Why Community Matters
Local creativity is overflowing in communities as moms, dads, small business owners, nonprofit leaders and volunteers are finding new ways to communicate in this new world of social isolation. Their coping strategies and ingenuity are beyond inspiring!
We are proud to introduce you to these innovators in “Why CommunityMatters”, a series made possible by LIFEWTR.
Meet Amy DeLardi, owner of the Infinite Web Designs
With the new norm of practicing social distancing, how are you finding creative ways to connect with family and friends?
Social distancing has definitely brought out the creative side in a lot of us. As a creative thinker myself, I am enjoying all the people joining my side of life. Video conferencing has been something I've done for years being in the technology industry. I've embraced that way of communicating long ago, but it's fun to see my parents and other seniors embrace technology and actually enjoy attending a [virtual] birthday party to celebrate my nieces 7th birthday. Young and old, all ages are learning how to stay connected during some of the most difficult times; in my opinion, it's one of the positive outcomes in all of this. Especially for my business, clients who haven't ever embraced video conferencing are now being forced to do so and are realizing how much time it saves in their day versus in-person meetings. This is saving me time and money. I have less car time traveling to client locations which means less gas, less wear and tear on my car, less risk and more time to help others. It's a win/win all around.
Can you tell us if you or any of your colleagues are doing creative things at home to find joy and inspiration?
I haven't picked up a brush and palette in over 10 years. I've had a blank canvas hanging in my office ready to be brought to life for about 2 years now. The painting is inspired by a recent trip to Jamaica (we snuck that in just in time). It's fun to hear my kid’s reaction when watching me paint. They have seen some of my finished work, but don't remember watching the process when they were young. Painting is a source of entertainment and a creative outlet for myself AND for them. I am already starting to think about my next painting.
If you are a parent, have you found creative ways to engage kids at home?
We are getting a lot of house projects done and the kids are more than happy to help. It's amazing what they will do when they are bored to tears. My daughter painted our hallway, she helped me put together a photo collage, we've even settled into a nice cleaning routine where everyone helps. We are saving so much money!
Do you know of any local businesses or nonprofits innovating to serve communities during this difficult time? How?
Being a small business owner, I understand the implications that this has had on many different businesses. Small business is the backbone of my business; I service small businesses for their web design and marketing needs. My agency, Infinite Web Designs, is trying to help as many other small business owners as possible by offering some free marketing tools. We believe now is a great time to work ON your businesses, especially if you can't work IN your business. So these tools are a great resource to leverage during this time. I am also offering FREE 30 minute consultations to business owners that might need to regroup and brainstorm a new idea or marketing plan.
To learn more about our free marketing tools offer you can click here > https://infinitewebdesigns.com/iwd-digital-starter-package/
Community matters - now more than ever. We are thankful to LIFEWTR for helping us to connect and stay strong.
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR.