The first weekend in November was a tough one. Have you ever had one of those? Where things don’t come out the way you wanted them to and you’d been counting on? And you’re disappointed. And then the weekend is gone and you feel like you need to take a break to recover from it?
That was my weekend. And I feel like a spoiled child telling you this because there are lots of positives about the weekend along with the disappointments. See, Dancing Bee Baking had a table at the Exhibition part of the Taste of Home Cooking School in Reno, Nevada that weekend, and I’d had high hopes for the event.
But duh, did I actually remember that bit about sampling? I don’t think so! I think I’d been engaging in magical thinking – that people would buy lots of cookies from me and that the show would be a huge sales success. Even though my Account Rep had told me that people would be looking for samples, not buying.
How smart is that? It’s pretty much like thinking that marriage is the answer to all sadness or a new purse will make me feel better or any new president will immediately solve all our problems. Really?
In fact, I did the show to get the idea of Dancing Bee Baking out there in the Reno area. And to maybe get some sales. And to a) see if I have the capacity to bake enough for a show like this, b) observe how people respond to Dancing Bee, c) to meet and greet people and finally, d) sell a few cookies.
So how did the weekend go from those perspectives? GREAT! I had the capacity to bake and package over 90 dozen cookies for the show. The booth was well planned and easy to set up. People who stopped at the booth seemed very interested- they took hundreds of business cards, 50 price lists and all 300 sample packages of cookies. I made some sales and met some great people.
Katelynd from The Wood Blossom put the frosting on my cake, though. On my way out at the end of the day she gave me a piece of her artwork! What a sweet action. She made me feel infinitely better and now I have this great piece in my home.
So what life lesson did I learn from this experience? I learned why I need to stay clear on my objectives for doing anything. If my objective truly is to meet people, then why would I be sad and disappointed about not selling enough?
I learned that even when I think I know my objective, my imagination can take me in a different direction without much trouble and that’s when I get messed up about things.
Remember in the beginning of this post how I said I had “one of those” weekends? Well, I guess it wasn’t so bad, after all. In fact, it was actually super awesome! It’s a shame it took me nearly a week to figure that out, but better late than never.
I hope I can remember these lessons the next time, and the next time, that I feel let down, disappointed and sad about a result!
By the way, watch for posts about Raspberry- Chocolate Rugelach, Peppermint Jumbles, and a few other goodies in the next few weeks!
Yours so thankfully,