You know, for a long time, I just never asked for help with things. Isn’t that the way when we’re young? We think we can do it all, and we can really do a lot. We discover the strength of our spirit and how far our wings can take us. Asking for help in any way was a really hard thing. I became independent as all only children do, because you are often alone. I had cousins to play with and friends but I also felt closest to God in those moments when I was alone and able to re-charge my spirit. Introvert attitude!
But I’m older now. A lot older. Soooo much older.
And help is not only an option, it is a requirement. I can’t do it all alone. Not even close. So while I work alone all day (beside having dear Genevieve by my side)…
… I have friends and family that help me with things and that is what makes me most grateful.
This weekend was one of those times.
I did the reCraft & Relic event, which was my first two-day show. Lots of work. Lots of meeting people and setting up and a new location and a lots of anxiety for me. I get that before every show. Why? It’s who I am, I guess.
But my husby was there to help me set up and calm my nerves, mostly by saying, “You got this.” Don’t we all need to just hear that sometimes, said out loud by someone we love?
The show was a new one for me but I really loved the whole vibe. I’ve learned that doing these shows introduces you to lots of great people. You meet your “neighbors,” the other vendors there who are always so sweet and helpful. I love that vibe. You all just want everyone to have a good day. Everyone is helpful and kind. It’s very rare when that isn’t the case.
I added a bunting to the top of my booth and loved the color it brought to everything.
Every time I do one of these, I learn more about what I need to do to get people in. There’s so much to look at and you just want people to see what you do in a second so they can come in and take a look! Met so many cool people and once again heard some lovely stories about why they were buying my art. Someone was taking down many of her old pictures in her home, time for something new and a fresh start, and bought a couple of mine to replace them with. Another person bought a couple as gifts for women in her life. Someone else hadn’t planned on buying art but loved the saying and vibe and wanted to have it hanging up in a place where she could see it every day. A few people asked about the sentiment behind my tree girls series.
The stories are the blessings in this. Art blesses us when we spend our time creating it and when we put it in our homes and offices to surround ourselves with something that lifts our spirits.
I had friends give me great advice about things and family that wished me luck, and my mom came to help me out, too.
It’s all a reminder about the importance of connection. We can’t do it alone. And God doesn’t want us to. He wants us to rely on Him first and then, we wants us to help each other.
And of course… there’s always a wrinkle that can be thrown into the mix. This time it was car trouble. My cousin came to the rescue! And while we were at his house after the show I got to meet his adorable doggie.
But don’t tell Genevieve!
Oh, who am I trying to kid, Gen knew I spent some time with another dog the minute I came through the door.