well, i’m off to sleep.
thanks for peeking in on me!
yes, i’m here in China again.
at least twice a year.
i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?!
i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them!
after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process.
table setting: plastic wrapped dishes (that you still end up rinsing in boiling hot water), ashtray (ugh, so many smokers here in China!), toothpicks, tissues (instead of napkins. always) and peanuts (quite common appetizer).
more china travels tomorrow. xoxo-m3 comments
invited at the last minute.
i immediately said yes! a short bit later, had to fight myself from texting back with a big fat NO WAY.
i was utterly intimidated by this list of amazing women that would be in attendance.
intimidated not only by their individual successes, but also by their ability to communicate so well through words.
seriously. SEE what i mean?
i had already committed, and there was a deep part of me that really wanted to go.
and be part.
to experience this community of women.
this lovely lady is the master orchestrator “connectress” of this special gathering.
photo by andrea scher
the setting was a small beach town on the oregon coast.
as you can see, the weather just happened to be PERFECT!
here’s the scene when we arrived.
arm photo by andrea scher
our time together consisted of all things lovely. sharing stories, making art, taking pictures, walking the beach,
giggling, eating delicious healthy food…. and mostly- encouraging & loving one another.
simple. but GOOD.
the word i chose to write on my arm was “vulnerable”.
i’ve spent too many years building walls.
brick by brick. hurt by hurt.
protecting myself from judgement, disappointment, failure, embarrassment- and the list goes on.
i want to be okay with who i am
and not worry so much about offending someone, having bad grammar or sounding stupid!
i have a voice and i don’t want to be afraid to use it!
this time has impacted and inspired me in ways i wouldn’t have imagined.
such, that i’m considering, with kelly rae’s encouragement, to do a small gathering of my own.
here’s a post she wrote up on how to go about it, in case this is something you might want to do.
you won’t regret it.
take a chance.
it will be amazing!
hiking in china is a new experience for me!
this hiking was a little different than i’m used to.
it involved a concrete & rock path for miles and miles.
climbing well over a 1000 stairs to the summit.
i can’t imagine how long it took them to hand build these trails!
no one can call the chinese a lazy group of people, that’s for sure!
the “hello” finished.
i’m currently sitting in the HK airport waiting for my flight home.
a good cup of coffee warms my belly.
i’m a happy girl.
my days here in china have been quickly passing by.
i had thought i’d have more time for blogging but i guess i was wrong.
or should i say, i’ve spent that time doing other things…
i’ll try to do some catch up here over the next few days.
a new allen designs piece in the works.
currently LOVING these colors.
i feel like i’ve spent a lot of time drinking tea.
which then in turn means many times to the beloved hard-to-pee-in-ceramic-hole-in-the-ground! oy!
the hello sketch now a sculpt.
i have spent a little time in my art journal.
trying to get my painting groove back.
funny how it’s like running- you take time off and you lose fitness.
when you decide to start back up again it seems to require:
patience that you will probably have some bad runs
confidence that you will once again achieve fitness
perseverance/will power that will push you past the discomfort & frustration.
don’t you agree?
…or maybe it’s just me.
i made it here to shenzhen, china safe & sound.
i’m looking forward to a productive week in the factory developing our 2013 allen designs winter line.
penguin heads for soap spitters
coming here a few times a year gives me the opportunity-
not only to be hands on in the sculpting & painting process of the newest lines-
as well as the chance to check quality & go over any issues that may have come up.
i also think it’s been really important for the factory to know that they will be seeing me face to face a few times a year.
my first meal here included this delicious dish made up of beans, eggplant… and bitter melon.
did you know bitter melon is actually a fruit and is highly nutritious?
unfortunately i haven’t developed much of a taste for it yet.
my second meal was probably not the healthiest but oh-so-yummers.
these sticky rice dumplings with sweet sesame seed filling are one of my favorite treats here.
i just found this recipe and can’t wait to attempt making them for my family.
or probably… just save myself a lot of frustration and work and buy them from a local asian market.
ya, that sounds like the better plan.