The day was altogether lovely.
It was held at a restaurant I’ve been dying to go to for some time. There were 8 lovely ladies (journalist, bloggers, etsy shop owners, etc) all taking part. And the food was divine – the best latte you’ve ever sipped, scones, brownies, plus a delicious lunch.
The workshop focussed on Photoshop + Illustrator – two programs I’ve desperately wanted to tighten up + gain more skills in. So when I saw the workshop advertised early last week, I jumped at the chance to attend.
What I learnt was invaluable. By the end of the workshop, my brain was overwhelmed with all the new information, + I left incredibly inspired + excited about the possibilities ahead.
But more than that, I realised that it’s one thing to have a desire to do something, but it’s something entirely different to actually doing something about it.
See, for a while I’ve had a desire to design. Coming out of my Journalism degree, I had basic skills in Photoshop + InDesign, but none in Illustrator.
The past year or so, I’ve been scouring the Internet finding blogs, people, eBooks, workshops + other bits + pieces that inspire the areas I’m interested in – blogging, design, writing, + social media.
And it was through researching + discovering people on the Internet that I’ve begun finding such opportunities, like My Blog Workshop.
So, if you have a desire (which we all do), don’t leave it as that. Actively seek out those in your desired area, stay connected to what they’re doing + who they’re connected to, + you’ll begin to notice opportunities presenting themselves where you can glean + grow from them. And when those opportunities do present themselves, take them. I learnt so much that day because I took the opportunity that I saw.
Below I’ve put together some links + bits + bobs from some of my favourite discoveries (blogging, design, + writing). I hope that they nudge you along the right direction + inspire you to go for it. They may not all be your cup of tea, but you’ll definitely begin to find people in your area who are connected to these people. Trust me. Everyone is connected to someone..
Altitude Summit – a summit in Salt Lake City, USA for bloggers (think photography, design, lifestyle, food, fashion, styling, interior design, etc etc). After this year’s summit they opened up ‘Alt Channel’ – 1-hr online classes for $15 each. I’ve done a variety of their classes (SEO, advertising, design, etc etc) + they’re seriously phenomenal! You meet so many creative bloggers + leave feeling inspired to your core. Definitely keep your eyes peeled on their site for upcoming classes!
279 Days to Overnight Success, by Chris Guillebeau
Design Love Fest, by Bri Emery
You Are A Writer, by Jeff Goins
The Writer’s Manifesto, by Jeff Goins
The War of Art, by Stephen Pressfield (currently reading. Incredible!!)
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
The Little Red Writing Book, by Mark Tredinnick
[What people, blogs, websites, etc inspire you?]