I had such a great time this last weekend in Arizona at the Creative Estates Conference. I was inspired, I laughed so hard my gut hurt, I met women who make me want to dream bigger and I formed wonderful friendships.
This was the first year for Creative Estates, so it was a smaller conference with a focus on Craft/DIY bloggers and Handmade Shop Owners celebrating our creativity as women. The great thing about a small conference is that there is not a set expectation and there is more opportunity to get to know everyone.
I spoke on a panel at the conference, and I will share all the highlights from that panel later this week. But first I wanted to share the notes I took during a great panel where Becky Higgins (I’m a fan!) spoke about balancing motherhood and small business. She shared great tips:
– Prioritize the next day’s ToDo’s the night before. Hand write them.
– Find your passion. Don’t pick it for the money.
– Don’t check your email first thing in the morning.
– Have one notebook for all your creative ideas. The second we take an idea and write it down, the more you allow more creative ideas to come in.
– Begin with the end in mind. Don’t start something unless you know what you want to accomplish in the end.
– Make your family #1. Do you want to be the mom with the picture drawn by your child of the back of your head staring at a computer screen?
– Plan rewards to stay motivated. When the big thing is accomplished you need to recharge. Reboot. A fun trip or a pedicure whatever makes you and your family happy.
– Take inventory on your social media time. Use it to connect, but don’t spend too much time.
– Block out two chunks of time during the day that you know you will be online…and that’s it.
– Take a break from social media and take a look at what the break did for you, evaluate it’s effects.
– Have two sections in your bedside notebook for short term and long term goals. Along with your current ToDo list.
– Emotionally- you cannot please everybody.
– Practically- you can’t let other’s complaints affect you personally, because it will eat up your creativity. Hire someone to cover customer service for this reason.
– Let the negativity go. Don’t take it personally.
– Make spirituality the first thing of the day.
– Not a day that goes by without telling your family that you love them. Schedule date nights. Talk with your spouse every night. Communicate!
– Appreciate the ones that support you.
I came away uplifted. I love hearing the little things that help others succeed.
Okay…now for the fun part! Here are a bunch of fun pictures from the conference.
Jen – Becky – myself
myself – Kim – Jen
myself – Jen – Nancy
Jen – Tauni – myself
April & I
April and I had such a blast together. Thank you April for being my roomie! 🙂 Thanks to everyone who made Creative Estates so great, I loved my time with you.
Behind all of these women is a support team. I owe a big thank you to my support team – thank you!