I started building Makelight for two main reasons. Firstly, I wanted to help creatives and small business owners to grow their business, their creativity and their work/life balance. And secondly, I wanted to build a community, so that people could connect both online and offline. I wanted to create a safe place for people to make friends, to collaborate on things and to support each other.
As I was making my Makelight 2018 plan I knew that building the community offline needed to be a central part of where I put my energies for you this year.
Watching what happens when people come together and meet in real life - even if it is just once - is amazing and super powerful. Whenever I go onto Instagram I see Makelight connections everywhere and it makes me so happy, especially when I know that these connections have been made stronger by a real life meeting.
Last Friday a group of 21 inspiring women came together for our first Makelight Gathering of the year and it was so very special. We enjoyed a long, relaxing lunch at the beautiful Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings. I loved that there were so many conversations, so many Instagram names exchanged and so many photos taken.
I know that so many of those women will stay in touch with each other and even if they never get to meet up in real life again, they will keep a special online friendship going. But I am pretty sure many of them will be meeting up in real life again too.
I will be organising many more Makelight Gatherings this year in London and beyond. And if you would like me to help you organise your own Makelight Gathering near you then please do let me know. xo
The online world is a busy place. It's harder and harder to build audiences on social media and to connect with people. Through our growing Makelight community we really can have connections both online and offline. We can have inspiring conversations and share things that will help us all to grow. And we are building a safe and encouraging place for all of us.
Look out for lots more Makelight Gatherings coming soon. xo