|All photos courtesy of Etsy Labs -- you can find more here at their Flickr group|
Phew, what a week. Between my house being turned upside down due to some desperately needed renovations and some other crazy car mishaps and work stories... all I know is that the week ended up on a really positive note and I have some pictures to share, yay(!) (all courtesy of Etsy from their Flickr set). If you were able to attend in person or watch it live -- I hope you were able to get some really useful information and tips on how to get found! I had a blast on my panel with Sara Dick, Megan Auman, and our moderator, Danny Orendorff. If you missed it, you can check out our power hour here where we discuss the ins and outs of craft shows, trade shows, and getting noticed: Success Symposium Session Getting Found at Craft and Wholesale Shows.
I've been so honored to speak at several events lately and I think that regardless of what the topic is, the most essential bit of information or inspiration I want to convey is to just FOLLOW YOUR HEART and GET OUT THERE! Do what you love and with some concentrated effort, research, and dedication, you can accomplish most anything. There isn't a magic scale that can weigh your success -- and the whole idea of "success" is so arbitrary. Success is whatever you want it to be -- to some people, you already are the epitome of success. In your mind, whether or not you believe that you've made it *yet* or not, I think it's the trying that counts more than anything. Are you doing what you love? If not, are you trying to? If so, how hard are you trying? These are key questions to ask yourself if you're not sure. Making a conscious decision to change the direction of your life in whatever way is already a large feat and I give you kudos for that. The road to "success" can be long and windy at times and you may even get lost here and there -- just know that you're not alone in embracing the unknown. And back to the topic of "Getting Found" -- the most important thing you can do is to simply get out there and introduce yourself to the world. You may be pleasantly surprised at just how open people are to you and your work -- and you may surprise yourself at just how far you can go.
So, keep on keepin' on! You can do it.
And please make sure you download the FREE Etsy Success Symposium workbook that includes some tips of the trade and other helpful worksheets to get you on your way here: Etsy Success Symposium Workbook 2012
Thank you all for watching -- and it was so nice to see some familiar faces and meet new ones! Until we meet again...
|With the ever-so-talented Nguyen of KnitKnit and Jessica of Miniature Rhino|