It's time. I leave tomorrow for Las Vegas and World Tea Expo. The boxes full of product and display items have been shipped ahead. My list of last minute details is growing shorter by the minute. All that is left is to pack my suitcase and get on the plane.
Last March (2008), I was at the Country Living Women Entrepreneurs Event in Chicago, listening to speakers like Anna Griffin and Tamara Monosoff talk about their journey to success and wondering if I would ever be there. One of them (sorry, I can't remember which one) had us write down our dream for our business and share it with the person sitting next to us. (Do you remember that, Michelle?) I still have the notecard and look at it from time to time...it hasn't changed. It's still my dream.
So what does that have to do with WTE? A lot! That CL event was the beginning of believing in myself enough to take the leap of faith from dreaming to doing. Joyce Lucas of Make Mine Pink had encouraged several of us to apply to the Pitch Your Product portion of the event. Four of us took the challenge and all four were selected to Pitch. Though none of us was selected to be featured in Country Living, it was a milestone moment. It took courage to stand in front of an editor and sell my product--courage I didn't even know I had. The seminars afterwards reinforced the idea that dreams can become realities.
One of the key phrases from the CL seminar was "Leap and the net will appear." A seed was planted and 4 months later I signed up for an exhibitor's booth at World Tea Expo. Then I began the search for a manufacturer for my line of products. It has been a long process, but they were right--I leapt and the net did appear. Philippeans 4:13.