A Conference For Creatives
Four years ago, I went to a one-day workshop in Seattle called, "Promoting Passion" by Brooke Shaden. I had admired Brooke for many years and was so excited to hear her speak for the first time. She was warm and welcoming, and made it a point to not only say hello to everyone, but to really connect with them. I came away from the workshop inspired and thinking about my legacy as a creator. That was a key point for me in my career.
The workshop I attended was a snippet of a larger conference that takes place at different spots all over the world. I was beyond excited when I saw that "Promoting Passion" was taking place in Tucson Arizona. I must have been among the first to reserve their spot and make reservations. As the event approached, I got more and more excited seeing the speakers, workshops, and checking out the ranch/resort that it was being held. I couldn't wait to meet my mentor in person and learn new techniques and processes that would push me as a creator.
I came away from the experience energized and realizing that I am a powerful creator who is part of a community of changemakers. If there was ever a time that I doubted who I am and what I do, this conference has helped push me over that hill. There were so many inspiring moments throughout the workshops, the conversations, and the art that was shared. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with two amazing women while on the resort and connect with the land that my family is from.
I'm an army brat. I moved every 3 years, living not only in the states but also in Germany. So, the idea of home is kind of foreign to me. As I get older, I find myself looking at where my family came from, why we lived where we did, and what my ancestors were like.
My Great Grandmother lived in Northern California my whole life, but that's not where she grew up or where her family was from. When I was a little girl, she used to tell me that our family lived in the states long before they were ever the United States. She used to tell me stories of the ranch that she grew up on in Arizona and what life was like for her. That's all that I know of my family there, stories.
One of my favorite things to do is to sit and commune with the land I'm on. When I was in Tucson, there was something familiar. Something that felt like home. My grandmother has passed, but in those moments, I felt her and our family with me. So, in a way, this trip was me coming home.