Our bags are officially unpacked for the next 2 weeks and it feels so great to not be living out of a suitcase. The last 2 weeks have been a bit crazy, even for our normally busy schedule.
Within 10 days accomplished the following: we drove to and attended the WPPI conference in Las Vegas (yeah – Vegas baby!); a mere 12 hours later we were on a flight to Nashville to speak at the Blissdom conference; then after getting home, we had a quick two days to finish preparations for a luncheon and gathering with KitchenAid and 45 bloggers we were hosting in our studio.
We didn’t sleep much over those 2 weeks.
The strange thing is, even though we’ve been going full-throttle the whole time, neither of us feel the least bit tired. In fact, quite the opposite, we are charged and ready to rock and roll.
All of the events were amazing. At WPPI we witnessed passionate photographers sharing their love and knowledge with all of those willing to listen. A couple of the speakers, Jasmine Star and Bambi Cantrell (no those aren’t show girl names – just the names of a couple badass photographers) left us filled with respect for them and we came away with something new to rattle up our mojo. And we got the chance to hang out with some great people (that’s you, Jeremy).
Next at Nashville, we spent several days immersed amongst 700 phenomenal women and 4 or 5 great guys. To watch the sisterhood bonding was amazing and we feel lucky and privileged to have been asked to be a part of it. In a rare solo act, Diane did the session by herself, inspiring and bringing in few heartfelt tears to the audience. She was amazing. For me that was even better than the Grand Ole Opry show we saw later (although that was pretty good, too.)
Once back home, Sierra was given her dreaded bath, but that was only so she could be all soft and sweet smelling cause we missed our little one and needed some puppy cuddles. She gets super pouty when we are gone, even though Diane’s brother spoils her rotten with love and attention while we are away. But a night or two of sleeping on the bed with us and all is right in her doggie world.
Soon we were picking up Rachel from KitchenAid and swinging open the doors to our studio to another set of amazing women. The excitement and giddiness was crazy and after a four hours of mimosas, cupcakes, cooking demos (by the wondrous ladies Cristina Ferrare, Alex Thomopolous, and Joy the Baker), and giveaways (including the Red Goddess) we wrapped up our insane string of events.
And we couldn’t be happier. Filled with inspiration and energy from being surrounded by so many extraordinary people. Everyone supporting, encouraging, and helping one another in their life journeys. Going from total strangers to confidants in an moment. It makes us both truly happy and proud to be a part of the communities we run with.
Or maybe this giddiness is all from the approach of spring. Who knows?
P.S. What re-charges you? What gives you a renewed energy, inspiring you to go out and take on the world? Or go out and share with the world? Share your stories and inspirations.