Monday, June 1, 2009

Courage









Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Presently I'm sipping hot chai tea, listening to the birds twitter about their morning. School starts next Monday so I'm trying to plan out my week with two objectives: get caught up and try and enjoy the sunshine. Sometimes both can seem impossible.

I wanted to let you know about the Country Living Women's Entrepreneur Event, held down at Navy Pier this past Saturday! I had been looking forward to this event for months now and it did not disappoint. The panelists were informed, encouraging and a pure delight. The 2009 Women Entrpreneurs were a hoot *grins* in so many different ways. This is a distilled version of what I walked away with:

1. Research your customers
2. Hone your niche (especially in a down economy)
3. Don't give up, even in the face of great odds

Now, what this sage advice and all this inspiration means to me and my little Red Otter business, I'm not sure. But, I will tell you, I met some of the neatest women at this event--a little band of truly charming bloggers too--and the knowledge that I'm not alone, that someone out there "gets" me, that's the joy I will carry in my pocket as I go forth, where ever that may be.

PS. I took Andrew to La Crosse this weekend--the summer of his ten week internship has begun. If you think of me, send a smile or two because I'm going to miss him! Heaps!

Images from Country Living and .naa.'s flickr

34 comments:

knack said...

ooooh... so wonderful! I wish I could have gone to this...have always wanted to!

I love the point you ttok away and I love the quote....thanks for this today!

knack said...

oops i meant took...not ttok :)

paula said...

The quote is just what I needed. Thank you for your encouragement. You are such a dear friend.

Little House on Green said...

you always find the most beautiful photos to share! sounds like a lovely weekend :)

hmstrjam said...

love the quote! lacrosse woot woot

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

it must have been a wonderful event! the quote is just perfect! enjoy your monday, darling!

our little love nest said...

I love the quotes and the lovely photos. How encouraging and inspiring is all that!! :)

bronwyn said...

Ten weeks! I hope there are some weekend visits planned. School is starting so soon. That is very exciting. At least you'll have that as a distraction to get you through the ten weeks. I'm sure it will fly by. Sending you virtual hugs!

beth said...

I am so glad we went too! Just cultivated those desires in me even more. Still fuzzy on the details, but more confident on my abilities each day.

I ended up taking off after we parted. Met my sis at a charming wine cafe and shared my inspirational day over a couple glasses.
see you soon.

down and out chic said...

oh i just love matisse and this quote is exactly what i needed to hear today so thank you!

Lizzy said...

What a wonderful post for a dreary Monday morning here!

Chickadee Chick said...

Best wishes, Julia, with Andrew away for ten weeks. That's never easy. I miss Kris everyday because he's now working at least 12 hours at a time...lunch and dinner are loneliest because those were our moments to connect. I'm thinking of you (: (: And...I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bubbles photo.

TheDecoDetective said...

I know what you mean - my BF is working abroad for the next year (possibly two). Maybe we need to exchange smiles!
Good luck with school!
Trudi xo

Rachel Follett said...

What a great quote and your Monday sounds lovely! Thanks for your tips and I am so sorry to hear about your hubby leaving. It will go by so quick!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Thank you Julia, this is so cool!

Kotori said...

The quote is just about perfect - sounds like you had a wonderful time.

10 weeks is a long time, but it will be over before you know it. I'm sending good thoughts your way!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

those are some great advice and we'll keep you in good company this summer ;)

xx

Savvy Mode SG said...

i like the quote.

cindy : quaint said...

sending you massive virtual hugs. at least one each day :).

Joyce said...

The event sounds like it was wonderful. I'm sending you many hugs from my corner to yours. xoxo

Jeanneoli said...

It was wonderful meeting you! I am traveling back to Colorado today and tomorrow. I will be checking out your blog more once I am home!

Maizie Designs said...

Thanks for this little Monday pick me up! I needed that little push to get me through the day and I loved hearing about those inspiring women-makes me want to keep pushing along with my own endeavors! Thanks!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

The Matisse quote is pure perfection! Perfect for the gathering and perfect for what you gleaned from going. 10 weeks is a LONG time...

Callie Grayson said...

So happy that your event was fun and inspiration with a great take away:)
sad for you, that Andrew is away on his internship. I sure hope it goes by quickly for you!!!
xx
callie

It' an Evolution said...

It was nice to spend time with you and meet you as well. I got the same things out of it too...still have to find time to do my post today.
One day away from the house and it blows up...two days worth of cleaning and organizing :)
Take care and looking forward to following your blog...
Janet

Kasey said...

i've been perusing thru your blog...
love.love
xo

littlebyrd said...

I can imagine this was a pretty inspiring event and weekend!! How great you got to go!! I will be thinking of you and wishing you well during the time Andrew is gone.

PS~Erin said...

Oh, wow. Sounds like a neat thing. I read abt it in Country Living. So cool. And your quote is so so true.

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Looks fabulous ( i love that feathered hat)! You have lots of blogger friends who will keep you company although i do appreciate how much you will miss Andrew :) Have a beautiful week!

Ps. My gorgeous notebook arrived and is the envy of my work mates! I will post a pic on my blog soon :)

blue moss said...

sounds so great!!!!! and inspiring!

Brittany Noel said...

Sounds like this was a successful trip! What a treat to meet so many inspiring women. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what you learned :)

Alyssa said...

HI! I truly enjoyed sitting next to you during the big event :) Always nice to meet another lovely blogger/business friend. Hope your ride home was smooth! Oh - I hope that 10 weeks flies by!!!

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