Have you heard of Boss Babes ATX? I first found out about them through facebook, and went to their inaugural meet up with hundreds of women I didn't know. It was empowering and amazing to be in a space with so many creative and like-minded folks. FELIZ has teamed up with the Boss Babe crew to bring you an honest and open conversation about finding your creative career path. On Tuesday, November 10th, I'll be speaking with Laura Uhlir, Leigh Patterson, Jenny Mulder, Miranda Bennett, and Sarah Murphy about what it takes to start and sustain a brand, hard lessons learned, and solid advice for hustling. I would love to invite you, but the event sold out in about 4 hours (!!!). That level of support is inspiring me to hop on the Periscope wagon to share our conversation with you all. Follow us on Periscope @canoe_austin to watch the talk live on 11/10 at 7pm CST. The video will stay live for 48 hours so you can catch the whole conversation!
This week I am heading to New York to show at NY Now with American Design Club (booth #4270 in Accent on Design). Showing at NY Now has been a goal of mine for seven years, and the time is finally right for me to be there and be ready for it. For those not in the product design business, I describe this show as the Superbowl for wholesale.
I've talked with countless friends and mentors about this step over the years, and I am amazed at how calm I feel mere days from leaving. I've had to be patient and disciplined, knowing that the right time will come for me. The patient part isn't easy, but it's one of the most important values I am cultivating with Canoe. For me, it's about slow and steady growth, not a quick race. Leather work has taught me so much about moving slowly through the process and enjoying each step, being present and aware. I've been training new apprentices this month and the sentiment I keep repeating to them is, "Leather work is a long process. Be patient with it and yourself."
I'm excited to be joining a wonderful group of women on Thursday, May 22nd for a panel discussion on creativity. Join us for the CRAVE Fuel event at Spruce Upholstery (6611 N. Lamar Blvd). I'll be speaking with Amanda Brown (Spruce), Maura Ambrose (Folk Fibers), Chelsea Fullerton (Go Forth), and Jessica Sanders (Drink.Well). Reserve your spot here.
I've been thinking a lot this summer about growth and how to build a solid foundation for Canoe. There have been countless conversations with successful business owners across the US, listening A LOT, asking questions, and feeling out my own conclusions. I have had a winding path to get where I am today, which I'm really grateful for; it means I have more experiences to draw on and support from a very diverse group of friends. This summer has felt like a turning point, one I've been working towards for a long time.
As part of this growth, I've applied to the Martha Stewart American Made 2013 contest and hope you'll take a minute to check out my profile and Vote for Canoe! Please share with your friends and help us get the word out. I'm excited to see where we go next. Thanks for sticking around for the ride, friends!