Hello from sunny (and hot) Las Vegas!☀️
It’s been quite the trip so far, OMG. First, we miss our flight to Las Vegas (it was a domino effect from the beginning of the day). Then we try to get onto the last flight on standby and barely made it on. My assistant, Katie, made it on pretty quickly. We thought she was going to have to get everything together alone if we didn’t make it onto the flight. They actually closed the gate already before seating us on the same flight. Praise the Lawd we made it!
Once we arrived everything went pretty smoothly. We’ve been setting up since Thursday afternoon. Things didn’t go exactly according to my agenda but I allotted plenty of time in case. I knew it, nothing ever goes the way you plan it.
Planning and deciding what to do for my booth was really tough. Since it was my trade show debut I had no idea what to expect except my experience at craft shows. I decided early on that I wanted hard walls so I knew I only had 2 options, ask the hubby to make my walls or hire out to have it done. I knew that for my first show I wanted to just focus on my products and making my booth look professional. I’m pretty sure it’s more compared to doing it ourselves (can’t say with certainty cuz I haven’t done the math to compare) but I didn’t want to stress about shipping, a crate, storage, etc.
We set up for about 3 hours on Thursday and about 5 hours on Friday. When we arrived the walls were up, I was SO excited!!
I wanted to add some visual interest as well as incorporate my brand colors in a big way so I decided to paint the lower third of my booth in navy blue. I was actually really nervous to do it, worried I would make my booth look small and dark. But I think it turned out really good!
Stay tuned part 2 of our Las Vegas Market recap! I’ll be posting our finished booth pics there 😜
This is going to be an interesting ride! Let’s go!
To donate in honor of my mom, click here.
I’ve watched as God’s will has unfolded itself in my life. There have been good and bad moments, but they have all led me here. Through faith, life lessons, and discipline I’ve learned to finally be content and happy with the life that God has given me. No, life isn’t perfect. No, He didn’t fix my financial issues that way I wanted Him to. No, He didn’t give me everything I want. But now I realize, He gave me everything I need.
“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” Job 1: 21
I never thought that needing to know why I am an entrepreneur mattered. I just thought that this just happened to be how I make money. But I was wrong, I learned that it’s way more than that. My personal life and my professional life have intertwined in the most beautiful way. In my latest video, I gave myself an opportunity to share a little bit of my story and through the making of it I realized a lot of things about myself.
My mom started a lot of great things, thriving businesses, held together a wonderful family, among other things. During her time battling cancer she wanted to give back to City of Hope where she was being treated. She was only able to raise $325.00 before she passed away so I am hoping to raise the remaining amount in her honor.
To donate, go to http://bit.ly/COH-fundraise. Any amount counts, but if you don’t have anything to give maybe you can do this girl a solid and share my video so we can reach my mom’s goal together.
I can’t believe I have a 4 short weeks until we leave for Las Vegas for Las Vegas Market!
We’re sooooo behind lol.
In the next coming weeks we’re going to be finishing (and starting lol) the catalog, send out mailers to retailers, and finalizing the details for the booth design.
I just wanted to share that some days I’m really excited to go and finally do my first trade show for CO Creative Cartel. Other days I’m really scared that this investment in my business is going to be a complete waste of money.
And to me, that’s okay!
In my life experiences I’ve learned that I’m okay with life being messy sometimes. Okay, most of the the time. It takes a lot to try something, especially when it’s not a for sure thing.
At least you tried right? My dad always used to say that.
So I’m going to try and grow my business at Las Vegas Market. If I fail, it’ll be okay. If I succeed, even better!