It seems like only a moment ago that we twelve ladies sat around a kitchen table, drinking wine and brainstorming names for the blog we planned to launch. Contenders In Like A Lion and She Curates were outvoted by Our Collective Muse, a name that we hoped would summarize our mission to share the beautiful and interesting bits of life each of us would post as part of the group. Somehow, a whole year has sped by since the launch and so much has happened since. From TV appearances to posts that gained more traction than we could have guessed, it's an amazing and humbling experience for us all to be members of something that's bigger than the sum of its parts. So thanks to you, dear reader, for being a part of this journey and we hope you'll enjoy today's truly collaborative post as we twelve reflect on how this all started, what we've learned and loved, and what you can expect to see in the future here on Our Collective Muse.
We were fortunate enough to gather at Erin Crooks' studio recently and have updated head shots taken in celebration of our anniversary. We can't thank you enough Erin, you're talented beyond belief!
Where does your inspiration come from for posts?
Honestly, inspiration is everywhere! From new recipes I'm trying and loving, to things I'm dealing with as a mom, fashion I'm crushing on and inspiring people, businesses and entrepreneurs that I come across - it all links to the blog. I get inspiration at random times: while falling asleep or out shopping, it can hit you at any time. I try to keep track of my ideas in a notepad in my phone, some of them come to life, and some never quite make it to the blog. I also draw so much inspiration from the other ladies in the blog, at our get togethers we often brainstorm ideas amongst eachother. Plus just being around 11 other powerful, talented and beautiful (inside and out) women is pretty inspiring in itself.
What was your favourite post done by another OCM blogger?
As I went back through all of the blog posts throughout the last year, it was so special to relive everyone's posts, their passions, and creativity. But I already knew which post I loved the most, because it made me cry. And I cried again reading it. But happy tears. Tears of relating on a special level with so many women in this blog group. Motherhood and all the incredible moments, big and small, that we are so so blessed to experience. My favourite post was Desiree's "Love letters to my three year old son". Many of us in this group have littles under the age of ten, myself a 4 year old princess, Mackenzie, and reading Desiree's words resonated with me and were so relatable. Feeling a love to deep to the core. Being a young mother, I have learned so much from my dear friends in OCM about motherhood, parenting, relationships, and I am so thankful! So thanks Des for making me an emotional mess hehe, xo.
What do you hope others take away from the blog?
I hope others can leave feeling inspired. Ready to take on their next dyi project or ready to get that hospital bag finally packed. It’s so great to be a part of this special project with 11 other woman. I leave our meetings with new thoughts and a little pep in my step. So I hope our love for what we all do as a whole and individually generates through onto the screen and gives our readers a little smile for the day. or… a tear. sometimes we get a little mushy over here on the OCM. We LOVE feedback, good and constructive and really enjoy hearing from our followers. We hope to continue to inspire you all for another great year to come.
How did OCM come to be?
Our Collective Muse started around a dinner table. Over a year ago, I invited a group of ladies to dinner at Christmas. Wine and conversation flowed and I mentioned the idea of a collaborative blog. I really hadn't anticipated such a positive response or that all would want to be involved, but each guest there made up the original group of twelve. These woman encompass inspiration, creativity, love, humour and friendship. Much more than the creation of a blog, a sisterhood was born.
Where would you like to see OCM go in the future?
To have OCM continue on, grow, and evolve over the next several years would be my hope. I would love for us to welcome new group members and for our relationships with past and present contributors to be maintained. Most of all, I envision Our Collective Muse expanding and collaborating with new businesses, artists, and minds, both locally and beyond. I want new audiences from all different places, to be reached and inspired.
What have you gained from being a part of OCM?
I have to say the biggest thing I have gained from being a part of OCM is a better sense of investment and awareness in my own community. Getting to know the other girls through their posts and spending time with them has been so much fun. I have definitely have learned a lot from them. I have gained many new friendships and connections through this amazing blog and am so happy that I am a part of it
What did you learn from the group of OCM bloggers?
I've learned that when you put 12 creative ladies together you're in for a real treat! Hanging out with these lovely ladies on a monthly basis has given me inspiration and made me learn the importance of having each others backs when we need each other for anything. I feel truly blessed to be part of Our Collective Muse!
Q. What has been your biggest challenge in being a part of OCM?
A. As I'm sure all mamas know, the days go by quickly when you're engaging with a curious, active baby and although I don't really consider myself a "working mom" (because there are lots of women who have families and a way more career-full plate than I do), I have managed to fit a few writing, illustration, modelling, and video projects into my maternity leave. So my challenge in blogging, and in general, has been time management! From coming up with ideas to collaborations, field trips, and writing, every blog post takes time and energy. Luckily, I've got an awesome husband who loves father-daughter dates and a great mom and dad who take Petra on garden tours and to kitchen dances; I lean on them when a project requires my full attention. Our Collective Muse has been both an outlet and a support for me, so there was never a moment when I didn't think the effort was worthwhile.
What do you love most about OCM?
I love the diversity! It's so great to see so many different interests and passions of creative women
What was your favourite piece of feedback or comment on social media?
I was out for brunch with a friend a few months ago and she told me that thanks to reading Tammy's 'girlfriends' post, she reunited with a friend whom she hadn't talked to in years. They'd had a bit of a falling out a long time ago and had just let it drift into nothingness, as sometimes happens with many of us. But when my friend read the blogpost she remembered how much she missed her old friend and reached out to reconnect. Knowing that sharing our stories through the blog inspires people to make changes in their lives and relationships really warms my heart.
Missing in action are Kim Davies and Tammy Zdunich.