Hey gals, (and guys interested in adapting ideas) I want to introduce you to the B.L.C aka the Business Ladies Club, something you should adopt, or adapt, that I promise will leave you feeling creatively refreshed (once the wine wears off).
After a week of working solitude, talking to my dog too much and feeling my "creative life" lacked all creativity I thought back to a freelancers Xmas dinner I had had with Beci Orpin - we were feeling sad as we weren't part of a company and being taken out for Xmas lunch so we decided to have our own, and it was the best! With this fond memory in mind and feeling drained by my desk I invited a group of inspiring pals to dinner. My admirable dates were Beci Orpin, Megan Hess, Eirian Chapman and Jo Duck who are all successful creative women in different ways, working for themselves like I, and all immersed in creative environments on a daily basis. We ate, we chatted, and I left in a confusing mix of adoration, jealousy and inspiration.
A month later I rescheduled another dinner, a different restaurant, and as the night unfolded we discussed our work, that dreaded client who wants everything for nothing, upcoming events, films, and after a few wines, probably something to do with boobs. By our third dinner the "B.L.C" was officially born and is now something that we eagerly re-book just days after dinner has finished.
We have all found that in purposefully getting together to discuss work, we are all learning, sharing knowledge and feeling generally revitalised by each other. As freelancers it is easy to become a home or office body and often non-creative friends don't understand. We now meet once a month at a different spot each time over drinks and just talk the night away. If you're feeling a little freelancer flat and solo give it a go.
Photograph - by Cecil Beaton - Just a casual B.L.C meet, just how we look