Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Long Time Coming: Part One

I can't believe that this time one week ago I was at the Creative at Heart Conference listening to Katelyn James give a powerful opening session. OK so when this post goes live that's probably not exactly who was up on stage, but as I write the timing is perfect! I was making new friends and starting to realize why I've always had such a hard time putting my finger on what I've wanted for a career.

But let's get back to C@H, more on that last thought to come. Hence the "part one".


Y'all--it was an absolutely incredible experience and I owe so many big hugs and thanks to Kat and Taylor for taking this dream of theirs and making it a reality! For bringing together 80 some creatives whether already established or still in the stages of dreaming. For not just hosting a conference, but truly creating a community and starting a movement in the industry. A movement of sharing, listening, and supporting one another. Of having confidence in being a small business owner and knowing that your work matters and is a real job.

I'm going to be honest here for a second. I may be rather extroverted, I may have lived out of a suitcase and stayed with different people every week for a year, I may have made many solo moves to new places by myself, but I was actually pretty nervous about attending C@H. There were going to be so many incredibly successful creatives who have built businesses and followings, and then there would be me. A girl with big dreams and lofty plans.

Lettering by Letters of Grace Calligraphy, Cakes by Sorby Sweets, Linens by Classic Party Rentals of VA, Flowers by Dear Sweetheart Events
This didn't matter at all once I got to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA. I was not alone as I found so many other like-minded ladies with dreams of making 2015 the year they finally launch their business. I had meaningful conversations with them and found out we have the same worries and hesitations. That all of us are scared out of our mind to think about bookkeeping and taxes as a small business owner!

I've done a lot of soul searching over the past few years really trying to put my finger on what type of work ignites me. While I do love my day job, some of my interests are missing and my entrepreneurial heart needs a blank slate to grow. I'm lucky that I get to create and have ownership over some new programs this year but am lacking the creative aspect that makes me feel so energized.

As a career advisor by trade, I've finally decided to take my own advice. Pursue a passion as a side hustle, see where it goes, and shoot for the stars. Find mentors, follow those who have been successful, and begin to learn new skills that will help me reach my goals. It took me 27 years and this conference to also learn that I think I knew this is what I wanted all along, but more on that next time!

If you followed along while I was at the conference on Instagram and want to know more, check out their website. A second conference will be offered in March with registration information coming out soon. I promise it's worth any penny, and am happy to share more detailed information with you personally if you're interested. And you might just make some new best friends!


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I'm so glad you're along for the ride!

10 comments:

Anna Young said...

So fun!!! I'm just so excited for you, I love all of this!

Anna Young said...

Yay, girly! So excited to read this today! Cheers to big dreams and new besties in 2015!!

Anna Young said...

I'm so glad we randomly sat next to each other :)

Anna Young said...

Thanks Erin, I'll have to sit near you at the Bachelor tomorrow to share!

Anna Young said...

What a great opportunity for you! Good luck!

Anna Young said...

Looks awesome! Fun fact: One of the chapter installations I attended as an ADPi consultant was at the Stonewall Jackson. Small world!

Anna Young said...

Oh wow that sounds like an awesome conference! I'd definitely be interested in going to something like that. While I love my day job, I have some side passions combined with an entrepreneurial heart ;)

Anna Young said...

Thanks Lisa!!

Anna Young said...

That is too funny Megan! It was such a beautiful little town!

Anna Young said...

It was so great Liz, I would clearly highly recommend it! The second round has registration opening up tomorrow and I'm sure it will continue to grow from here. Always happy to grab coffee and share some of my insights!