1. It is somewhat embarrassing when catching one’s reflection in the airport and realizing you look like a Kindergartener carrying her dad’s backpack. And the best way to nurse a bruised ego is watching a favorite movie on the plane.
2. Schoolhouse is a hit-or-miss situation. It can be difficult to not only stand in front of a large group, but also deliver helpful information along with new product promotions in a 15-30 minute time slot, so kudos to those who do it with finesse. Also, freebies are wonderful, as long as you can actually carry them with you around the convention center all day. If not, they are just annoying. Also, take lots of notes.
3. Start each day with the things that inspire, rather than the things that demand. Work while standing as much as possible. Don’t be afraid that what you have to offer isn’t good enough because it is different than what is out there. Know when to hang on, and when to let go. Embrace being human. All things I learned in the few minutes listening to Heather Ross. And I didn’t take a single note.
4. Some of the best things that happen at Schoolhouse happen in the hallway. And don’t stand too close to the door of the over-packed Moda class when laughing. It is frowned upon and they don’t appreciate it. Ask me how I know.
5. Don’t be fooled by a relatively short line for Sample Spree and then leave for dinner.
6. It’s a good idea to take a pic of the location of your parking spot.
7. Minneapolis was pretty much what I expected it to be. Except the traffic. Out of town in the a.m., into town in the p.m. And it is surprisingly difficult to find a drive-in fast food place. And Glamdoll Donuts. Didn’t see that one coming. Now I want a Calendar Girl donut real bad. Yeast donut. Dark chocolate. Salted caramel. Oh yeah.
8. Take pics rather than paraphernalia. Then narrow everything down to three things that can actually be implemented in the next six months.
9. No matter what size extra bag you take, it is never big enough. And don’t be stupid. Bring bags with wheels.
10. Meeting online friends in real life is awesome. Every. Single. Time.