WIN A TICKET!
Still wishing you had a ticket to the upcoming Alt Summit conference? Well, we've got good news! Waverly Inspirations, maker of gorgeous fabrics and inspirational crafting, is giving away a ticket to one lucky person. Because the conference is so super sold out, this may be your only chance to party with us in Palm Springs! And entering is so easy, just head on over to Waverly Inspirations' Instagram @InAWaverlyWorld, follow and leave a comment for your chance to win! Update: contest is now closed.
WELCOME BACK SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
We are all so excited that Sherwin-Williams, your neighborhood paint store, is returning to Alt for another year! Whether you’re looking for color inspiration or expert advice, they are ready to help. They are looking forward to connecting with new friends and DIYers at this year's Alt Summit, and can’t wait to hear about your upcoming painting projects! Plan on visiting them in their courtyard booth space. In the meantime you can start the conversation on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
Over and over we've heard from Alt Summit attendees that roundtables are one of the best learning opportunities at the conference because these are sessions where you can talk face-to-face with experts about dozens of topics. Everything from negotiating with sponsors to creating digital products to keeping a business fresh to creating a mission statement; the list goes on and on. This year we're devoting an entire day in one room to roundtables! Expect three different sessions with 15 different topics. Which means you'll get to choose from over 40 discussions in categories like business, design, style, and life. Many of our roundtable experts are already up on the speaker page. Take a look!
When Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons spoke at Alt Summit 2016, she explored the possibilities of discovering herself through reinvention with the understanding that it is never too late. Career adviors often suggest looking back to childhood for answers about the future. Go ahead and try it, open yourself to new possibilities. Think back to your own childhood and explore what you loved most. How does that compare to what you do now, what you want to do, and its ability to increase your personal happiness?
For this weeks Alt Chatter we asked three Alt Speakers how they figured out what their passion/niche/topic was.
Jane Mosbacher Morris - To The Market
I knew I wanted to connect the incredible artisan women I met around the world with consumers and businesses when I saw how HAPPY the women were to have a job and be paid a living wage for work that they loved. I think we all have different passions and I gauge passion based on what makes my heart flutter. Not to get back to dating, but when you meet your significant other (my hubby proposed on the first date!), you often just know. It's the same thing with passions! If you are excited and can't wait to learn more, that's a good indicator that a topic/issue/cause is a good fit!
Reichel Broussard - Copy Cat Chic
I fell into my blog niche/topic accidentally. I love to browse and shop online. When we bought our first house, I spent a lot of time browsing home design sites looking for inspiration. It came naturally to me to try to find those same looks but for less. I’ve been a deal hunter my entire life. So I just combined my deal sleuthing skills with my eye for decor and my blog was born. It was a hobby turned business, which is why it’s so rewarding to me. It’s something I previously did just for fun, so it was pretty amazing when turned into a career as well.
Sara Roberts - Handmade Mood
I love food and I love creating recipes. When I can't make time for anything else (like learning hand lettering, or finishing a quilt), I will always find a way to come up with new food ideas. I also never run out of ideas for new recipes. I think there's no more to be said on something like Nanaimo Bars, but because I love them so much, I think of new ways to write about them and make them.
Have you found your creative passion? How does it compare to what you loved as a child?