I started Megan + Jane for a number of reasons. One being that I would be able to explore, flex new muscles and learn along the way.
Last month it was like, "Check... check... and check!"
I participated in my first vendor fair: hutchFest Omaha.
It was fun, exhausting and an overall positive experience. hutch did an amazing job coordinating the event, handling a last-minute venue change (because, Nebraska weather) and bringing in a great crowd.
My booth was surrounded by inspiring and smart business women. We had a lot in common, and offered nothing but encouragement and support to each other as the day winded down. But hands down, the best part of my day was meeting people. The Sorry I Suck* card was pretty popular, and it cracked me up to hear why people were buying it.
I learned I can be shy to ask for help, but realized early on that I would need some to make this event happen. Which is why I am SO GRATEFUL for...
My bestie, who helped me set up my booth super early on a Saturday morning. My mom, who always encourages me to do what might be scary (turns out, everything usually turns out to be just fine). Friends and moms have a way of making things more fun... and saying just the right things at the right time.
My husband, who helped me turn a rough sketch of my booth into a real, living, breathing 3D booth (yep—I took over the garage mocking everything up beforehand, made like 5,000 trips to the hardware store and used power tools to create a booth that could stand up AND fold-down to fit in the back of my car). He also stayed home with our toddler so I could focus my attention on Megan + Jane for the day. I was grateful for his support—and also realized how difficult it is to be a new mom and juggle the side hustle.
If you made it out to the event: thank you! If you bought a Sorry I Suck* card: thank you (and know you don't suck)!