Just as Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” I also think you can become energized by the individuals you choose to surround yourself with, even online. Whether it’s a fellow creative tribe member, the blogger who fills your Bloglovin’ feed with amazing content each week, or the entrepreneur you follow on Instagram, who you decide to invite into your RSS feed or follow on social media can impact your own outcomes. Everyone has something unique to offer (and therefore should offer her voice), but here are ten creatives who are absolutely crushing it online that you should definitely include in your circle.
1. Anna from And Then We Saved
It’s hard to believe that a financial blog could be so enjoyable to read, but And Then We Saved is absolutely worth adding to your RSS feed. Anna paid off over 24k in debt in under 15 months and now she’s sharing her secrets and helping others achieve debt-free lives. With her Spending Fast and Spending Diet programs, her community has collectively saved over $544,000! Her posts range from tackling the emotional connections we have to money to saving some green on date night to practical topics like selling your stuff online. It’s no wonder Anna has been featured on NPR, CNN, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and more! Visit her site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
2. Morgan from Paper Raven Editing
As an English nerd, I’m a little harder to please when it comes to blogs about writing. Very rarely do I find fresh, unique, and applicable writing tips and strategies that are practical for writers of ALL levels. Paper Raven Editing is a refreshing exception! I’m so impressed by Morgan’s practical approach to writing styles, emails, writer’s block, productivity, and editing and find her commentary on the emotional connection between author and work enlightening, even after studying English for many years. If I were seeking a writing coach or editor, Morgan would be first on my list to call. See for yourself on her site, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
3. Lauren from Elle & Company
If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, I wouldn’t hesitate to bet that you’ve seen one of Elle & Company’s gorgeous branded images on really useful creative topics. Her aesthetic alone is absolutely drool-worthy, but it’s the brains behind the brand that really impress me. Lauren is a designer who just gets it when it comes to marketing her business, reaching new customers, and growing her sales. This creativepreneur and her husband Jake use transparency, consistency, and strategic content to help others streamline and enhance their own creative blogs and businesses, a business strategy I can absolutely stand behind. Join her and other creatives for her weekly Twitter chat, #ellechat! Learn from her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
4. Fran from Franish
I’m pretty sure Fran has super powers. How else could a med school student run a successful and profitable fashion blog on the side AND look so incredible every single week? I have been following Fran since the beginning of my blogging career and she has consistently proven that fashion bloggers can and should be taken seriously. Not only does she show women how to find pieces that fit a dress code, but she also discusses budgeting and balancing med school and life. Her classic and approachable style will always be pin-worthy inspiration for me and so many others. Follow along her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
5. Marlene from MDC Artistic Designs
Marlene and I have one of those special friendships that came out of nowhere but seemed to bud instantly and has only grown since. Marlene is the designer and entrepreneur behind MDC Artistic Designs, a handmade jewelry business filled with gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces. I have personally worn pieces that she has customized with me in mind; for example, she sent me a necklace with a blue kyanite stone, known for its calming effect, recognizing that I was going through a difficult time. Taking that extra step to personalize an experience for customers makes her business unforgettable. Beyond her attention to detail, Marlene also provides useful content on taking care of your jewelry and rewards her Insiders Club regularly. She’s a great businesswoman with a heart for quality and kindness. Stop by her shop, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
6. Thomas Sanders from @foster_dawg
Thomas is that guy from Vine. Tell me you know the one. If you haven’t seen him on Vine, you have probably seen him on YouTube in a Vine compilation and I guaranteed you laughed. It feels a little strange putting a Vine star on this list, but when I think about what a creativepreneur is, Thomas surely fits the bill. Thomas makes hilarious, creative videos for the sheer purpose of brightening someone’s day. What I love about Thomas (beyond his great smile and laugh) is that he uses his platform for good; he is an advocate of so many great campaigns and causes such as Cocoa Cola’s Smile Petition and often shows solidarity for the LGBTQ community. Though he is young, he has so much potential to elicit positive change and he’s already moving mountains. Laugh with him on Vine, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
7. Carrie from Carrie Grace Shop
There are only a few people I can honestly say have a heart like Jesus. Carrie is one of these people. I don’t know her on a personal level, but she so honestly shares her soul (and accepts others’) that I feel as though I do. Her online store, Carrie Grace Shop, features beautiful necklaces, t-shirts, prints, and mugs, but you receive so much more when you shop with her. Just one glimpse at her Instagram shows that this girl craves and creates a community of kindness, generosity, and support and everyone is invited. I don’t know about you, but I want to stand with the girl who’s mission is to spread joy each and every day. Smile with her at her shop, Twitter, and Instagram.
8. Caitlin from Greater than Rubies
Have you ever gone a year without buying clothes? Caitlin has and she documented it all on Greater than Rubies. Focusing on the emotional connection we have with clothes, Greater than Rubies teaches women how to become better stewards of clothes and finances, how to stretch a closet, and how to find pieces that make them feel beautiful and comfortable. I have loved watching Caitlin take her personal challenge to the next level in an effort to serve others, forming a meaningful business along the way. Get style advice on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
9. Shane from Sea Salt Secrets
I’m pretty sure everyone envies Shane just a little (or maybe a lot) for taking the unconventional path and becoming a true travel blogger and ex-pat. Sea Salt Secrets is about tackling fears, chasing dreams, and molding your career around your lifestyle. How inspiring is that?! Shane is dedicated to creating connections that aren’t limited to borders with her Coast to Coast directory and Sonderlist series. She uses her voice to show that anyone can make their dreams a reality. Travel the world with her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
10. Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy
I feel a special connection to Modern Mrs. Darcy, seeing as my first blog was titled The Modern Austen. Just as I had with my senior capstone, Anne explores the same timeless issues that our dear Jane wrote about in her own novels. Primarily a book blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy is chalk full of literary must-haves, productivity hacks, and conversations about modern womanhood. Readers of all kinds are sure to find their literary match and those who obsess over personality tests feel very welcome here–all while getting to know Anne on a personal level. Talk about community! Anne absolutely rocks her social media profiles and always has something interesting and unique to share with her readers. It’s no wonder that she has such a strong, loyal following! Get chatty on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Are you inspired yet? I know that I’ve learned so much from following these creatives, but I know there’s plenty more out there! With whom do you chose to surround yourself? Show them some love by sharing a link in a comment and why you think they are killing it online!