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Hello Jessica!I met Adre briefly over the weekend at WriteGirl's Mentee Welcome Day. We had spoken while she waited to meet the executive director and as she was leaving, she asked if I would write down my email address in her new journal. I was so overwhelmed when I received this email. She thought I was inspiring?!?! And that what I do is both cool and awesome!?!? With all the planning for this upcoming season (partnerships, sponsors, negotiating venues for the workshops, planning fundraisers) I've felt far from cool and mostly just tired, overwhelmed and inevitably a bit stressed. Her email reminded me of why I chose to work with an organization like WriteGirl. I hit reply and typed the message below.I'm Adre and we met on Saturday at the Write Girl opening season workshop. I just wanted to say thank you! It was great meeting you on Saturday and I hope to see you soon. Also, I think it is very cool what you do for Write Girl! Planning their events and things like that, so awesome! I'd think I'd like to do what you do "when I grow up." (Haha!) So yes, I also just wanted to tell you that you are an inspiration because what you do, I think, is really cool. If you have any advice, I'd love to hear it!Thank you so much Jessica!
What advice can I give you on what I do? Gosh, I guess the thing I try to remind myself of daily is "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." In events, something always goes a little awry, but you really have to learn to roll with it and if everyone is safe and having a good time, then the rest will take care of itself. The best way to get good at a thing is doing it, and if you are ever afraid of trying something because you might not get it "just right," hold your head up and do it anyway. I've learned more from the things that didn't go as planned (not wrong, just un-planned) than anything else.
Play. Invite people over for no reason just to see what kind of furniture designs and impromptu event decor you can come up with from what you already own. Go to the flower mart downtown and see what the planet is growing. Try every food. Say yes to invitations. And don't save your nice shoes, jewelry, dishes, dresses, whatever, for someday when things will be special. Every day is worth celebrating.