It’s never easy settling into a new area, but having moved to the Northern Rivers from the Central Coast earlier this year Beverley Masters found some friendly folk, a cup of tea and a cupcake at her local community hall…
I love living in an area where Community Halls are literally about just that – community. I live not far from the historic village of Newrybar in the hinterland of Byron Bay, where the hall, which was built in 1899 by the early settlers as a place for social and cultural activities, is still a hub for local activities, and recently I was lucky enough to be invited there to the inaugural North Coast Creative Business Women’s High Tea.
The purpose of the teas is to raise money for charity, and this tea’s chosen charity was Rafiki Mwema – a safehouse for sexually abused Kenyan girls. The teas themselves are the initiative of Janine Emerson from Love in a Cake (<http://www.loveinacake.com.au>) who created the most tasty and beautifully put together dessert table and Zanni Louise from My Little Sunshine House (<http://www.mylittlesunshinehouse.com>) who hosted the event. The pair of them are definitely a dynamic creative duo when it comes to bringing people together – and you can read stories from some of the attendees about their experience of the event on their page: <https://www.facebook.com/creativebusinesswomenshightea?fref=photo>
It was a wonderful combination of old meeting new – with old-fashioned tea-cups and saucers, home-made cakes and traditional treats all being enjoyed by women who use the internet and blogging as part of their way of relating to the world. Our liquid refreshment included tea from the Byron Bay Tea Company (naturally) http://www.byronbayteacompany.com> and one of the most wonderful and uplifting cold drinks I have tried in years from Organic Miracles <http://www.organicmiracles.com.au>.
The High Tea was a great way to gather a group of ‘creatives’ together, so we could learn about each other’s creative passions in life – and the blockages we put up in the way of our success, including the fear of what people might think of us. It was inspirational to discover how many creative businesses are being run from the Northern Rivers, and also to discover more about the international blogging community. The idea that someone can work from home, be there for their family and live their passions on a daily basis is enticing to say the least.
Since the event I have discovered many more local blogs via the High Tea guests, some are making money some are not, some are getting lots of viewer, some are not, yet reading through the interconnected bloggers world with community sites like blogchicks facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/BlogChicks> where women actually help each other out technically and motivationally has also made a huge difference to how I personally will view blogging from now on. Check out the Blog Chicks Website <http://blogchicks.com.au/> for more information.
The tea made almost $3000 for Rafiki Mwema which was an amazing result. It proved to me that connection with community is where everything starts.
Story by Beverly Masters
Photos provided by Megan Kinninment: http://seekerofthelostarts.com/