Happy Monday, everyone! Today, I am sitting down at my desk to write for the first time in nearly two weeks. I am still in my pj's with the window open behind me and the crisp, fall air coming in. I am watching these two little baby kittens we rescued run around like Simba and Nala on the soft floor of my office without a care in the world. *Sigh* It's nice to just be for a moment. The last few weeks have been busy between two back-to-back weddings, preparing for another one on the 26th, and being a stylist in a Mini Styling workshop sponsored by Handspun Cinema and Paisley & Jade last week. Needless to say, it's been hectic. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being productive and am a hard worker but I also value rest and down time. It's lovely to have a slow, sleepy Monday on the books. Balance, you are so good. But enough of that, on to why we are here....
Photo by: Kim Stockwell Photography
A few weeks back, I received an email from Whitney Trevillian, one half of the two part duo that makes up Handspun Cinema (her boo Josh makes up the other part). She asked me if I would be a stylist in a free mini styling workshop that they were hosting alongside Paisley and Jade and Annamarie Akins right before the upcoming Tuesdays Together meeting (if you are unfamiliar with Tuesdays Together, check out the Rising Tide Society website for more information). My initial reaction was two parts: one part honor and one part intimidation. I was honored and humbled that they had asked me to be a part of something like this, but I was also (admittedly) somewhat intimidated to be working along side two other very skilled and distinguished planning/styling brands here in Richmond. If you know me then you know I often focus on areas in my life and business that have room for growth versus areas that are already strong. What can I say? I am always trying to improve myself. However, with the encouragement of my husband, parents, and a few friends I decided I would be a part of it. It did sound fun.
The whole idea behind the workshop was to give creatives (photographers, planners, florists, designers, writers, and more) in the Richmond market an opportunity to learn how to style for Instagram and photo shoots. Each of the companies represented have very different brands and styles and so we were each asked to bring styling materials that were representative of our aesthetic. Whitney described the Maggie's Misc aesthetic as soft and romantic. *Swoon* Each of us would then have a styling bar at Paisley & Jade on which we could talk with attendees, give them tips, and let them work.
The workshop was from 3:30 - 5:30 and we each arrived around 2:00 for set up. There were three stylists represented (including Maggie's Misc), a florist, and three stationary companies. Once all the attendees arrived, they were split up into four groups. The groups then alternated between stations. Each group was at each station for 25 minutes. At the very end of the workshop, they then had the opportunity to style with the materials each of us had contributed. I talked to the attendees about the three C's of styling. Concept. Composition. Continuity. I shared with them information I learned from my time as an Art History major in college along with information I have received as a part of some continuing education. However, a majority of my design skill is self-taught (isn't it funny how things like this can make you insecure?). The workshop was a lot of fun. The attendees seemed excited and it was great seeing so many different types of businesses and people in one location. I got to see old friends in the industry while making new ones all at the same time.
The lesson I took away from this experience: Don't let intimidation keep you from pursuing something good. As I mentioned before, prior to the event I was experiencing insecurity and intimidation at the thought of be represented along side two other amazing companies. I was the newest stylist of the three and therefore the least experienced. However, it was a great honor to be involved and a wonderful learning and confidence building experience for me. Sure, I may not be as far along as others in the industry in terms of styling or social media presence, but we all have to start somewhere. The old adage rings so true dear friends, comparison truly is the thief of joy. We are all at different places. Some of us are just starting out on our journeys. Some are farther along. And some are very experienced. But the truth is that there are highs and lows, joys and struggles at each and every stage. No one has it all figured out and you know what? That's okay. If we did, we wouldn't seek God in the process. He has created each and every person for a different purpose and no one can accomplish what you were made to do. One of the most loving things God has done is to make all of humanity unique. I am just thankful that I get to be even a little part of this industry. I am thankful that I get to do what I do everyday. I am thankful for a roof over my head and for food on my plate. I am thankful for freedom in Jesus, and I am thankful and humbled that God thinks enough of my messy little life to give me what He does and to gently push me along the way. I don't need any more or any less. Just being yourself is a wonderful thing.
Photos by: Annamarie Akins Photography
Thanks for stopping by.
Photo by: Kim Stockwell Photography
Florist: Florals by Geoff | Stationary: Sincerely Amy Designs; English Tea Paperie; Dejlige Creative