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Let’s Go to Camp: School House Craft Blogger’s Summer Camp!

Hello friends! It has been a very busy few months for me, with a lot of new happenings to report, but first up, School House Craft!  I had previously interned for them at the end of Summer in 2011 and recently became involved again this year.

First, a little background info: School House Craft (SHC) is an AWESOME resource for small business entrepreneurs and crafty creators of all kinds.  Every time around I leave feeling super inspired and energized by everyone I meet and all of the wonderful information I learn. The organization is lead by Andrea Porter and Marlo Miyashiro, two very knowledgeable and awesome ladies!

Just a couple weeks ago, they held their first ever Blogger’s Summer Camp. A one day conference focused on blogging featuring two panels of super awesome and experienced bloggers. I helped ahead of time spreading the word about the conference, and brainstorming/creating decorations for the “camp”.  Helping with this part was a lot of fun for me! I love themed events/parties and decorating for them, so this was a real treat.

The conference was held at the Mount Baker Community Club, a wonderful venue tucked away in the South Seattle neighborhood of Mount Baker.  The building itself was established in 1909 and has been maintained beautifully since.  Flooded with natural light from large windows and natural wood floors- the club house really helped carry the camp theme charm!

On the day of the conference following setup, I was snapping pictures and live-tweeting the event. (I love tweeting!) It was so much fun seeing the attendees positive reactions to the decorations and space, and also hearing their feedback in live time via twitter. Did I also mention that Marlo made the best s’mores dessert, ever?! So yummy and such perfect sweet for camp!

Overall the day was awesome! At the end of the event, I was inspired and excited to kick start my blog again.  I’m also very much looking forward to their upcoming annual conference in September!

Check out the wrap up posted on the SHC blog featuring some of my tweets and photos.

I also highly recommend checking out the speaker blogs:

Until next time! XO – M

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Standing Still.

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
-Andrew Jackson, quoting Napoleon Bonaparte

I fall victim to myself by thinking entirely too much.  It’s always good to think things through and create a plan, but do you ever just take too much time analyzing and thinking about everything so much you aren’t able to get anything done? That’s where I have been for far too long.  I won’t deny myself the fact that I have accomplished some things and that creating and achieving goals can take time, but for the most part I feel like I have just gone in circles. I know what I want to do, at least I think that’s the case. Yet, when the time for action arrives I’m frozen on the same step, unable to move forward.  I’m just stuck. Even with I think I’ve figured it out and know what to do next, I’m still left standing in pretty much the same place.

Often times when I feel out of sorts or look for a new point of inspiration, I turn to quotes.  In this situation, I find this quote to be quite fitting and also a little comforting:

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I know I’m not the first person in the world to hit this bump in the road and I know I will overcome it with time.  I guess with anything, the first step to overcoming anything is acknowledgement, right?

So I’m looking at you roadblock and I acknowledge your presence, but you will not stop me from reaching my goals. So I’m moving beyond you now and will continue on my road of growth and creation. Thank you for whatever lesson you have taught me, at some point I will figure it out.

Have you ever hit a roadblock or an obstacle which held you back? How did you overcome it?  I would love to hear your stories and just maybe, we can inspire and help each other if we hit another one in the future.

Until next time,
XO,
Michaela Rose

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