#createlounge Leadership Changes and What's to Come, Part 2

Written by Creative Partner, Douglas Humphries

Photo courtesy of Chaitra

Photo courtesy of Chaitra

As many of you may know who subscribe to her newsletter or read in her post last week, Kayla is taking a step away from #CreateLounge and I am taking her place.

I have been beyond blessed to partner with Kayla for the past year on taking CreateLounge from weekly Twitter chat to full-blown content creation. You may have suspected, but I can verify that she is as brilliant and bright and inspiring in real life as she appears on social media, if not more so. Over the past year, while continuing the weekly chats, Kayla transitioned CreateLounge to its own social media profile and its own brand with its own website, as well as a podcast and book club. At the beginning of this year, we launched a contributor blog complete with a team full of writers. This community has come so far.

So, weeks ago, when Kayla admitted to me her desire to move on from CreateLounge, I was, naturally, surprised. But at the same time, I wasn’t. Something I’ve admired about Kayla is that she has always been focused on letting CreateLounge become what it needed to be, not just what she thought it needed to be. It’s something we both agreed on from day one: the needs and talents of the community should shape what it grows into.

Thus it’s not at all surprising that Kayla would feel the need to move on, not because CreateLounge doesn’t need her or that she no longer has a place in it, but because she has taken the driving philosophy of her community to heart. Kayla needs to become what she needs to become, not what we think she needs to become.

I am, as always, honored and inspired by her intention to be true to herself and us. And I know that what she will create next will be just as much informed by who she is as by her who she has become through running CreateLounge. This, in fact, is the goal of CreateLounge: to prepare, encourage, and inspire people to go and create.

How can we deny ouR founder the same privilege?

Kayla, of course, is not going anywhere. She is still active through her own site and social media. She will always have a place in this community, and I, for one, am eager to see what contribution she makes as a participant in the chats rather than the host.

All that being said, the responsibility has now passed to me to do what Kayla, frankly, made look very easy.

I have to be honest that when she first asked me to take over CreateLounge, I was afraid that I couldn’t, that I would mess it up somehow, simply for the fact that I wasn’t Kayla Hollatz, and how in the world could I be? Maybe that’s not the thing to hear from the person who has to take her place, but, above all, I want to be honest with this community. Vulnerability breeds connection, and if there’s one thing CreateLounge is about it’s that.

But while I was hesitant, at first, I quickly realized that this is something I’ve been preparing for, for some time. Encouragement has always been core to who I am, and my creativity especially. I am a writer, an author and novelist, as well as a blogger, but, while I have my own solo projects, there has always been a part of me drawn to others, specifically to helping them realize their own creative projects. Whether brainstorming or researching or editing or simply being a sounding board, I have been blessed to help a number of people find, define, and be inspired to pursue creativity for themselves. It’s a thrill for me to be a part of it, and I’ve always been looking for a way to do more.

#CreateLounge has been that way.

Working with Kayla to shape this community has been astounding, and, though I’m moving into a different role, I know now what I knew from our first discussion: this is where I belong.

Where we go from here is still something I’m figuring out. CreateLounge has a lot of potential. Over the past year alone, we’ve experimented with many different kinds of content, and while I am eager to see what else we can do, I want to be intentional and prudent.

One thing I do know.

Whatever the next step is the core of CreateLounge is not changing. The first thing I told Kayla when I accepted the job was that, no matter what, the weekly chat isn’t going anywhere. That is, has, and always will be the heart of this community, and if we do nothing else, we can always count on Wednesday nights.

That’s not to say I don’t have ideas, for this site and blog, especially. Hopefully, I’ll be able to map out some of my vision for you soon, but for now, I want you to know that I’m committed to this community and to the trust I’ve been given.

Thank you.

In the meantime, if you'd like to get to know me, you can find me on DouglasHumphries.com, Twitter, Instagram, or, of course, Wednesday nights at the CreateLounge Chat!