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Monday, September 20, 2010

Back from The Creative Connection event.

Hi! It's me... I'm back! (I know I'm a total dork right?) The Creative Connection was an amazing experience. There were art classes and interactive seminars relating to all sides of creative businesses.  I met so many women that I had only talked to via email, or read their blogs. It was so fun to meet them in person!!! (I'll do a post about all of them later.) First I wanted to share a few things that I learned while on my trip.   
   1. Sitting at my computer all day has made me woefully out of shape. I discovered this when I went to bed the second night and my hips ACHED like never before. I guess standing on me feet all day, and running from place to place just isn't as easy as I thought it would be.  (Treadmill, here I come!)                                                                   

2. I really suck (pardon my french) at the whole Twitter and Facebook thing. I thought I knew what I was doing, but after listening to some of the great seminars, I realized I have SO MUCH to learn! 

3. I am not as comfortable in large groups of women as I would like to be. This one really surprised me. This is my first big event like this and there were times (especially before the big opening night dinner) when I just wanted to stay up in my room, watch TV and be tucked away nicely in my own little safety zone.  I pushed through it though. I knew it would be good for me and that I would have a good time. Of course, I did. But this is something I want to work on. I guess working from home has taken  it's toll in this capacity as well.

4. When there is a lot going on, I forget to pull out my camera and take lots of pictures. This is one of those things that if I don't get better at, I won't have wonderful pics to share with you of any fun events I may go to in the future. (Yes, that is a hint of what is or is not yet to come. I realized I had much fewer pics on my camera than I thought.) Bummer.

5. I want to get better at taking photo's. My roommate was the sweetest girl (woman) you ever want to meet. Her name is Koralee (Isn't that a great name?) and her blog is Bluebird Notes.
She takes the most beautiful pictures about the most ordinary things. In fact , there were many wonderful photographers at the event and they have inspired to try to see things in a different way. You all may have to be my guinea pigs. (I'm sorry)

Well, that's it for now. I hope I didn't bore you to much. I know you all want to see photos. Tiffany Kirchner (The Fancy Farmgirl)  was  one of the photographers for the event. As soon as they are available I will  be combining some of her photos with the ones I took to share some of the fun we all had at this super event.



Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Sounds like a FUN time! I need to hit the treadmill, too! Well, at least start walking more.

You look cute! AND you are NOT a dork!!

:) Becky

Dawnll said...

Oh what a great opportunity, I would have loved to attend. I also need to get myself out there and meet more people. Thanks for sharing the adventure

Sheila Rumney said...

Sounds great! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

Diane Mars said...

You look darling, so glad you had a great time and expanded your comfort zone, I think we all have different things to work on but when you are surrounded by so many talented women all in one place it really shoes it's crazy head! oxox, Diane

Hearts Turned said...

Hi, Karen--welcome home!

So glad you had a great time...would have loved to join in...maybe another year!

I was just laughing reading through all your comments about yourself...sounds just like me! Sometimes it takes doing something different to really see ourselves in a different way, doesn't it?!

So glad you loved Koralee--I love her words and images, too...she seems like the sweetest of women!

Hope you are having a wonderful day & are getting to relax a bit!


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had a W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. time :D

The highlight of my time had I been there would have been rooming with Koralee...she is soooo sweet and her blog is a daily treat...oh to take pictures like her :D

I'm like you in that I'm more comfortable in my room by myself...and I need to meet more people :D

Till then I'm living life thru bloggerville :D


She Uses Her Words said...

Welcome home Karen! Glad you had a safe trip. Sounds like you had a dynamite time! Can't wait to hear about it.
xo, Karen
p.s. You're not a dork!

Karin said...

It sounds like it was a great event. I'm laughing at the out of shape comment.....me too!

queen-of-nostalgia said...

You make me laugh :) It sounds like you had sooo much fun! I can't wait to see your pics ;0


queen-of-nostalgia said...

You make me laugh :) It sounds like you had sooo much fun! I can't wait to see your pics ;0


Karen said...

How stinkin' cute you look! I cannot WAIT to hear all about it.
Man - are we alike! LOL.
Hugs! Karen

Debora Hoffmann said...

Hey, Karen--looks like you had a fabulous time at the event! And no, you're not a total dork, silly. :o) If you need help with Facebook and Twitter, let me know...but realize that you have likely learned way more from the seminars than I have stored away in my brain.

Can't wait to hear (and see) more!
~Debora, New Avenue Crew

Unknown said...

Karen, I think you did wonderful and your pic's is so dern cute! For sure you are no Dork either. I think you are perfect because you aren't too big for your britches sorta speak, you have so much talent, I will say after many get published and more well known in the artistic field, even though I realize they are busy, if you leave them a comment they don't even give you the time of day. I know you will never become that type of person and will always remain loyal to your followers and those who love you and that is the best of one of your many gifts! You deserve every break and gift that comes your way. Gee about the sitting, I thought my hips hurt from old age, now I know I'm just young at heart and need to take computer breaks! Lol, Hugs XOXO

koralee said...

Oh my sweet roomie...I miss you already!!! Really I do.
Your words are so kind. I feel the same about you! Hope you are back into the swing of things ...it is very hard to get my head back in this world of mine. We had so much fun.

I am off to peek around your blog some more and follow you! I will be posting some photos soon too...I just need to find some time in my crazy life to do just that!

Hugs sweet new friend.

petite carousel said...

