One thing I never could have foreseen when I started on this journey, was doing speaking engagements. Nor did I know how much I would actually really love doing them!
I’ve done mostly painting & transforming furniture demonstrations at the following events:
City Farmhouse Pop Up Show, Tennessee – October 2013:
Main Street Market, Illinois – May 2014
Vintage Farmhouse Show, Indiana – June 2014 (unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures at this show)
Taste of the Arts Fair, Wisconsin – June 2014 (I have photos but can’t find them in my sea of folders – do you know what I mean?)
City Farmhouse Pop Up Show, Tennessee – October 2014
But most recently, I was asked to speak at the Wisconsin Women’s Ag Summit here in Wisconsin on March 13, 2015.
I know what you’re thinking. How does a city slicker like me, from Detroit, get asked to speak at an agricultural summit? I agree it seems a little odd, but they asked me to speak on a topic I do know quite a bit about: “Upcycling Farm Finds“. They asked me to talk about re-purposing and creating something from items commonly found on farm properties such as: chairs, doors, tires, barn wood, rusty metal, furniture and more. Now that I can talk about all day long! But this was only an hour.
It was the first year the organizers put together a break-out session of this kind, so they weren’t sure how many I would be speaking to. There were 311 women attending the entire conference and there were 3 other break-out sessions occurring at the same time as mine, so the women had a choice. I was expecting 40 – 50 women and considered that to be generous & exciting.
Here is a photo of how many women ended up attending my portion of the day:
They set up tables and chairs for 120 and had to bring in extra chairs for the standing room only ladies. I ended up speaking to 144 women that day!! It was so fun! No, I don’t get nervous. I get excited every time I do one of these.
Isn’t that incredible? Most of the women were from locations scattered all over the state of Wisconsin. I showed them slide after slide of ideas and spoke with them about what to do with some of those treasures on their property. And, of course, also mentioned how much I desired to live on a farm someday. They peppered me with “how do I” questions and then I provided them, at the very end, with a list of basic tools and supplies they would need to complete most of the project ideas I shared with them. It was really an incredible hour. I enjoyed seeing their eyes light up, watching their wheels spinning and pens writing a million miles an hour. I could see the light bulbs going off in their heads. It’s what I live to do: inspire, motivate and help people see things in a different way.
I look forward to a few more of these opportunities this year and into the future. I really enjoy it and look forward to more speaking engagements in the future!
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