The Chamber Breakfast was quite early today. Showed up for a warm breakfast and to support my dear friend, Wendy Buhr, as her company, Ella's, is in the running for the Top 10 Businesses in Traverse City. It was a compilation of videos and panelist style speaking. She rocked both venues!
Michelle, an NMC Vis-Com student punching out buttons for her portfolio presentation tonight. Her instructor said she knew I had a button maker and could I help. Heck yes, it's so much fun using this thing.
This morning I volunteered at Central HS participating as an interviewer in the 10th grade mock-interviews. Tonight I will be joining the talented creatives in this community to review NMC's students portfolios.
It's energizing hearing from students about their goals, interests, and seeing their talents in tangible form. Creatives of all ages need each other to grow and be inspired. I'm hoping to inspire them as much as they inspire me.
Recently I volunteered to participate in an AIGA West MI event called Design For Good.
Dozens of creatives + community organizations + 72 hours to solve a problem = Design for Good Weekend Blitz!
3.5 days, 45.5 hours, 7 talented team members, 5 brilliant advisors, Grid70, 6 gourmet meals, 300 cups of coffee, 1 amazing non-profit that now has a new campaign. Design for Good weekend in Grand Rapids was a huge success and an inspirational experience.
I believe in the power of connection as best tool to learn, grow, advertise, and ultimately produce success. This grand weekend was packed full of what my creative heart needed a good dose of:
- To help someone who needed help
- Meet and befriend talented people with creative minds
- Be inspired
- Make new personal and professional connections
- Eat healthy
- Inhabit a new and creative space
- Change my perspective for a weekend: work space, town, and all surroundings