally don't find a ton of harm in enjoying it all and singing along to Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town.  But this year I thought it would be fun to show my true heart through my gifts. Christmas is Jesus's birthday... I hope that is not news to any of you. That is literally (as you hear people say) the reason for the season... So I thought it'd be fun to share some DIY Christmas wrap ideas with you all, to add a sweet little reminder to us all what this season is truly about. 

 

DIY Stamp Gift Bags

You can find a ton of different stamps at your local hobby store, Hobby Lobby had a lot of Christ centered stamps, from scriptures to actual pictures of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. I bought a stamp that said Joy to the World THE LORD has come.  You can purchase some simple brown bags any size and stamp them. You really can't mess this one up and there are so many ways you could add the stamps to the bags, I staggered them and covered the whole bag (see photos below). 

Add Ornaments

I love adding ornaments to the outside of a wrapped gift because it adds a little something special and takes the whole present to another level. Purchase some lovely Christian ornaments, pop them on a gift bag or a wrapped box and BAM! You're all set. That's such a simple way to add a sweet little reminder of what Christmas is all about. Then you're loved ones have a little something for their tree. 

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When In Doubt... Ribbon

You can find so many beautiful ribbons that are focused on Jesus. Hobby Lobby (this post is not sponsored btw, I just love them) had an amazing selection of ornaments and ribbons. I loved adding the fancy ribbon with the simple parcel paper. 

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Write Scripture

Adding you're favorite scripture to a gift tag or even the wrapping paper itself is a great way to add a personal touch to your wrapping. I have the WORST handwriting ever so I had to do a mock up of what would be cute on a gift tag- haha but for those of you who write better than a third grader, have at it! 

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I hope you all have a blessed Christmas this year. I pray it's filled with love, family, giving, laughter and tons of great memories. This year I am reminded that God is so good, as it's our baby boy's first Christmas and I couldn't feel more blessed to have such a happy, healthy little man. Praise Jesus!

Thank you for reading, comment below if you have other fun ideas on how else to bring the focus on Jesus during Christmas. 

 
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