I came home from CHA really thinking so much about the power of a woman's hands, and what she can do with them....it absolutely amazes me.
I had so many chats about this with my girlfriends....
We saw so much beautiful art, and creations...we saw hands patting each other on the back and hugging...we saw women holding babies and women shaking hands putting together huge business deals.
My favorite part of CHA this year was catching up with so many women that I love and have loved for years, and also embracing lots of new women into my life.....relationships between women are so complex, don't you think? I could not explain it better than Heidi Swapp (who I love so very much) did when we chatted at the show....I will never forget what she said about the power of women....that we are STRONG....we can do anything, we can get through anything, we can bear anything....and we have the POWER TO LIFT EACH OTHER UP more than any force on this earth.....and then also that we have the power to DESTROY each other more thoroughly than any force on this earth ever could......that is the power of women....and that it's so crucial that we all embrace the goodness of the power we hold in our hands, and not ever use it for destructive purposes.
I got to spend time with women who believe in lifting each other up...most of them I have been friends with for 10 years....some more....most of them older...and so much wiser than I am. (the young ones are so wise, too!) Jeanne and Cynthia would wake me up every morning at 4 or 5am so we could go for a walk, or just talk....really really talk.
Spending so much time with Jeanne, Cynthia, Carrie, Kathy, Jone and Amelia will keep my batteries recharged for months!
I got to be with my oldest sister, it was her first CHA! She is my hero...and it was such an enormous blessing to have her there...and to be able to have her come and meet so many of the women of our industry. It was so great to stand with my dear friend Carrie and see that our hard work to get new products and our selves to CHA was a reality!
It was so fun to see Christy and Ben and how great she is doing with her new kit club, I love her so much!
I loved seeing Sophia's baby boy and how much he is growing...and her big grown up boy too.
I loved catching up with women whose words have lifted me during tough times in life...I loved talking with Ali Edwards and being reminded once again how 100% authentic she is. I loved sharing back and forth with Stacy Julian....she is such a wonderful woman and friend and so very centered and willing to share her life lessons.
I loved making plans to go to South Africa again! And London!
Oh...and one of my ALL TIME favorite things I got to do was to meet with the people behind esty.com....WOW! I can't wait to meet with you all again in NYC!
I loved meeting and spending time with the people at 7Gypsies, our new sister company....what a fantastic bunch of people....I can't wait to do more shows with you all!!! I couldn't believe that we had one of our most successful shows in our history in one of the smallest booths we've ever had...thanks for all of your help!
There were so many others...I was so proud of all of the women I met who were having the courage to follow their dreams...to get back up from setbacks and disappointments (you absolutely inspire me Crazy Rachel!)
....so...I hope we all choose to lift each other up instead of tear each other down....sure, we do have the power....we have everything it takes to devastate each other...but WHY spend our power doing that? We also have the power to lift and empower and remind each other of who we are and why we're here....I hope we'll all remember that...and use what we've got for good.
......Marq gave me a whole big basket full of paint tubes for Valentine's Day....and a bunch of canvas's.....so...I'm gonna take these hands and go make something good.
Hope you'll find time this weekend to do the same.
Lots of Love