The fifth thing I learned at Michael's Makers Summit - Nurture a Takeaway.
If you're going to invest time in a gathering, like Michaels Makers Summit, then there should be something that you take away from it. You should come away a little different. I've learned about the idea of choosing between the good, better, and best choices. In this case of attending Michaels Makers Summit the "good" would be to have enjoyed myself. (Which I absolutely did!) The "Better" would be to have taken away ideas. (I had many.) The "Best" would be to take ideas and actually do something with them.
Nurture means to feed, protect, develop, support and encourage usually for a period of time. Takeaways are the conclusions, impressions or action steps gained from some type of gathering.
First are the impressions. I had 3 while there. Two of my ideas came directly from Jane Davenport (everyone had a girl crush on her). I've been following Jane on Instagram for awhile so when I saw her at the summit I was curious. Then I was delighted because she taught us a class. Here's a little gem of Jane talking about watercolor.
If you noticed in the video she was holding up one of her sketchbooks as she talked. Those books are amazing! I was so inspired by the few she showed us that I determined that I wanted to make a (#1) large watercolor book like this to use. I'm excited.
Jane shared a story about how she was coming from Australia and painting on the plane. She was so into her drawing that she didn't realize she'd gotten paint on the guy next to her. That story inspired (#2) paint on the plane or anywhere really. Just paint more. So on the way home I painted on the plane. It was so easy and I wondered why I'd not thought to do so before.
The last thing I was inspired to do was to (#3) eat outdoors. We ate outside for 3 of our meals and it was so lovely, relaxing and felt intimate in a way. I live on a beautiful property and I haven't eaten outdoors much. (Mostly because of the bugs but I learned a trick that should take care of that.) So I'm determined to create a space that we can eat outside more often.
The nurture part is taking the time to develop and feed each of these new ideas. To change. To be different.