Tuesdays Together Catonsville: May Meetup

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Andrea Elizabeth Photography

Last week, Tuesdays Together Catonsville held its fourth meeting.

As you may recall, Tuesdays Together Catonsville is the local chapter of The Rising Tide Society that I have been leading since February. Our group met in Rooster & Hen Store‘s cafe area and discussed our monthly topic of Content Marketing while sipping house-made cold brew coffee. It was a great start to the day!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

One of the greatest strengths of Tuesdays Together Catonsville is its diversity. Our group members come from a wide range of industries and crafts.

Each person brings a unique perspective to the discussion from their specific industry.

For instance, my content marketing strategy has been heavily focused on Pinterest in recent months because that is where my potential customers plan to make future purchases. But service-oriented businesses like C&V brand design use a different approach to reach their clientele effectively.

The variety of perspectives made for a lively discussion and lots of problem-solving ideas from different industries!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Every month the group of people who attend is a little bit different, depending on members’ schedules. This month we had an all-female group of small biz bosses specializing in:

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

May’s meetup was another win for “community of competition” in our city of Catonsville. I’m already looking forward to our get-together in June!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville Maryland entrepreneurs group, Rising Tide Society chapter led by J'Adorn Designs jeweler Alison Jefferies, photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Photo by Little Cuddlebug Photography

Are you a creative small business owner? If you’d like to join us at our next meeting, check out the Tuesdays Together Catonsville Facebook page and request to be added to the group. We would love to have you join us! 

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Practical Mental Health Tips for Creatives: Featured Speaker at The Rise Summit

Today I’m taking a little break from sharing about my custom jewelry and bridal accessories to share a bit about my life off the jeweler’s bench as a creative entrepreneur.

Creative Mental Health Tips from TuesdaysTogether Catonsville leader Alison Jefferies of J'Adorn Designs, featured speaker at The Rise Summit

Photo by Elizabeth Nord Photography

When I’m not behind my jeweler’s bench creating crystal hair vines and modern jewelry, I am an active member of the creative entrepreneurs’ community in my home city. The hub of this part of my life is The Rising Tide Society, a worldwide movement working to empower and educate creatives in the spirit of “community over competition.”

The Rising Tide Society recently hosted its annual online conference, The Rise Summit, with a live webcast from its main offices in San Francisco. In between live sessions, the Summit aired a collection of pre-recorded short videos from community leaders. I was honored to have been selected as a featured speaker among the other powerhouse leaders who contributed.

In my video, I shared three practical tips for practicing mental health and self care as a creative entrepreneur.

I’m well versed in the importance of self care as a creative entrepreneur from personal experience. In the future, I hope to share more about my own journey toward mental health here on the blog. For now, here is a look at the video I recorded as it aired on the live webcast during The Rise Summit!

Three Mental Health Tips for the Creative Entrepreneur:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. A well stocked “toolbox” to draw upon in times of struggle
  3. A large helping of grace for yourself
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Introducing Tuesdays Together Catonsville!

Introducing Tuesdays Together Catonsville, leader Alison Jefferies

In my last blog post where I wrapped up 2016 by sharing my Best 9 from Instagram, I alluded to some upcoming exciting news involving J’Adorn Designs and the Rising Tide Society. Well, today the wait is over and I am proud to finally announce:

I am leading Tuesdays Together Catonsville, a new local chapter of The Rising Tide Society! 

Rising tide society, let's make waves, introducing Tuesdays Together Catonsville, leader Alison JefferiesPhoto by Natalie Franke

A few questions you may have:

1. What is the Rising Tide Society?

The Rising Tide Society is an international movement for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners dedicated to educating and empowering creatives to thrive in the spirit of “Community Over Competition.” A movement dedicated to the people it serves, Rising Tide Society focuses on building community locally and transforming not only the creative industry, but also the world.

2. What is Tuesdays Together?

TuesdaysTogether is a meeting that occurs on the second Tuesday of every month for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners to meet in the spirit of community over competition and discuss industry-relevant topics. These meetings were created out of a need to connect with other people, share successes and struggles, and create long-lasting relationships with fellow creative entrepreneurs.

3. What is the purpose of Tuesdays Together Catonsville?

The main purpose of the Catonsville TuesdaysTogether group is to be a regular meeting place where local creative business owners can gather to support, encourage and collaborate with one another. Each month’s meeting will be geared toward a different industry-related topic.

Our TuesdaysTogether group will begin meeting in February 2017 with dates and locations shared in our Facebook group each month. 

Who is Tuesdays Together Catonsville for?

4. Who is TuesdaysTogether Catonsville for?

We are a society of creative entrepreneurs, men & women, from hobbyist to seasoned professional, usually gathering the second Tuesday of every month in the spirit of Community over Competition. Our meetings are open to everyone in the Catonsville area who fits this description!

Tuesdays Together Catonsville GroupPhoto by Natalie Franke

5. What can I expect to happen when I come to a Tuesdays Together Catonsville meeting?

  • Open discussions about topics relevant to small business owners (social media, websites, client care & more)
  • The opportunity to meet and connect with others in your area who understand the hustle involved in running a small business
  • A welcoming environment where you can share, learn, and make new friends in your industry
  • You’ll likely also get a big hug from me along with a cup of coffee or glass of champagne, depending on the time of day we’re meeting!

6. How can I get involved?

Joining is easy! Just head over to Facebook and request to join the Tuesdays Together Catonsville group. After you’ve been added, you’ll be able to participate in our online discussions. You’ll also be able to see where & when we meet each month!

J'Adorn Designs behind the scenes custom jewelry studio, photo by Madison ShortPhoto by Madison Short

So whether the tools of your trade are jewelry pliers, paintbrushes, a camera, a keyboard & mouse, a pair of scissors, or your bare hands, I hope you will join me in “raising the tide” for creative entrepreneurs in the Catonsville community!
Join us over on Facebook to stay up to date on group events and discussions!
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