Finding Your Tribe by Amy Atwell

As most of you who follow us know, we have an amazing group at Seaglass Salvage Market. Our Good Vibe Tribe and the feeling we promote is a big part of what keeps you coming back. I have invited the Indoor Vendors to be GUEST BLOGGERS and I am so excited to see who participates and what they have to say!

Our first volunteer is the lovely Miss Amy from The Painted Mermaid! Enjoy…

 

12729388_1059765840734052_550479608258126322_nSo the opportunity was put to us as Indoor Vendors at Seaglass Salvage Market to write a guest blog. And although owner Kelli Anne Benton tossed out a couple of examples of possible topics, she pretty much said ‘have had it, speak to what speaks to you’, but ‘what we do as local vendors’  jumped out at me… 
You see, I’ve been in the retail industry for 30+ years now, and a junker/artist at heart for almost as long.  And for most of those years earning a living meant competing – competing for the recognition, competing for the raise, competing for the promotion… And although there was always a lot of talk of ‘developing your direct reports’ and ‘supporting/recognizing your peers’, at the end of the day there was just plain old, flat out, a whole dang lot of competition. But please don’t misunderstand, over the years I experienced MANY amazing mentors, peers and members of each team, all of whom played great roles in who and where I am today, but never did I find an environment where it really was all about supporting each other, ALL the time. So eventually I built one… and one of the things I preached and preached to interested artists was to get out there.  Be in the right places, find the right markets, make your right connections. And in following my own advice I found Seaglass Salvage Market…
So what do we do as vendors at Seaglass Salvage Market?  We thrive on the diversity of our personalities, lifestyles and talents. We come together as a group to support each other and those looking to learn the trade. And we ‘get’ that ‘supporting another’s success does not impede your own’ (in fact, I’d say it enhances it).  
Life isn’t always perfect, but spending as much of it with people who make it positive is. So no matter what you do to earn a living, take tiny steps every day to feed your soul and drive your dreams, but most importantly, ‘find your tribe’ because no one ever gets there alone.  🙂

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