Last week I flew to Omaha Nebraska to teach at Rachel McGough's event, Handmade U.
In prior "event"classes I have taught, I would fly in, teach and go home, but this time I stayed to be a student for the second workshop because I am not a good student and I need to learn to be..I guess what I should say is I don't know how to be a student.
No, I mean, I haven't allowed myself to be a student and by that I mean, I cant even remember the last time I allowed/made time to sit, absorb and learn from others.
I think that everything I just said above is just another example of me being Simply Complicated.
Ya know, the thing is, I just never really take the time to learn from others. 9 times out of 10, if I see something that spikes my interest, I just wing it, figure it out and move on. What I never realized was that I was missing a key element...until this weekend.
This is me taking a selfie of being a student:
As I post this photo, I feel the happy I was feeling while in the classroom, not just because of what I was making but because of the creative energy in the room, the amazing surroundings, the wholehearted conversations I had with girls that I now consider friends, the overall goodness that our teacher, Lexi Grenzer filled us with and the attention to each detail that Rachel and crew put into the experience.
I was being filled...and until I sat on the plane going home did I realize that I had been deficient. I also recognized that the feelings I was having made me know that those are the feelings I want my students to leave my classes with. Not just a new skill, technique or finished project, but that feeling of being filled.
Handmade U gave me a gift and for that I am grateful.
To Rachel, thank you for all of the time, blood, sweat and probably some tears to put together an event that made every single one of us feel special and loved.
To Lexi, for the confidence and love you poured into teaching each one of us a new skill, for sharing all of your beautiful supplies with each one of us and for the patience to work with every single one of us, one on one. You have forever changed the way I teach and have filled my creative tank to the brim!
To every single lady/student/friend in my workshop...everyone of you gifted me by welcoming me in and embracing the "Do What You Love" workshop. You have reminded me that it is not just about the workshop, but about the relationships we create by being with other creative souls.
Today is my 4th day home and I am still homesick for Handmade U...missing the full elevators of giddy gals, walking down cobblestone streets in flip flops when it is 40 degrees, sitting at long dinner tables toasting to one another and being silly, hashtagging, creating, eating, sharing, laughing and connecting with one another.
My plan is to be a Handmade U "peater" which means I will be repeating my visit to Omaha and I encourage you to check into it and make an effort to attend...