Well, I now know that I love creative business workshops too.
Mostly because Debbie is a fascinating story teller, Carol is an empathetic, creative, and knowledgeable store owner, and Amy is a sharp business person with a lot to share. I learned something from each of them.
I always say that I attend workshops for the friendships and the creative atmosphere, not always the projects. I leave them pumped up and with a spring in my step just from mingling with the other attendees.
This day was no exception, and I was so impressed with Carol and the job she did putting it together.
It was an honor to be in such company as a presenter, even though I was a bit out of my league. I didn't have a power point presentation, I decided not to use the projector since I was doing a little make and take project.
So, I just kinda winged it and talked while we were making things. My talk was about blogging and tutorials, so we did one of my projects from a tutorial while I spoke.
Basically, what my talk boiled down to, was that you need to decide just what is important to you before you go into a business. I didn't talk finances, business plans, or profit margins, I talked about looking for happiness.
I you are an artist and want to do art, do you really need a huge business to run, or do you want to make things? What I had to say might not be what they were there to hear, but it was sincere and I just told them what works for me.
In my world, I've realized that you can't have it all. You figure out what parts are really important, compromise and make it fit.
I'm glad I had a project for them to make, glitter up, and take home, hopefully, they didn't feel like I left them hanging. Because my advice was more about being creative in all aspects of your life and less about building a creative business.
I should have just called it, "Me Like Blogs, Blogs is Purdy"
Hopefully, my ramblings about being happy and what success really means was slightly coherent.
And I hope they liked my cookies. See, to me, having time to bake homemade butter cookies with edible glitter on the frosting is very important. I would be miserable if I had to spend all my time in an office managing a business, I like my little corner of the world where I can bake cookies, make pretties, and play with the grand fairies and dorkies.
Being happy goes a lot further than being rich and important.
Oh my, I'll probably never be asked to speak again.
(the bottle brush tree on a candlestick is a gift I made for Carol)
It was like being in a magazine spread.