Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for it’s community and the inspiration from it’s members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you! This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community. We love their businesses and want to showcase them in this new series – where simply, we want to inspire others by what inspires us.
Ashley Kaiser + Kiely Concannon :: So Common. So Rare
We’d been thinking a lot about how these days we are all looking for real connections – how clicks and likes don’t actually satisfy our wants and needs for human connection. We started SCSR to open the doors of connection a bit more. To encourage others to share. We wanted to remind others that we can gather around a kitchen table and talk beyond what we do, about more of the things that have made us who we are. Each of us contains chapters: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Our growth is that we’ve been able to go from an idea to something that people are actually participating in. We hope that others pursue or engage in the variety of depths of the people around them after reading what it is we’re chasing.
We definitely couldn’t be doing it without our communities in Nashville. It’s such a small, closely connected town in many ways, and the support of the community has been crucial. From the artists who share their moments with us, to our friends who give their time and art, to random strangers who say our idea is worth pursuing, it’s an endeavor that has reminded us of the importance of community.
Yeah, absolutely. We are really inspired by reminding people that there is more to give or see than just the typical “what do you do?” “where are you from?” questions that come up so often. We are trying to contribute to a community that really sees one another. We often say “our stories are what we have in common, sharing them is what has become rare” and we really mean that. We are putting our efforts into something we believe fosters connection.
We love what we do because it gives people a chance to share the facts and stories that matter to them. In the process of sharing stories, a lot of what we learn about artists are the small things that don’t really make a story, but tell us more about who they are. The way they tell it—if someone is laughing, or in awe, it shows a lot about how they feel towards what they are sharing. Some of the details that we leave out (for the sake of flow) give us a fuller sense of the artist as a person. Even if every detail doesn’t make the site, these small facts help us tell the story more fully.
Well, we think it’s what ties us together. It can be really easy to separate ourselves, make assumptions about each other based on social platforms or quick encounters, but when we share stories, it helps us know others’ humanity. Stories allow us to say “me too” or “wow, that’s incredible,” and invite us to connect, be encouraged or refreshed through our collective experiences.