Sometimes we sit back and wait for things to happen to or for us, even if we don’t realize that’s what we’re doing. In past blog posts, I’ve encouraged readers to submit articles and/or designs to magazines or book proposals and enter quilts in shows. There are times when someone will hear you speak or see your design and they seek you out for publication or an engagement. But, for the most part, if we don’t sell ourselves and work to promote our own selves, we’re not going to get anywhere.
A friend who is also a designer and blogger had let me know that she and her family were moving to Wichita, KS, where I was scheduled to speak but she thought she was going to be arriving the day after my presentation. She later found out that she would be arriving a few days before I was speaking and would be able to attend. I noticed her before the second presentation and had planned to mention her name and that she had just moved to town but before I could . . she made her own grand entrance. I was so surprised and happy to see her up on stage during “Show & Share”. Not only had she flown in the night before, but she brought something for Show & Share and jumped right in to make herself a part of this new group. During break, I was kinda looking for her and Cindy asked if I’d found her. I said “No! She’s probably back there signing up to be president of the guild!” 🙂
I do believe that too often we sit back and wait for someone to make us feel welcome in a new group, or for something good to happen to us. Really . . if there’s something you’re wanting to happen in your life . . personal or professional . . take a lesson from my friend, Jen, and make it happen for yourself!