The School of Styling is headed to Chapel Hill this fall and their early bird registration ends today. So I thought why not share a little bit about my experience with the workshop…you know, it’s only been since 2014 and last summer since I attended. Better late than never, right?!

I stumbled upon TSOS by accident, or maybe it was divine intervention. It was the spring of 2014 and after a couple of years of some soul searching, I had finally sorted out what direction I wanted to go with my career. I knew I wanted to focus solely on events and even more specifically, weddings. But I was still working full time at a PR and marketing agency and still completely nervous about taking my career in that direction.

So one day while I sat at my desk eating my lunch, probably googling all kinds of things about changing your career and daydreaming about what I’d do if I started my own business, I came across this new workshop that was taking place in Raleigh. I had never really been to a workshop before and it felt a little out of my comfort zone to put myself out there in such a way. But it was in Raleigh, which is an easy drive from Charlotte. They were only opening it up to a small amount of attendees, which was key for me. And let’s face it, I was dead serious about making changes. So as nervous as I was, I signed up.

The timing of the workshop couldn’t have been better. The week before I headed to Raleigh, I handed in my two weeks notice. (For a host of reasons, I had to make the change and the jump. And if that doesn’t make things real, I don’t know what will!) And very quickly into the first day, I realized I was right where I needed to be.

I could ramble on, but here are some quick + key points:

  • TSOS is hands on. It’s one thing to listen to wonderful speakers talk to about their styling philosophy or how they approach setting a tabletop, but to be able to actually go and style something right then and there, while that wonderful speaker can guide you? Priceless.
  • Confidence. Attending the workshop in Raleigh provided confirmation for me that I was in fact headed in the right direction, which in turn gave me a huge boost of confidence. Confidence in myself, in my skills, and in my ability to create and style. Through all my soul searching, I was already aware I need to bring my creative side back to life. I was just so scared to put that out into the world and intimated. (Side note, had I left there and realized this path was NOT for me, that would have been just as valuable. Sometimes you don’t know until you try…)
  • Community.┬áThe School of Styling gave me a new community for the road I as starting to walk down. No man’s an island, right? I walked away inspired by new friends and mentors…what a blessing!

The School of Styling in Raleigh was definitely a turning point for me. It helped push me further toward starting Hart & Co., and I’ll forever be grateful for that. But there’s more…

Last year, Kaitlin Holland, TSOS’s founder, switched things up a bit by adding a more wedding industry focused workshop in Charleston. When I saw the opportunity, I jumped at it. And again, it was a key moment for me.

When I officially launched Hart & Co., it was so important that it be built on a solid foundation. To me, that included taking the time (and money) to invest in myself with an opportunity to hone my skills and learn from incredibly talented professionals all in a positive and encouraging environment.

I’ve long been a big believer in finding ways to always be learning and growing, both personally and professionally. By no means am I a workshop junkie, but through my experience with The School of Styling I’ve learned what a great avenue they can be for learning and pushing yourself. And while I know there are a million and one workshops these days to choose from, I’d absolutely encourage any creative person that’s looking to sharpen their styling skills (no matter what field you’re in) or hoping to grow their business to consider attending TSOS.

Have some questions or want to know more about my experience? Give me a holler!