I am not sure when I first found Jen O’Connor of Earth Angels Studios, but whenever it was, I was taken by her style and her business accomplishments. She was doing things that I only dreamed about. And then, I found a full story of her in Country Living magazine. I still have that article.
After realizing she was somewhat local to me, I attend an event. I did not dare introduce myself at the time. A few more events went by and finally at one, I introduced myself. And she invited me for lunch at tea room. Really.
Since then, she has encouraged me and advised me and befriended me and I am so thankful for it. Since that first tea luncheon, there have been other lunches. There have also been the “running into each other” at several different running events. And through it all I have found a friend and a mentor.
Last year, at this time, we met up for lunch and I shared with her where we were with the new direction of our business and she asked me if she could write a story on me / us for Where Women Create. That was a pretty simple yes to answer.
And here were are in 2016 and on the stands right now is the current issue of Where Women Create, and we are in it. I am so thankful and appreciative, to Jen and also to Jo Packham who is the creator of the publication along with its sister magazines. Oh, and all the other ladies (and men) who are featured are just amazing company to be with. I usually find them at Michael’s or Joanne Fabrics if you are looking for one. You can also find them online through Jo’s site.
It is not lost on me that this journey started with me pulling out a magazine article on Jen and then leading to Jen writing an article on us. I love to look back on relationships or accomplishments and realize the steps that lead to get there. Like how not getting in early admission to college actually led to me meeting my husband and some of my greatest friends. (that story if for another day!) I love looking back on all the steps that lead us here even though I had no idea where it was going.
It is a reminder to me, and maybe even to you. We need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. We need to seek out people who inspire us, whether it be in person or through their chosen method of communication. Figure out what is you love, even if you don’t know what it looks like or will be and just start to make something happen. You just never know where it will end up.