Oh boy where do I begin!!!! I have been pondering this moment all week trying to figure out how to articulate the amazing time I had at SNAP! I have decided to break up my recap into three parts. This way you don’t suffer from information overload, and I can allow each incredible part of my conference experience to shine!
Just Being Myself:
Last year was my first conference and I spent most of my time lost, a little lonely, and extremely intimidated by all of the amazing women in the room. What changed for me this year, aside from having one conference notch on my belt, was my attitude. I decided to focus on observing, learning, and most importantly just being myself! This was not easy given the amazingly talented women I was coming in contact with (and trust me there are some SUPER talented ladies at this conference. The who’s who of the craft world if you will!) But you know what, being myself worked! I took that theme to heart by switching my attitude to one of learning and appreciation for the people around me, and not trying to be someone I wasn’t to impress others, I was less intimidated and got so much more out of this conference! I was more relaxed, had more fun, and I think that opened me up to a richer conference experience that I would have had if I focused on my insecurities!
I love that the SNAP team announced the conference theme as Just Be You based off of this beautiful necklace design by Amy Cornwell. All 325 conference attendees were given a necklace as a token of the weekend. How lucky can you get!
The Power of Women (and twelve men!):
I loved being able to reconnect with friends, and meet so many new people that I can not wait to keep in touch with and learn from. The power of being surrounded by these amazing women (and twelve men whom I did not meet but am sure their positive energy added great things to the weekend, ha!) gives me strength to keep plugging away at my business, and uplifted me to continue to believe in myself and my abilities!
The best roommate ever! She had me laughing at her stories until all hours of the night! Heather from A Couple of Craft Addicts!
I was terrible about taking photos of people this weekend but there were many, many more ladies that made my weekend so much fun! Bev from Flamingo Toes, Sara from Mom Endeavors, Tara from Tara Dara Made It…the list goes on and on. You know who you are and you all are awesome!
Why SNAP! totally Rocks!
SNAP was a gathering of 325 shop owners and bloggers from the handmade community. I could really stop there and it would be enough said, ha! But seriously, this conference went off without a hitch. From the minute we arrived the scenery and accommodations at Thanksgiving Point were breathtaking. The entire weekend we were surrounded by beautiful mountains, blankets of brightly colored tulips, and a creatively decorated event venue that would make Martha Stewart giddy! Tauni and her team (the Snapettes as they are affectionately called) left no detail unattended and their hard work, creativity, and passion for the handmade community came shining through! I am so honored to have been a part of the weekend and can not wait to see what the future holds for SNAP!
Wow, see why I need to break this up into parts! Stay tuned for Part 2- what I learned!