Tuesday, 10 May 2011
The Do What You Love Retreat starts tomorrow! The course is fully books and lots of creative souls are journeying from all over the world to a peaceful and beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales to take part. It's very exciting. I'm quite nervous...I'm always stupidly nervous about what to pack. Hahaha. I'm an anxious packer but on a deeper level than 'what the heck am I going to wear' there is the feeling that something really special is about to happen...
This is a retreat about people finding the inspiration and tools to 'do what they love' with their lives and as I am lucky enough to be doing just that I have been asked to come along as a guest speaker and share my story, insights and experience and really there isn't anything I would rather do in life other than to have the chance to inspire others on their creative journeys.
To top it off I'm going to be doing my Q&A session with Matt Stinchcomb who is the head of Etsy for Europe. Goodness me! This guy has been around Etsy since the beginning and was one of Etsys first employees. He has helped it grow it to become the huge and wonderful business that it is today. Can't wait to meet him. It's going to be an interesting conversation that's for sure. Beth Nicholls the founder of Do What You Love (click on her link and read about her, she's amazing) will be interviewing us. Beth has just been featured in this month Marie Claire UK magazine as part of their inspire and mentor campaign where they paired some of Britain’s ‘most exciting young female entrepreneurs’ with leading successful businesswomen. Beth was mentored by Kanya King of the MOBO awards who is also coming to speak on the retreat! Wowee.
So, I've sent off a box of lamps for gallery night, I've got some supplies together for my class with Priscilla Jones (still have to buy some decent scissors), I have written a hundred notes for everyone who will be looking after the shop (Matt, Dad, Cathy AND Fiona), I have done alot of washing and today I'm going to pack (arg). Then I am ready for the adventure! Three relaxing days of creating and sharing and being inspired with lovely creative people, yoga outside in the mornings, bunnies hopping about, nice food, gorgeous accomodation (sharing a cabin with the lovely Rachel Taylor, apparently voted the happiest person in Britain haha). I think we'll all be very happy indeed!
So I will report back next week and let you know how it all went. Bye for now!x
Posted by Hannah Nunn at 08:51