Two down, two to go. Another town and one more show…
Not exactly the lyrics to Yes’ “Leave It”, but close enough. The expo last Saturday (just like the last) was a great learning experience, networking event and opportunity to hone my processes. Not a huge customer turnout – I sold about half of my inventory – but i connected with a lot of awesome local small businesses. And the customers that did show up were excited to win prizes from my raffle! Win Win all the way around!
What more, while i thought i was overthinking, overplanning and overlisting, i was actually doing myself a huge favor. For the weeks leading up to the expo, i made lists of what i was making, the ingredients for each cake, what i was carting around with me from one day to the next and what my days’ itineraries were supposed to be. It was getting kind of ridiculous, really. But in action, these lists were completely invaluable! Other than having to circle back to pick up my eggs both baking days, i had everything in order from beginning to end. On both baking days there was a point where i realized i had nothing in particular to do for a few minutes! That’s never happened! I felt so accomplished. I wasn’t rushed or hurried, i didn’t feel stressed, i was in good humor… Even on the day of the event, i was excited, not anxious, about getting everything together. Despite the fact that my “helping hand” for the morning was an easily distracted 6 year old, everything worked out well!
I’m starting to feel “in my groove” folks. I’m actually feeling this is a thing i can do on a regular basis, not just a love and a hobby. Seeing my ability catch up to my aspiration was inspiring! I can think it, i can plan it, and now i know for a fact that I CAN DO IT!
(sometimes you have to be your own hype man. seriously, if you don’t, you can’t expect anyone else to do it either!)
So i tell you to dream your dreams, make your plans, write your lists, build your board, believe in yourself then get out there and do it!
Next up: Finishing the proposal, pulling together a guest list, finalizing the menu and working out the logistics of the Tasting & Launch Party. This one here is a doozy! I’ve got lists everywhere!