Could you be a perpetual student?  I totally could.  Remember what I said about StrengthsFinders 2.0?  I love, love, love to learn … which is why I learn from the best!  In other words …

You so know that I was in heaven at Design Camp Atlanta.  Here’s the quick skinny.  You already know that I heart Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.   They rock!  Other than the fact that I look like an Oompa Loompa next to them.  And I even had on tall shoes.  Sigh.  Barry Dixon is fabulous.  I could have listened to him talk All. Day. Long.  The way he sees the world is so inspiring.  The whole room fell in love with Gerardo Jaconelli.  Gerardo may or may not have talked about photography.  See why we were all so distracted right here.  

Kimberley Seldon on the business of design = awesome.  Her second book, Business of Design: Part II (Volume 2), was released just two weeks ago, and she has already sold out her stash.  Fortunately, my beloved still has them and I ordered a copy while she was talking.

Perhaps the #1 Highlight?  A wonderful conversation with Lisa Newsom, the founder of Veranda, and her equally-as-amazing daughter and the Design and Decoration Editor at Veranda, Leslie Newsom Rascoe.  They simply don’t come any more gracious and lovely than Lisa and Leslie.

Of course, I had an awesome time with my lucky blog giveaway winners!  I hope Ryan, Tawna, Annie or Lauren will share a photo or two, because the ones on my camera turned out terribly.  That’s the problem when I use a fancy camera without the automatic settings.   Ryan wrote an awesome “who, what, why” series of Design Camp — including a terribly kind post on moi — so you are sure to get more of the 411 from her.  Thank you, Ryan!

And now?  I’m hitting the road again!  I’m off to my Tobi Fairley Mastermind consulting group in Little Rock.  I’ve talked about this before, but Mastermind has been invaluable as I build my business. 2013 is already off to a roaring start, and I am so lucky to have Tobi, her team, and my fellow Mastermind members there to support me every step of the way.

How has 2013 started off for you?

Henry Ford graphic via Don’t Eat the Paste.  Abundance graphic via Kiner Enterprises.  2013 graphic via LivLuvCreate.    

7 responses to “back from camp … off to mastermind”

  1. Jade says:

    Sounds like your 2013 is off to a fantastic start!!!

  2. Tawna Allred says:

    I put some pictures up! It was so wonderful meeting you in person. Lucky you for going to Tobi’s mastermind. It’s on my “to-do” list.

  3. Holly says:

    I’m with you – I could be a full time student and love every minute of it. I remember when I took my design classes at the end of 2011 I didn’t want them to end – I wanted more. And I still find myself wanting more – so I read and read – but maybe going to a conference is what I need. Anything that I can do to learn more. Good luck with your next trip to Masterminds – you’re a busy lady!

  4. Leslie Rascoe says:

    Thanks for the kind words Traci! Congrats on the fabric line!!! See you soon. Leslie

  5. I can’t thank you enough for this incredible opportunity you have provided! I had a blast! I’d love to share some pictures with you, as soon as this week is over… potty training my son! Wish me luck! :)

  6. Fashion-isha says:

    I love that quote! That means I’m still young! Yay :)

  7. Traci – I agree with you about Barry Dixon – love his book “Inspirations”.

    I met him last year at the Luxe Magazine show house in Los Angeles. He was nearly overshadowed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Kathryn M. Ireland at the same book signing table, except for the fact that he was quiet, charming and complimentary of those two designers.

    You have me looking forward to someday hearing him speak about his work, as you have just described.