We are about to open registration for our 5th season of the Sinclair & Moore Workshop. Our fifth season!! How can that be?! It seems like yesterday I was opening registration for our first season.Can I be honest? I was terrified that first year we decided to offer workshops. Terrified of the unchartered waters. Terrified that people wouldn’t come. Terrified that people would come… because then what? I remember wondering:
“Who do I think I am?”
“Am I qualified to do this?”
“Do I have anything worth teaching?”
“Why would anyone even want to come?” I had my tech support make the registration go live for that first workshop the night before I had promoted it would go live, just so it was ready to go in the morning in case anyone actually wanted to register. I then e-mailed several friends asking them if they would consider coming to the workshop as a guest just to fill seats so I wouldn’t look like a complete failure. I panicked, said a little prayer, kissed my wife and our four-week-old baby Grey goodnight, and then went to sleep. The next morning I didn’t even want to open my computer or check the e-mails on my phone. “Had anyone registered?” I desperately wondered. If I were to open my computer to discover no registrations had come through, I thought it would have meant I had failed. It would have meant that all my self doubt was accurate. By holding out on looking, I held on to the little bit of hope that I was still clinging to. You see… I had a dream. I had a dream of creating a safe space; an intimate space where people could come and slow down, rest, learn, hope and dream. I dreamed of creating a place of beauty where flowers were in abundance… a place of education….a place to be listened to, heard and understood…. a place to find community… a place to feel restored. To be honest, I had a dream of creating something that would generate a bit more revenue for my family so that we could take on a few less weddings and enjoy more family time with our new little baby.
There was a lot riding on opening my computer the morning registration went live for our first workshop; professionally, personally and emotionally. The thing about having a dream is that they make you vulnerable and exposed and forced to take all kinds of risks if you actually pursue it. The other things about dreams? If you push through all of the fear and mess that is created in the pursuit, what comes out the other side can be really beautiful. Sometimes still messy, and often times re-defined from the original dream, but usually more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. So what happened that first morning of registration? I finally opened up my computer to find that people had believed in the beauty of my dream. I discovered that the vision I casted resonated with others and drew them in. I was overwhelmed that people wanted to come to our studio and be a part of what we were doing. I was reminded of the power of dreaming, taking a risk and putting that dream out in the world and just seeing what happens. That first workshop we offered was nearly sold out on that first day of registration and so we offered another one, and then another one, and then another one… and people have kept coming. We have welcomed people into our studio from China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Africa, Indonesia, India, Singapore, France, England, Mexico, Canada and from all 50 states. These are people that have believed in my dreams, and shared theirs with me. People who have wanted to start a business, grow a business, save a business, explore having a business and others who just wanted to come for fun and learn a new craft. These are people that understand the importance of bringing beauty into our world that is often times a little dark. Sometimes, these are people who have just wanted to play with flowers and check out our studio. The reasons for coming have been as diverse as the people who have attended, but the outcome of leaving with new skills, supportive friendships, and a sense of purpose and direction has been the same. To teach, encourage, inspire and empower… this has always been the heart behind our workshops and will continue to be the purpose and passion behind what we do. We hope that you’ll join us and be part of the magic that happens within the walls of our studio. Registration officially opens Monday November 19th, but if you are on our site the evening before you might find that the registration links have gone live a little early.
You can find more information on our 2019 workshops, including dates and important details here: Sinclair and Moore Workshops
We can’t wait to welcome you into our studio.
UPDATE: Congratulations to our 2019 scholarship recipients!
We’ll be in touch with more information! Thank you to everyone for sharing your story with us, and wanting to be part of what we are doing in our studio. It truly means more than you know. I wish more than anything I could give a scholarship to each of you.
photo credit: Ryan Flynn Photography