This past week I had the pleasure of being in the studio audience at CreativeLive for April Bowles-Olin’s course on creating digital products. I was also pleased to be frequently called upon during the one day, twenty-one module course designed to make your products uniquely irresistible. It was pretty much the best ever and it went like this…

 

 

 

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Packing up!

I have been prepping for this trip pretty hard, so I was very grateful on Sunday when I was able to chill out and just be in the moment. I was totally ready to go, and I even felt ready which is not usual. My awesome new planner was really helping me keep things focused while allowing glimpses of peripheral tasks. Wait til you see it. It is rad.

 

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on the runway

 

Traveling to SF on Sunday was smooth as silk, thank goodness. April had scheduled a meet & greet for 7pm that evening, so Jane and I made plans to arrive an hour early for some catch up. The gathering was only supposed to go from 7-8, but of course we were all so excited to be meeting in person, it went a little longer. I got to my room about 10pm, way past my normal bed time especially since I had to get up at 6am the next day.

 

Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.

Dinner at Hard Knox? Uh, yeah!

 

Monday morning at around 1:30, I was awakened but what I assume was a raccoon making all kinds of racket in the back yard. I did finally manage to fall back to sleep but when 6am rolled around, I was so not ready for it. I overestimated (as usual) the time it takes to travel from Byron’s to CL so I was early. The coffee wasn’t even ready when I got there and I was in desperate need of some. The rest of the ladies arrived well before 8am, we were all so pumped up to be there. The energy in that room was practically buzzing. And I finally got to meet Kris with a K, so that was rad.

 

Kris is even more amazing iIRL

Kris is even more amazing IRL

 

Monday night I met up with my friend and favorite newborn photographer, K.Sienk, and stayed out past my bedtime again.

 

Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.

this beauty

 

 

Tuesday, I had an amazing dinner and conversation with my dear friend, Jane. She is simply fabulous. Of all the things CreativeLive has done for me, bringing Jane into my life has been the greatest. After dinner, I hooked up with my pal Shastablasta at Social Sketch, a gathering of artists at a local bar and it was delightful. I wish San Diego had stuff like this going on. Maybe I need to get that started. I think so.

This night, I made it to bed pretty much on schedule.

 

Social Sketch

Social Sketch

 

 

Wednesday was the last day. Those three days flew by. I truly appreciate everyone who took time to watch and participate in the chat! Is was so great hearing Chris say your names. I was very excited to get to talk about how I make my product uniquely irresistible. Then the wrap party.

 

Time flies when you are having fun!

Time flies when you are having fun!

 

Thursday, I was exhausted and kind of sad, kind of like the feeling you get after Christmas. If I couldn’t be at CreativeLive anymore, then I just wanted to be home. I missed my family.

 

See you later, fishies

See you later, fishies

 

 

Friday, I spent some time touching base with some fellow creatives, answering comments on my blog and Instagram. I was very eager to start working on all that I had learned, then I laid down for a quick cat nap and slept for 4 hours. Ooops. My niece had a play that night so as much as I wanted to stay home, we wanted to support her amazing talent. But first, dinner at the taco shop. I love SoCal.

 

mmmmm tacos

mmmmm tacos

 

 

Saturday I worked on some custom orders and on Sunday, Greg and I started planning our epic winter camping trip to Yosemite. I can’t believe it is less than two weeks away. This year has gone by so fast.

 

And now it’s Monday again. Sad face! It feels like my trip was a month ago. I miss going to the CreativeLive studios in the morning and talking to my wonderful, passionate friends and feeling that incredible energy. Better go check the catalog to see if there are any upcoming courses I can apply for ;)

 

 

Did you watch April’s course? What was your ‘AHA!” moment? Did I exhibit RBF? Please share in the comments!