I’m finally home! I got to sleep in my own bed last night and got cuddles from my kids before we all conked out. Its amazing how tired you can get driving!
The show was really fun and not to mention a major learning experience for me not only professionally but personally as well. Above you can see Annette and Leah (who were fabulous at keeping me sane at the show!) putting together one of the dreaded shoe cabinets (the first one was a hassle lol) for the booth. I really don’t know what I would have done without them standing strong and confident beside me!
From that hot mess this is how our booth turned out. 🙂
We didn’t win the best new exhibitor booth award that I was hoping to win before we left (congrats to the winner!) but as I was standing there (the stage was right across from us) and the initial disappointment wore off I realized something. It was one of those flashes that I don’t think happen nearly enough, where everything is clear and in perspective. I realized that I didn’t want to win for the reasons that you might think, I realized that I wanted to win as a way of someone telling me I had the right to be there, that I was good enough. That what I was doing was worthwhile and not some crack pot dream.
I grew up as the only girl child from parents who made it clear that they had never wanted a girl and I think that has left me looking for that outside approval for pretty much ever. But as I looked at the booth I realized I didn’t need that award to feel like I’ve accomplished something because I had just by being there and I was proud of that. I LIKED my booth, it turned out pretty much like I had envisioned and I was proud of that too. There’s definitely room for growth and ways to improve but for once I can honestly say that I put everything I had out there, did my best and was content. If you know me you know that I always feel like I need to be doing more, that it all could have been better but this one time I am happy and proud.
Not the happy go lucky post CHA post you might have expected but there it is 🙂
I did have a ton of people, exhibitors, retailers and some people that I respect and look up to come over and tell me how much they liked the booth and give some great encouragement and I have to thank them tons! Day one I was so nervous I barely ate for fear of it all coming back up and they really helped me feel comfortable by the end of the day.
So overall the show was a big success, there’s a ton of work to do now, I have to put a lot of things away here at home and a groove to try to get back into. 🙂 That’s going to be the hardest part lol. No ready made breakfast and free evening drinks XD