I remember wanting to attend the Creating Keepsakes Convention years ago but balking at the class prices. I was new….now I see the value in each and every single one of them! Well when I got to Tulsa a few months ago the registrations for CKC was already open and I decided that even thought I couldn’t afford any classes, I would love to volunteer. Especially since it was 5 minutes from my house. I knew that there would be a few perks to volunteering but I honestly didn’t expect more than a free wristband to the expo floor to shop.
I volunteered for a total of 8 hours (4 hours giving away door prizes and 4 hours as a teacher’s assistant for two separate classes) and as a result I got a voucher to shop at the CKC store and the prices were right up my alley. For my $30 voucher I was able to get 300 pages of Peek A Boo paper, a massive holiday card kit, and a book of layouts by the ultra sweet in person Lisa Bearnson (the queen of scrapbook layouts). Then I was able to complete a make and take from a booth with glitter that I can’t live without in life (except that by 3:30pm on Saturday when I showed up they were sold out and I didn’t get the name or website) and I won a doorprize from another booth.
Check out my haul all laid out on the bed.
Oh wait…and did I mention the cute little apron they gave me to wear while I was volunteering? See it up there?
The first class I assisted was Fabulous Fabrics Mini Album by Studio Calico….taught by Kelly Purkey. She was friendly and the products looked interesting. The finished product was really cute too.
I was told that I was really lucky to get her class because apparently she’s famous for what she does. There was a group of women who had driven down from Iowa just to take her class and her class only. She was nice enough and the mini album turned out really cute……but my second class teacher STOLE THE WHOLE CONVENTION SHOW!
I can not remember her last name for the life of me because her first name was Jennifer and she said to call her J. Lo. LOL It was Jennifer’s birthday and she was lively, animated, fast paced, and absolutely fabulous! Her class was packed and wait….I didn’t tell you what class it was did I? Sorry. Jennifer taught Classic Cards from the Heart by Heartfelt Creations. If you’re going to a future CKC TAKE HER CLASS! She told me that she’s teaching at all of the conventions and I’ve already told TJ that we must take her class in Seattle. The class made 4 cards that ranged from basic techniques to uniquely new and complicated and I was able to walk around and help people keep up, catch up, and pack up when they finished. SHE ROCKED! At the end of the hour she thanked everyone for coming (and when I tell you that she moved fast I mean FAST!) and I turned around from the back of the room and said WAIT! WE’RE FINISHED?!?!?!?
Not only do I plan on taking her classes but I’m also going to volunteer and specifically ask to be assigned to her. This class was the best experience of the weekend.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3)
We have all heard this quote in movies and speeches, seen it on other sites and in books, quote it ourselves when we want to feel overly righteous but today I want to inform you that it is not applicable all the time. My greatest fear is not opening up a bakery and being so successful that I ask myself “who am I to deserve this?” Oh no. My greatest fear is opening up a bakery and it failing, going out of business, and me becoming homeless and destitute. If you’re a friend of Original Diva then you know that we’ve already been too close to that state to be comfortable. (Please donate to your local food pantries….you may just be helping your neighbors eat one day).
I was doing some networking today and I thought about my “friend” who lost his job shorty after I did and has become the king of cupcake success. I asked myself “why not me?” and I immediately knew the answer is because I’m afraid. I’m even more afraid now then I was then. Now I have a home again and a car. If I open up this bakery and make enough money to quit my job….what happens if I fail and have to close? Unemployment is still hovering at the 9% mark. I’ll be on the streets before you know it!
It’s so easy for people to say go for it or that I’ve missed my calling. It’s easy for you to come here and look at the pictures and compliment me. It boosts my ego until I stop and say “I COULD END UP HOMELESS AND ON THE STREETS!!!!!!” I don’t know how to fight this fear.
Years ago I dated a congressman for about a year or so. We broke up because I wasn’t convinced that he knew he was gay. I saw his engagement announcement this past weekend and she is very pretty.
This is not a “she’s prettier than me” moment. I’d put us in the same bucket. But when I looked at her picture I thought to myself that when people see her they think “POWER PLAYER”. I can easily imagine her in the district, working an agenda and networking. Power players are people who can put a plan into action and are persistent enough to get results. The examples are vast: Oprah of course, Valerie Jarrett, Linda Johnson Rice, Ann Fudge…you get the picture. This young woman fits the bill of being on that list one day.
I looked in the mirror this morning and asked myself if I saw power player.
I’ll let you know when myself answers.
Dockers is using Facebook to run a competition that will award $100,000 to someone so that they can pursue their dream. You know my dream…you’ve seen my dream.
I don’t just have a dream though. I have a plan! I have already found a location in Chicago in a prime spot and I’m working on securing investment. $100,000 is just the seed money I need to make my dream come true and I’m asking for your help.
I need your votes to make it to the next round of this competition. By visiting Facebook (<click here to go directly to my plan) and voting for me before March 15th, you’ll be helping me make my dream come true! Now here’s the trick though (I just figured this out) You have to LIKE Dockers before you can vote. So when you get to my page please click the LIKE button above my picture and then VOTE!