This idea of a women’s gathering came to me a few years ago. Whether it was at school drop off/pick up or walking down the street or reading the Georgia Straight, I came across so many talented women. I wanted to know their story, to create a space where we could give each other inspiration or a nudge to say ‘good for you’ or maybe even some criticism as that has its place too for the growth of our work. Sparkfly has been active now for nearly two years and we have had such great events and most have left us (and I hope the participants) with so much awe for our creative minds and the inspiration that I at least received from them was priceless.
So imagine my excitement when my gorgeous and stylish friend, Pam Lewis, got in touch with me to say that she wanted to host a Sparkfly event in Victoria. She was amazed at the talent found in Victoria and she wanted to create the same space we have done so here in Vancouver for women to share, inspire and create. Cherish and I were also excited to visit Victoria for its launch on Friday November 1. The Sparkfly theme for the evening was Renewal.
Pam had chosen Nourish restaurant which is about 15 minutes from downtown Victoria. As we arrived, we wished that we had enough time to return in the morning to see its setting in daylight (surrounded by beautiful gardens). It is a quaint place with healthy beautiful snacks which the owner was generous to offer us. The space was perfect for the occasion.
The evening started off with a bang with Monique Salez as the first speaker. Now when you meet Monique I think you will be in for a treat. She is a passionate woman who will energize and renew you with every word. Monique is the Owner and the Artistic Director of Raino Dance and she literally celebrates life through dance. With Monique we learnt to let go of our inhibitions, she even got Pam dancing on the stage! Now that was a treat!
After a short break of mingling and snacking, we started the second part of our evening with the lovely Leslie Shewring. Leslie is the author of the creative and popular blog A Creative Mint and she also authors a popular monthly column on the Decor8 blog called Color Me Pretty. Sensing a need to renew her creativity, she took a step back from blogging this year to pursue opportunities that were a result of her online presence. Not only is she publishing her first book through Chronicle Books on flowers and decorating, she is launching a line of textiles which will be coming out in the new year. Leslie shared how the world of social media renewed her spirit and creativity. She stressed that if it is done with intention, it will be a place where an online community can be formed through blogging, Pinterest and Instagram which will in turn renew and spark other’s people’s creativity and inspiration. She also shared about her commitment to practice creativity in small ways everyday in order to nourish herself.
So, what did we come away with after this evening of sharing stories? Well, for Cherish and I, we came away with laughter, with a sense of community and camaraderie. Kudos to Pam for putting on this event and we look forward to many more in Victoria.
If you would like to put on a Sparkfly event in your part of the world, please contact us. Cherish and I are busy putting together a ‘how to’ post for this purpose.
Photo Credit: Michelle Kalyk – thank you!