I had an amazing time at Surtex last week. I have been attending Surtex for the last 7 or 8 years for work and inspiration. I have walked the show secretly dreaming of one day exhibiting my work.
My intention this year was to help my friend Cindy Ann and to walk the show and introduce myself to some licensing reps. I want to start licensing my art but, I am waiting out a contract that is up in November. So, unfortunately, I am in a holding pattern until then except for my freelance work. I wanted to introduce myself so that when I start contacting companies in November, hopefully they will remember me.I had some positive feedback and interest which was very exciting!
The best part of being at Surtex this year was meeting some pretty amazing designers and new friends. I am so inspired by these women, not only because they are super talented, they were so open, honest and supportive of each other. They shared so much about their successes and challenges. You have no idea how refreshing it is to be with that kind of energy. It is so disheartening when you meet people who want everything for themselves and aren't willing to share. There is enough for all of us out there, the universe can be so abundant if you send out the right energy. Cindy Ann was so nice to me. This was actually the first time we have seen each other. We first "met" during Decor8's ecourse "Blogging your Way". We became friends online and started talking on the phone and finally met last week. So, here I am with this new friend that has spent a lot of money and devoted so much of herself to have this great booth at Surtex and guess what she does? She introduced me to her clients! Not only did she introduce me, she introduced me as a designer and asked me to give them my business card. I was quite speechless at such a self-less act. Speechless and so full of gratitude to this special soul. I know in my heart, the universe will return that energy to her in amazing ways and you know what? So will I. Thanks again Cindy Ann.
So, where do I go from here? My plan was to try to find a licensing rep to work with right from the start in November but, after talking to my new friends, they convinced me to start out on my own first. At this point, I am about 85 percent sure I am going to exhibit at Surtex next year. Wow, did I just say that? This is something I have wanted to do for soooo long, the thought of making that dream come true is huge. This year is going to be full of small sweet steps. First, my health and my Lyme Disease treatments. That is going to take up most of my summer. Second, playing with my art and seeing where I can take it. I have so many ideas, I need to find the time to experiment. Third, November.... my freedom. After that, develop, market, sell, and prepare for Surtex.
I am a little bit nervous about committing too much right now because of my health, but if these treatments work and I regain my energy and life after 12 years.... nothing will stop me from reaching my dreams. Nothing!
Much love, prosperity and good health to you, my friends.
Some of the amazing women I was telling you about. I wish I took more pictures.