Hello everyone, how are you? I’m so happy to be back at my desk writing to you today. I am so energized and inspired after my trips to London and Amsterdam, I did so many wonderful things that later, I have to write a post about some of them so you can add to your travel itinerary. But first, how are you? I loved being away again for a book tour. I spent 4 days in London and 3 days in Amsterdam and got to meet so many friends and fans that my head is still spinning from all of the conversations, dinners and meet ups. Here is a photo I took from the stage before my audience at Meet The Blogger (#mtbams) – nearly 170 people! I spoke before them for an hour and after so many years of public speaking, this was one of my favorites to date. I really felt relaxed and I was 100% myself. I think as we grow more confident in our profession and learn more about ourselves, fear seems to slip away and we just OWN the moment and go with it. Don’t you think so?
I lost my voice shortly after arriving home, it came back on Monday afternoon – ha ha but hey, that’s a great reason to lose your voice – connecting live with inspiring and enthusiastic people. I signed lots of books at both Anthropologie London and at Meet The Blogger Amsterdam. Sometimes I can’t believe how starting this blog has impacted my life and career. I nearly didn’t become a blogger. To think of that truth is scary a decade later.
I have to thank both Anthropologie Europe and Meet The Blogger for receiving me so kindly and rolling out the red carpet, and to my friend and co-author Leslie Shewring for joining me in London for the launch party. It was great having Leslie there. I wish she could have joined me in Amsterdam too but she had to go back to Victoria, BC (where she lives) to tend to family business. Yet, she was still with me somehow – Leslie is always near, good friendships are just like that.
(Haikje Verberk from Studio Haikje at Meet The Blogger after I signed her book)
Anabella from My Washi Tape who flew in from Rome, me, Leslie and wonderful Ishtar Olivera at our book workshop and signing event at Anthropologie on Kings Road in London last Wednesday evening. I was SO HAPPY to see these ladies and everyone else who joined us.
All of these photos in this post are iPhone photos shot in store and conference room lighting, so not the best quality, but I still love having the memories and the chills I get when I see them. Every book still feels like the first time, and now I’m working already on finalizing my concept for the 5th book! Crazy but great!
(Styling our tabletop to show how to set the table in a creative and fun way for our guests at Anthropologie.)
Anyway, I’m so encouraged by the conversations I had and that I met so many new faces and also saw old friends whom I love dearly. I’ve set new career goals since returning as a result so being with out with my friends and fans was definitely what I needed. Getting out to connect with people in person really touches my heart but also refuels me. I’m such an extrovert in this way. I require outside energy to move forward so traveling and connecting in person with others is absolutely essential. As I was teaching the crafting component of the workshop, I stood there and thought that I have to teach workshops more frequently because it makes me feel so alive and cheerful. It’s also very effortless for me and often, what we do that comes easy we think may not be that important or that what comes harder is the better skill to have, but I’ve read that you have to really let those effortless jobs be part of your life too because what comes naturally to us is something we should embrace and enjoy.
(Our book spotted at Anthropologie on Regent Street in London, where I bought both of my dresses that I wore for MTB and the Anthro book launch – links here: )
I can’t wait to plan for 2017, I have many ideas I want to launch next year and am excited to bring you on the journey with me. For everyone I’ve met on the road recently, thank you for your love, support, and for buying our book because supporting authors is how we can keep writing, without that support we really can’t make much of a dent. And to those who are leaving feedback on Amazon (you can leave feedback even if you didn’t buy the book on Amazon, did you know that?), WE REALLY APPRECIATE the feedback left there. It impacts book sales and the success of books, so all the feedback is super essential. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You can also buy the book at Anthropologie here. They have some gorgeous photos of Decorate For a Party on their website too. See below.
I cannot close this post without giving a very special THANK YOU to: JACQUI, LIZ, SAM and KATE at Jacqui Small Publishing, CHARLOTTE and SOPHIA at Anthropologie London and LISELORE, KIRSTEN and LAURA at Meet The Blogger for ALL of your help with everything! We had a great time launching our book in London and Amsterdam and are so honored to have your support.)
I’ll be back to share some of the highlights from my trip which include great shopping and eating tips in London and Amsterdam. But for now, I wanted to simply pop my head in the say hello and give you a big hug and let you know I am back and blogging!