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A Beautiful Learning Experience - Click Away Part 2

Monday, September 22, 2014

The first day of the conference started early.  I needed to get checked in, and also drop off my camera for a cleaning.  I was so thankful they were offering free cleanings while I was there because that has been on the list for awhile.

The event opened with a keynote from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.  I knew her talk would be on creativity, but I didn't know that it would start the soul stirring that would only intensify through the conference.


I want to capture a few of the things she spoke to her in talk:

You have entitlement to create, you don't need a permission slip.

We have been creating for 30,000 years, we have been doing agriculture for 10,000 years.  Creativity is engrained in us, we though that creating was more important than feeding ourselves.

Perfectionism is fear in high clothes, it is couture.  Perfect is a myth, no matter what someone will criticize it.

Done is better than good.  Finishing is imperative.  The joy is in creating your journey - do more after you finish.

Women's creativity came out of stole time & materials.

If you aren't making something you will lose your mind.  Creative mins need a tasks.  If you don't want your mind to be a border collie chewing at the wallpaper and destroying the house, give it a creative project.

Be the lobster at the masked ball.  Own your creativity in the world - be brave and risk humility.

Stop thinking things are problems - think of them as puzzles.  Problems are debilitating, puzzles are interesting.

Time will never be there, yet get the work done.  Be selective about guarding your space and what you bring into it.  Delicious opportunities will need to be turned down in order to do your beautiful work.

Never has there been a better chance in history to live a creative life.


The main expo floor had all of the prints from the photography competition, numerous vendors and little couched areas where you had the chance to mingle with speakers from sessions.

I loved the opportunity to listen to Lacey Meyers and Karen Russell for a quick minute between sessions.  I have fallen in love with Lacey's work of her three boys.  I hope I am capturing the wild imagination of my little guy with such beauty.


After a full day of hearing Megan Squires, Jamie Rubeis and Ashley Westphal, I gathered together with some of the ladies I had met the previous night for another wonderful dinner.  Some of the girls opted to rent a nearby house instead of staying in a hotel, and graciously had us over for a catered meal.  It was fun to chat some more and snap a few photos.


It was such a joy to spend a little time with Karen, she is such a beautiful person inside and out.  And like I told her when I hugged her goodbye, I can't even begin to express my gratitude, she is so much more than a teacher (and if you are looking for an online photography workshop, run to sign up for hers).


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