The Internet, and social media in particular, is not always a nice place. Strangers hiding behind screens abandon the "If you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all," rule that I thought everyone's mom had taught them, and if you don't check yourself often, comparison can set in, stealing your joy and bringing feelings of inadequacy along with it. (Yes, I just paraphrased Roosevelt. No I do not carry a big stick.) Frankly, I've always enjoyed taking pictures and making collages but some days, I just want to throw in the towel and call it quits.
Then people like Chloe and Taylor enter and remind us all that The Internet is What You Make Of It.
A couple of months ago, an email graced my inbox from these two, saying that they were touring musicians who had found me on Instagram and were wondering if I'd be interested in hosting a house show when they come to Minneapolis. I was already hovering over the "Reply" button ready to shout "YES!" at them, and then they shared their mission: "...to merge house shows and InstaMeets to create community, meet new people and encourage more meaningful interactions," and I knew this evening would be something special.
So, Friends of the Flock, I'd like to officially invite you to my home next week (details on the image above) to join us for a night of music, conversation and to take our online life offline for a couple of hours and get to know each other better. Space is limited, so leave a comment here or drop me an email at minneapplealex at gmail dot com to RSVP. I hope to see you there!