If you have read earlier posts, you know that I had been eagerly awaiting my class with April Bowles-Olin at CreativeLive studios in San Francisco. Well, the class was last week and It. Was. Amazing! The whole experience exceeded my expectations. What I mean to say is it totally rocked!
Several of my bloggy besties flew in for the class. Two of those besties bunked at my house. It was like having a 4 night pajama party! It was soo fun! Before I had the realization that I am in charge of making my life awesome I seriously doubt I would have offered to host anyone at my house. I would have been worried about a bunch of “what ifs” and I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone. And…I would have really missed out.
Kris Windley from With a K Writing Services and Sarah Shotts from Sarah Shotts Storytelling turned out to be just as hilarious, kind, friendly and brilliant in person as they had been in the months I had known them online. We stayed up for hours never running out of things to say, we got lost in San Francisco laughing the whole way, we found a fabulous restaurant completely by accident and had an amazing dinner. It was like having a mini vacation with friend I had know for years.
Meeting April was also better than I could have ever imagined. She is sweet, adorable, savvy, fascinating and stuffed full of generous amounts of marketing and business strategy wisdom. Plus, she used glitter on practically every slide in her power point presentation, what’s not to love?
I came away from the whole experience with so many take aways. Here are four thank you notes to express my very favorite lessons from the class at CreativeLive.
Thank you, April for deciding that building a community and fostering relationships is more important than packing classes so full of students that the one-on-one conversations get lost along the way. Thank you for having the magical ability to make each of us feel important and valued as individuals each with our own dreams and desires for our businesses. You are able to focus and listen to each story and provide such keen insight that those who take your classes are genuinely so much better off for having worked with you. The way you have grown your own business in such a heart-centered way is such a great example of the success that comes from following your values and making your customer’s best interest a priority. As I create a business I will remember what really matters and strive to make the same impression on others as you have made on me.
Thank you to all of the friends (I call you my Supers) I made during April and Mayi’s online Busy to Happy class. Because of the intentional way that April and Mayi cultivated a sense of community it has been so easy for us to make strong connections that have lasted far beyond the short class we took together. I rely on you ladies daily for inspiration, advice and friendship. It is such a testament to April’s leadership and teaching style that over half of the students in her CreativeLive class had taken classes from her before and couldn’t wait to work with her again. People who had worked with her online flew in from as far as Canada, Florida and Arkansas for the opportunity to work with her in person. April knows and appreciates the value of loyal students willing to go out of their way to support her just as she goes out of her way to support them. That’s pretty special if you ask me.
Thank you to the students who took the CreativeLive class with me. Not only were the Supers I met in person during the class: Richelle Shadoan, Sarah Shotts, Kris Windley, Jennifer Kennedy, Fanny Seto and Sage Grayson as sweet, kind, smart and hilarious as I could have hoped, but the same was true for all of my classmates. Every single person in the audience with me was supportive, helpful, and invested in the success of her classmates. While it is no surprise, it was a great relief and joy to be surrounded by other ladies who value positivity and believe that there is enough awesome to go around. There was no vibe of competitiveness or self-promotion, only an authentic interest in learning how to make our big dreams come true and help others do the same.
Thank you to CreativeLive for building a space for creatives to gather and learn together. The studio is full of amazing people working super hard to bring phenomenal, affordable classes to students around the world. Not only are they constantly bringing in the best and brightest instructors to teach with a live audience, but they have also made a priority of build their online community as well. They put such an emphasis on encouraging students watching online to participate in chats and interact with the teacher that people at home are learning the material in real-time just as much as the studio audience. And the more often people participate in the chat the more connections they make and friendships they grow. The studio is the hub of an enormous world-wide community, a chance for people who think outside the box to meet and learn from others who can relate. Kind of AH..MAZING, thank you CreativeLive. Long may you provide quality programing that brings awesome people together.xoxo, Jen