I recently found this photo on my iPhone. I remember taking it on the Hudson River ferry ride coming back to our hotel on the second day of setting up our first booth at the National Stationery show in NYC, this past May.
I was attempting to take a serious selfie, when my husband, Jay, made me laugh. We were both exhausted, but thankfully, still had a sense of humor. I love this photo because you can see Jay in one lens and my selfie hands in the other. And I love that I am cracking up in the midst of an incredibly chaotic day.
There is so much to write about the show. So much I learned, so much goodness, so much stress, so much growing. There is so much to share, that I don’t even know where to start.
So I’ll start with this: Preparing and going to this show was one of the hardest and bravest things I have ever done. I had lots of doubts and fears, and way over-the-top anxiety. But inside, there was always a calm sense of truth coming from my heart. In quiet moments, I absolutely knew without a doubt, that this was the right next step to take. I knew that it would all work out.
I learned so much about myself from showing up and showing up fully, even though it was intimidating, even though I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing, and even through it cost a crazy amount of money.
I’ve learned to listen more to that calm voice that comes from inside my heart. It’s almost like I can feel it resonating right in my chest. I think of it as my centered-self, the quiet place of knowing.
And for that alone, the show was all worth it, and I am grateful.