This week for #InspiredMakerMonday, we’re reconnecting with Laura Orlando. Laura attended Inspired Retreat in the Fall of 2016, and used the retreat to kickstart her business idea. She successfully launched Celebrate In Detail, a blog and online shop focused on planning parties and helping busy moms connect with their families. We’re excited to see how the business is doing, and what strategies Laura learned during her Inspired Retreat!
Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired?
I was at the very beginning of my business journey when I attended Inspired Retreat.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business?
I would tell myself not to afraid of the unknown. Taking chances and being afraid is all part of the process. Amazing things will happen when you take chances even though you are afraid.
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset?
The connections I made with attendees and speakers. I just loved how the speakers wanted to learn your story and about your business. They want to help you with any aspect of your business. Any question you ask they are willing to help you! It was unbelievable!
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another?
Amber has created an experience like no other. I have followed Inspired for some time and finally took the leap in 2016. I was new in my business and was unsure if I would fit in. I took the chance even though I was afraid. Let me tell you, I am so happy I did! Amber has thought of everything from the atmosphere, speakers, roommates, and content. Most importantly I learned so much and honestly can not wait to go back someday! So glad I made this investment and took a chance so early on in my business. You will make connections that you never dreamed possible.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities?
I started an online shop and made connections with those who have helped make this possible.
What things do you do to stay creative or to be inspired?
I love listening to podcasts to stay inspired.
What is your daily routine like?
I am a full time teacher and have my business on the side. I hope to someday make my business my full time job. I work on my business in the evenings or early morning. It's a balance and can be tough at times, but when you are passionate you just make it work.
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast?
My favorite podcast is The Creative Empire, and my favorite book is Grace not Perfection by Emily Ley.
So—what’s next for you?
As a teacher I am off for the summer so I plan to continue blogging and hopefully working on more sponsored posts. I have a teacher and classroom gift shop and hope to expand my offerings.