You know how you can be in a conversation or listening to someone speak to a group
and something is said,
random words are uttered, they might mean nothing to the speaker,
he or she may have said them thousands of times before…
but to YOU
it is as if it is the first time you heard a thought spoken aloud…
….the words stop you from hearing anything else???
They continue to bang around in your head, over and over again and you feel like
there MUST be something you are supposed to learn?
Well, this happened to me at the HAVEN conference.
The speaker was Rashon Carraway from
“Mr Goodwill Hunting” blog…and many other things…fame.
|Rashon Carraway from Brown Belle
rockin a custom made Bowtie!
He has made Thrifting COOL!
Exposed it, elevated it…made it classy…and accessible.
He has taken something everyone has done, hit a good yard sale and
shown how to make the most of the phrase “One man’s trash is another ones treasure.”
He even designated 7/7 2012 as National “I Love Thrifting ” day!
And he is fantastically charismatic and cute!
He very generously shared his secrets and his humor and his incredible gift with us.
I hung on every word and my face hurt I was smiling so much.
At HAVEN, spoke of the upsides
(being on Nate Berkus and reaching so many wonderful folks)
and the down sides to his exposure
(he does not shop at Goodwill anymore, now that they are popping up like “baby gap” every which where).
But he still believes in the Art of the find and he still devotes himself to working magic with his treasures.
I love Rashon,
he was a highlight of my Haven experience.
And I want to go on record saying this experience had everything to do with ME and where I was at in my head when he spoke, not what his motivation was or was not with the words he chose…
That being said….
he was talking about Design and DIYing and us bloggers and putting ourselves and our homes out there and then he said…
and I am paraphrasing obviously, because I did not record this, though I wish I had…
he said “Now, Ya’ll know that in the Design world there is such a thing as
a “BLOGGER Designed Home”..???
.I swear to God, the WHOLE room cocked its head?
…..so he repeated himself, or shall I say
“expounded” on the topic and said…
“BLOGGERS are NOT Designers…DESIGNERS are Designers…and you need to respect that.
You know what I am talking about???
(insert my nervous laughter here)
You all got your chevron and your shabby chic…..”
This is when it started to get all fuzzy for me….
I am envisioning my Chevron sofa and my shabby furniture and feeling a bit naked…
and now, whatever else he said, all
“I heard” is..
“YOU are NOT a designer, you were not trained as one,
do NOT call yourself one…and please, for God’s sake,
don’t tell people you are ONE!”
NOW DO NOT get me wrong,
I am GRATEFUL to Rashon for his comment.
He did nothing but speak the truth.
He knows what is out there…
With so many blogs out there and all of us communicating back and forth and link parties and painting parties and sharing our secrets and even Pinterest…
the cat is out the “Chevron bag”.
But he just made me want to try harder to find my own style.
It was ALL Good.
I never spoke about how Rashons’ words effected me to anyone at Haven, there was not the right moment, I had my kids…so of course, I spoke to them…they listened and then asked me what was for lunch. But I have chewed them over and over again, dissected each syllable,
even tweeted HIM about it, and have been letting the words do their work.
The work of encouragement.
|there..the telltale signs, the chevron and the shabby chic…
Rashons words motivated me to be MYSELF as much as I can.
I am not going back to school, but I can study designers
and learn what they know…be inspired,
by everything and anything…
but at the end of the day…
I am the only ME.
YOU are the only YOU!
first up next week
see you next week…
What words have changed yoU?