Times does fly.
Unlike last time the room full of younger women didn't bother me!
Jennifer Flores did an amazing job again leading her team to pull off an organized, fun, educating and stylish conference.
The Keynote speaker was Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors fame. All the way from BC. Her presentation was about being authentic, and she was. Shedding her jacket to put on her trademark plaid shirt she was real as she gave us the emotional and tearful story.
That's what it is really about, after all. Donna's story, my story, your story.
Later in the day I ran an idea past her and she said "what is the worst thing that could happen?"
"Fail" I said. And she gave me a look that said, ya so? So I have had that thought rambling around my mind for the last few weeks.
The rest of the day was equally inspiring. I am going to open an Etsy shop for my quilts and upcycled items.
Avery Swartz always does an awesome job explaining the techie stuff like Google Analytics. I took her Camp Tech Wordpress class last fall. I will be putting it to use soon.
The afternoon Keynote session was full of nuggets of wisdom. Scott Mcgillivray charmed us with his phenomenal success story. Jennifer said her secret is to start in the middle not at the beginning.
I was fascinated by Monika Hibbs .
Monika is a former physician that started with The Doctor's Closet. I had a hard time wrapping my head around her decision to give up a medical practice. After the incredible amount of study, hard work and dedication she quit. Maybe because I've been a pharmacist for over 30 years and quitting never surfaced as an option for me. She shared that after spending some time waiting in an ER she realized she has no regrets. That is the way I like to live.
Do you remember the scene in the movie "You've Got Mail" when Meg Ryan's character decided to close her bookstore? Jean Stapleton's character says 'closing is the brave thing to do.' That's how I feel about Monika's story. She encouraged us to search for our natural skills.
I enjoyed checking out the sponsor booths. Chatting with the ASCP ladies from New Orleans and Florida.
So the take away for me......be brave, risk failure, have a mantra, tell my story.