My Conventions

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I have been putting on scrapbooking conventions for going on 9 years. They are not the BIG ones like Scrapbook Expo, GASC, Mega Meet or CKC nor are they the retreats with 30-40 people, but they are 'in between'. I kind of like to call them "miniventions" because I have some GREAT vendors, awesome classes and the best part....cropping almost around the clock. I have 162 cropping spots avaiable per show.

My registration goes up about 6 weeks prior to each convention. For the first 6 years, it generally took up to the week of convention to fill up...and I didn't always fill up. At that point I started thinking, well, maybe this won't be able to keep going because maybe people don't want to get together and scrapbook like this....WELL....I admit...I WAS WRONG...*grin. For the last few years, my conventions have been filling up quicker and quicker.

I bring this up, because I have just broken a record.......I AM FULL in less than a week for the first time. Now it is the crop portion that is full and there are classes that still have space, but I am so excited about this I just wanted to share.

If you haven't been to a convention, plan on joining us in the Fall or even next year as we CELEBRATE 10 YEARS.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

I know that many people have seen the idea from Ali Edwards about choosing a "word" for yourself for the year.

Well, of my extremely talented friend challenged a group of us to do that to and then create a project for it.

I accepted the challenge and I chose the word PROGRESS. Why did I choose this word? Well, 2007 has been a great year and I have made alot of good starts for things I want to do for my life, but I needed to continue doing and adding to those things and after asking my friends for help, we came up with the word PROGRESS.

What I love about this word is that if I make goals and don't complete them, I won't feel like I have failed if I have even done ONE thing towards that goal. I am not going to spend my time beating myself up because I haven't reached my goals, instead I'm going to focus on the PROGRESS that I make in each area.

This works for me in every aspect of my life, I don't have to say, I'm going to lose 50 lbs this year, or I'm going to have a better relationship with my family. I just am going to say, I will make PROGRESS in all these areas, even if it just drinking a glass of water each day to start, or giving and extra hug or kiss each day....or heck even each week....each step is progress.

As I do make progress in different parts of my life, I will share and hopefully help you make progress in your life and I hope you will share your progress with me too.

Here is the project that I did. It isn't done yet, in fact it is just started. As the year goes on, I will add to it and eventually, it will be done, but for is just making PROGRESS.