DESERT VIBES + FINDING YOUR PEOPLE — DESIGNERVACA RECAP
One of the big themes for me over the last year or so has been people.
It’s all about the people.
This theme was ringing true a couple of weeks ago as I was hanging out with some badass creative ladies in Palm Springs for DesignerVaca.
This was it’s third year running, and for the previous two I’d always seen some friends and other people posting about it, so knowing that I was going to be in North America this year, I decided to get amongst it.
We all stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which will have to go down as one of my fave places I've ever stayed. I'd hung out at the Seattle Ace before, and my experience there wasn't too memorable, but the Palm Springs Ace is on a 'notha level.
I can’t say I’m usually that big on conferences and workshops, mostly because the structure most of ‘em is really intense, and half the time you leave feeling a bit more mindfucked than when you walked in… Or at least that’s how I’ve felt with most of the ones I’ve been to. But, DesignerVaca ain’t exactly a conference, so the vibe was completely different to what I was used to. It felt more like a summer camp than anything.
Just a bunch of ladies hangin by the pool, chattin' bout work + life + everything in between.
I was super stoked to finally get to meet a bunch of my online pals in real life, and meet some new ones too.
Part of being self-employed and running your own game is accepting that some friends are going to drop off along the way… It’s not a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just life. But with that, you’re introduced to a whole new world of people that DO get you… And it’s pretty damn exciting. For me I felt as though I’ve had most of those connections via the internet for the last 2 or 3 years, but within the last 12 months I’ve been able to turn those photos and random conversations into real-life hangs. And it’s been awesome.
So, friends — get out from behind your screen and meet your online pals in real life. Whatever it takes. You'll never fully connect with someone until you have that face-to-face interaction. Plus : It's fun as fuck.