.... { ALT first reflection } ....

I am back from ALT....
and trying to find the words to reflect on my trip.
I was impacted on so many levels...
it's hard to sort them all out...
but I'm afraid if I don't start...
poignant pieces will be lost...
and memories misshaped.

I can't even believe....
this was the first time I traveled on a trip alone, by air....
since I have been married.... (mind you... that has been 26 years).
So for me.... even showing up was a huge achievement for me!

One of the biggest personal realizations I came away from ALT with is...
change is hard...
even when it is good change.

I was so out of my comfort zone.... almost the entire trip...
I reminded myself every time I was scared or unnerved...

to just show up....
that's all...
just show up.

I did...
and each time it worked.
No matter if it was going to a seminars with stellar panels....
meeting people who were leaders in their field..
or 
to  Alt's fabulous parties...
in outfits that pushed even my normal limits...
but outfits  with stylistic merits that I creatively believed in....

I put myself out there....

and
 as scary and direly uncomfortable as it was...

it was  wonderful!
Each time I came back to my room satisfied... sometimes even elated...
emotionally drained... but content with my success...
and all because I chose to change and just...
show up.

On my trip I got further clarity on the direction of my line...
met so many fascinating people...
collected business cards with such unbelievable creativity that even surpassed my high expectations!
Alt has a reputation for great cards... and I absolutely see why!!
(I can't wait to shoot them to share them with you!)

I was creatively energized
I have long lists of  more things I want to do
and a notebook full of  of things I learned.

But most importantly for me...
I realized....
that even though I have been out of the career world for 16 years raising my family....
I still have relevance within the fashion accessory industry....

that there is still room for me at the table...

there is 
room for all of us...
at the tables of our choosing...
second acts...can be the best acts yet!

{photos  taken in my room at the Grand America SLC}


as always dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life





t

17 comments:

  1. Tamera, I could have told you through reading your posts that you have relevance. Your jewelry is ALWAYS stunning to me. I hope you will share specifics of what you learned...that would maybe inspire all of us. You expressed beautifully so many of my emotions when I go to fashion events...I will go and say to myself JUST SHOW UP...don't compare...just learn. I have ben doing that for two years and it does work. I cannot wait to see what heights you will hit after this!

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    1. Pam, thank you so very much! I am going through my notes to put them into a hopefully, helpful format to share! I am always inspired by you challenging yourself to new experiences... you have inspired me, with yours! Hopefully we can have a ripple effect of inspiration!

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  2. Sounds like a great experience. It is always good to push ourselves.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Suzanne, you are so right! Self growth comes quickest with self push! Thank you so for following along this journey and your always encouraging comments!

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  3. One of the things that I love about you, Tamera, is that you have the ability to make a lampshade against a wall beautiful. You see beauty everywhere. You look for beauty everywhere. And, I think, someone who is able to do that is able to rise to the occasion. Just like I know you did and you will do with your accessories. I love this: "there is still room for me at the table. There is room for all of us at the tables of our choosing. Second acts can be the best acts yet!" Amen to that. xo, ab

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  4. Anne your comments and encouragement are always such a blessing to me! I am honored to help you in any way, get in touch with your own artist's soul! Many thanks to you my dear Anne for following along on my journey!

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  5. I think you did a great deal more than just show up, Tamera! It sounds challenging indeed but you are obviously fizzing with ideas and a sense of achievement. It's really encouraging to know there is a second act coming! xxxx

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    1. Thank you my dear Curtise! You are so right! Isn't is such a relief that the second act can get even better! Thank you so very much for your comments and your encouragement my dear!

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  6. It was so lovely to meet you! What a wonderful summary. I love your business card and look forward to seeing where our blogs take us this year. xo

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    1. Taylor thank you so much! Your blog is gorgeous and I alos am excited to see where the blog road takes us!

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  7. Tamera, showing up... that is what I did in the beginning when I first moved my business. I was sort of paralyzed so I told myself to take it one day at a time and just go. It got easier as time went on. This post is very inspiring Tamera. Love you.xo

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  8. yay! that's so awesome tamera, yes there is a place for you , many places!!!

    what a great trip to more self discovery

    xo

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  9. Love your blog, is so special. Kisses from Spain.We follow you.

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  10. I can feel the excitement in your written words. Congratulations on your courage and intention!

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  11. Everything is brighter with you at the table. I'm in awe of you and your style, I wish I lived closer so I could take more pictures of you. It was great meeting you.

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