Welcome to our community for the head + heart + hands
Since 2010 OMHG has been a trusted resource for makers, crafters, creative business owners & kind folk to access peer support and advocacy from a community of equals. Here no one is the leader but we all have a chance to lead, what a difference that makes!
We are building a safe space open to all makers no matter what stage they are at (even if you aren’t even sure you ARE a maker yet). Come with a willingness to participate and treat each other with kindness and respect. Find and offer mentorship, give and receive advice + support, promote and collaborate, talk out your questions or concerns, plan parties and gatherings on + offline.
If you value our simple principles of goodness: Respect, Equality, Diversity, Cooperation, Compassion, Goodness & Citizenship and are looking for a place to come as you are and be welcomed, join us. You will find our community has no hidden sales or slick pitches, no agenda except for supporting each other, we are 0% hustle and 100% heart.
Benefits to Citizenship
Give what you can, do what you can. Choose how much you invest financially and how much time you contribute- pop in for quick visits to fill up on connection or dive into leadership, there is a place for you.
Join a warm, welcoming community with every tool needed to collaborate. We’ve partnered with Communifire to offer our members all the features of a full social network with forums, private messaging, and many more ways for us to collaborate and share our ideas like never before. All your content is owned by you and will never ever be sold.
Create meaningful connections. The kind that lift you up, inspire confidence, and offer you a safety net for taking action on what you care about most. In a world that keeps encouraging us to shout to be heard we choose to listen carefully and work together instead of adding to the noise.
Be welcomed into our family & community. We’ve supported each other through big things like new babies, crazy awesome dreams, success/struggle, illness, loss, signing contracts + book deals, planning launches and collaborations. We are also there like the best kind of family for the ins and outs of every day life, reminding each other of all the good in the world and ourselves daily.
Find collaborators & cheerleaders. Stop trying to do everything alone! Collaborators with strengths and skills you lack + cheerleaders to share and support your work is everything whether you are a hand-maker or a change-maker (or both!).
Skill sharing & mentorship: We mentor each other by drawing on our diverse experiences and skills to create a network of open sharing and peer support.
Annual General Party: Our AGP is a virtual gathering that takes place May 1st of each year where citizens vote on the future of our community and craft our offerings for the coming year.
Events & Gatherings: Our second annual gathering is a community led Maker’s Retreat, October 2015 at Hollyhock on Cortes Island. Learn more about our community gathering and how to register here.
Our community is an on-going experiment in self-organizing so there is always something new being explored, we’ve hosted and led cooperative projects like our Community Art Prints, Maker Mail, mail swaps and baby showers, business launches, product collaborations and offline gatherings + events of all sizes across North America. We’re learning and growing together with the help of many heads, hearts, and hands.
Why we love the OMHG community
I’ve experienced first hand the impact that is made- the ideas that are shared- the unspoken permission that is given to innovate, achieve, fail, and succeed. The Oh My! community is unlike any others; where entrepreneurs and creatives are working in collaboration opposed to competition. Relationships are fostered on a basis of not what I can get, but rather how can I give & support. The personal connections I’ve made here have helped me to grow & thrive not only as an entrepreneur, but as a mother, a community leader, and a social innovator. I’ve been gifted the unique opportunity to foster even deeper connections within the community offline- meeting, adventuring, and collaborating with more than 15 amazing woman. I’m forever grateful for real life experiences shared, vulnerability lived, and the unique flavor each woman (and man) bring into our creative space. ~Jenelle
I love it here, because you friends are like no others. I love these forums because they aren’t just about thinking, they are about Collaborating and Doing and Playing together. I love these forums because I can trust you all, I don’t feel nervous sharing WIPs or asking for help because there’s a general spirit of lovingkindness and genuine enthusiasm. I love these forums because I MISS YOU when I’m gone. ~Karen
I love this community because there’s nothing but mutual support, respect, friendships, encouragement, empowerment, and there’s nothing but good vibes all around! I love this community because all you lovely people make me feel appreciated, special, and empowered. No matter what my mood is, I always leave this space with a better sense of self-worth, confidence, and ready to punch the day straight in the face! ~Citlalli
Forget Planet Fitness, THIS is the judgement free zone! Honestly, you all are the only people I know who I can share my thoughts, feelings, self doubts, and motivations with. I know you all appreciate what I’m going through, and understand it too. We’re all in it together, and we want each other to succeeed. We’re working with peers, but somehow the competition has left the relationship. Pure magic. ~Melissa
I love this community because I can leave my anxiety and nerves at the door. Even if I find someone here doing exactly what I’m doing, the first thought is always that we should work together to make something great and/or help each other succeed vs. feelings of jealousy or inadequacy. I read somewhere that jealousy is simply the knowledge that that person is doing the thing you know you can do, but aren’t. We are ALL “doing” so the only feeling is that we are all together and fabulous. I love this community because it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my business, confidence, creativity, and self. ~Sara
Why do I love the OMHG community? Wow, where to start? This community is packed full of talented, generous, inspiring people doing amazing courageous creative things on a daily basis. But what is truly extraordinary is that it never feels intimidating or scary – just the opposite in fact. Whatever you’re doing, whatever you are going through, whether it’s happy or sad, difficult or exciting (or all of those), there is always someone there to offer words of support, encouragement and advice and I always come away from time spent in the forums feeling better about pretty much everything, not just my work! ~Sam
I feel I’ve barely grazed the tip of the community so far, but the words that are ringing truest for me are trust, play, encouragement, inspiration and joy. That’s what we have right here – for a small monthly investment, we can create our very own ‘room of requirement’. ~Pippa