You may remember that I was asked to speak at the Northern California Bead Society last Tuesday. Mark and I decided based on the weather (heavy rain) that we best head over to Emeryville very early to avoid any traffic disasters. I don't do well with the anxiety of thinking I could be late.
We had a nice dinner at California Pizza kitchen and then wandered over to the Marriott for the meeting. Given the weather I was not expecting many folks to attend, but I was pleasantly surprised by a good number of members who braved the nasty weather.
In general I don't mind public speaking. I had a two year stint as the President of the San Diego Bead Society and I'm often in front of a classroom, so I'm comfortable, but I had never given this talk before. Thankfully as soon as I started, the love of beads and desire to share whatever knowledge I could helped to calm any nerves.
I had friends in the audience, with Rachel Nelson Smith and Patty Lakinsmith traveling all way from Santa Cruz. I also met two facebook friends Terri Dannenberg and Cynthia Holsclaw (Bead Origami).
I had a really nice evening and I am thankful to Patty who captured the essence of the talk 'The Road to Opulence' and took some great photos on her blog. Patty is a hugely talented lampwork artist who has an interest in dabbling in the seed beads. I totally support that, I love people who can embrace multiple mediums, although I will leave the glass to Patty.