Looked like a really fun event, glad you had a great time!


Cortney said...

Sounds like it was a great time! I also would like to be better at taking photo's-I blame my husband because he always takes photo's and when it's left up to me they are few and far between or blurry. Can't wait to see everything you got photos of.

Cheryl Santiago, MPAS, PA-C said...

If you're a dork, I'm a dork! Love ya!

Charlene said...

I am soooooooooooo glad you had a good time!!!! Isn't Tiffany adorable? I loved her from Petticoats & Parasols. And she is a 2die4 photographer. Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm not waiting for the post. I'm CALLING YOU!!!!!!!!! HUGS! Charlene

Shell said...


An Eye opener,apparently! How fun though to explore your STRENGTHS (for my dear, you DO have many)but to be able to tune into areas you want to work on! Your photos are always GREAT,,,,,something I NEED to work on,,,,and I think, a new camera is in order......

Can't wait to hear more about the event!

Hugs and Love,

stefanie said...

how much fun is that!!! you are just to cute!!!
can't wait to see more pics!

Sandy Navarro said...

So glad you had a great time. What a wonderful opportunity to meet so many of your WBC ladies in person! Can't wait to see all the pics.

Tanya said...

I don't know if you're a dork or not (smile) but I love your shirt! This event sounds great. Can't wait to see the pics.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Karen,

I think I can give a "ditto" to just about everything you pointed out. I'm such a homebody!! I want to attend one of these events so bad but it's really "larger than life" in my mind. {sigh} But the thing is that I LOVE people and talking..go figure! ha And know I'd really have a good time. I'm glad I'm not alone..thank you for being so honest.

I can't believe you got to room with Koralee! Our Bluebird girl..isn't she the sweetest cutest thing!? I've been following her blog for about a year I guess. She is such an encouraging soul. I'm so glad you met her.

I'll watch for another update. I'm so glad you went and had such a good time. I know it was totally life changing. I'll be interested to hear more about Facebook and Twittering.

Hugs to you,
Stephanie ♥

Tina said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time Karen, can´t wait to see more.
xo Tina

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Karen,
Welcome home!
I love to go to events and trips but ooo... I do so love to be back home afterwards.
So glad you enjoyed your trip.
Smiles, Angela.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen!
That sounds like so much fun.....a blessing to be surrounded by other creative and supportive women.
Thanks again for the lovely blog.
Sabre' :)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

So glad you had a wonderful time, Sounds like a lot of fun, and a great opportunity!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

Leanne said...

You know it is okay to spend some time for yourself at these big events -- otherwise its total overload. I'm introverted by nature and found that if I didn't give myself that alone time in between "getting out there", I was a wreck by the end....

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohh what a lovely time you have had, wish I could have been there with you. Looking forward to your next post. Hugs, Mandy x

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Sounds like you really learned a lot and were inspired to make things happen for yourself. Isn't that what those creative gatherings are all about? Wish I could have gone. Thanks for sharing.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

So glad to hear you had such a great time...

I'm wondering about Where Bloggers Create??? I'm actually finishing my sewing room....and I'd love to post it next time around... Do you know when that would be?? :-)

Warm blessings,

PS.... Nope, not a dork. Just a happy chickie.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

So glad you had a wonderful time and I can't wait to see pictures and hear more about it all. I so want to attend that great event one day.

Glad you are back!
Lee Ann

Angela said...

I would have loved to have gone to this event as well. I bet it was a lot to take in.
Sounds like you went alone which is hard to push thru and make new friendships. A bit overwhelming I'm sure! Are you coming to Silver Bella, too?
Girl you are being a bit hard on yourself - you have a GREAT blog! :)

Unknown said...

you make me laugh!!!! I think I am such a people person, until you put me in a room full of women. Then the pillows and books and t.v. look really good to me, as well!!!!
Love the blogs you mentioned. Tiffany has been a fav. of mine for a long time. I first wrote to her about blogs when I first got started!!!!
Glad you are back and had a great time!

Monica said...

You look sooo happy! Can't wait to read/see more!

Toyin O. said...

Looks like you had a fun time.


Suzanne MacCrone Rogers • Italian Girl in Georgia™ said...

Hey Girl!

It was so good to meet you in person last week. I had a wonderful time talking with you during the seminars and on the "Twin Cities" vintage bus that transported us in style to the Junk Bonanza.

By the way, I thought that you were GREAT in front of everyone at the seminars and panel discussions.

Stay in touch and so will I.

Ciao bella,

Can't wait to see what beautiful creations you make with the pretty stuff you purchased.

My Arts Desire said...

Adorable shot of you, Karen! And you can't be "the dork" because that job's already been filled by me {for verification, check w/my teenagers!}. I had so hoped to attend this year as we lived in Mpls. for 16 years once upon a time. Maybe next year. I can only imagine how inspiring it was to meet so many wonderful people! Xo, Sue

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

You are so cute, Karen... not a dork at all, love that "hi" photo! I hear you on the comfort zone, I too need to get out a bit more and work on my social skills outside of chatting w/my pets each day!

Thanks for sharing your experiences, it sounds like it was a blast!

Sandy said...

How fun that you learned so much at the event and about yourself. I would have loved to attend, maybe next time. Thank you for letting us have a peek at all the fun.

Sandy said...

How fun that you learned so much at the event and about yourself. I would have loved to attend, maybe next time. Thank you for letting us have a peek at all the fun.

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