A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats


LOCATION: Garden of the Gods

OUTFIT DETAILS: Denim Shirtdress || Black Hat || Jo Totes Camera Bag || Black Booties (similar)

If you read this Instagram post the other week, you’ll know that one of my goals is to be better at reaching out and engaging with my local creative community. For years I blogged on the side, slowing growing a community and engaging with other bloggers. I’ve made so many dear friends over the internet who live in other states & countries. People I wish I could call up for a spontaneous photo shoot or invite to be part of a collaboration party. People I would love to brainstorm with and bring all our talents and passions to the table. People to learn from and share what I know. But the miles kept us apart – and while we can still collaborate & inspire each other on a great many of things, we can’t do the daily coworker thing. We can’t just meet up to work on a project together. It honestly took me too long to realize there were other creative people in Colorado. I mean, of course there were!

It all started out by trying to find other local people on Instagram and I did! There were so many people in my town doing great things, sharing great photos, and following their dreams. I started following and interacting with them and then people began reaching out to me to meet up. Photographers, small business owners, girls who just moved to the Springs, people who wanted to start blogs. I was FLOORED and honored and nervous. And I thought they were all so brave and I doubted my skills. But I met up with them and chatted and shared and dreamed. We planned collaborations and met up for photo shoots.

Kaylee is one of those friends. She is one that reached  out to me and we met up several times to take pictures. It is so fun to meet up with creatives like this and just hear their heart & process. We chat about blogging and SEO and camera settings and posing. We both have so much to bring to the table and my learning bank always gets filled to the top! Every brave lady I’ve met over the last several months has encouraged and challenged me! It has been an unexpected gift.

My dreams for 2017 are all that and more. To reach out to others for joint projects and adventures. I want coworkers and friends in this self employee world. I’m exicted, I’m hopeful, and I cannot wait! A rising tide sure does lift all boats!

Photo Credit: Kaylee Sorrells Photography5u2a9602 5u2a9582 5u2a9599 5u2a9538-8 5u2a9568 5u2a9575 5u2a9525 5u2a9531 5u2a9579

Author: Oak & Oats

  • This photography is beautiful and you are simply adorable! Excited to see what content you have up your sleeve for 2017!

  • That sounds great! I have a really hard time getting involved, it’s just my personality or something, but the idea always sounds nice! I look forward to seeing what you come up with over the next 12 months!

  • I love that you connected in real life with other bloggers. I wish NZ was a little bigger because then there would be more bloggers nearby to reach out to.

  • My husband and I would love to be stationed at Fort Carson when the Army moves us in the next year or so. Hopefully if we do move there, we can meet up or I can email you for advice on great local churches, things to do, etc!

  • Oh my goodness, this is something I’ve totally struggled with too. It’s taken a while to realize that, and it’s made all the difference reaching out!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! I am so excited to open the doors a little!

  • Man, Kaylee is so talented – these pictures she took of you are amazing!

    • Oak & Oats

      She really is! I love these photos! Thanks for your sweet words girl!

  • You look very pretty and confident. (I’ve been to the Garden of the Gods as well!) Love the denim shirtdress. I’m also going to try and find people near me, who also share my creative passions, to collaborate with. There’s bound to be at least one or two… Thanks for the reminder to step out of my shell and broaden my horizons!


    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you Madison! You are so sweet and encouraging! You should totally try to find other creatives around you!!

  • What a great outfit!! I have a dress just like that from Gap that I wear all the time!!

    • Oak & Oats

      YES! It is the best! I love it!