And no, I am not talking about the upcoming Sochi games.
I am speaking, no, answering the question I get asked all the time. It’s the first thing people ask when we get on the subject of this wild and crazy, hard-to-describe, “giant” side project of mine…”where did you come up with this idea?”
The best part about being asked that question, is that the answer isn’t shameful. In this day of the Pinterest pedestal, YouTube “how-to’s”, and “I’ll just Google it” mentality, I am an easy target for the assumption of “she must have just grabbed that from the Internet”. The truth is, I am not the first and only person on this planet to make a tassel tail for a giant balloon. I had inspiration. And the non-shameful part? I didn’t jump on Pinterest to learn how to do it. I made it my own. I started from scratch, did my research, made a TON of shitty tassel tails, got better, and used my other skills (the ones I like to call my “people” skills, which are actually more about my Social Media skills + my People skills + a little bit of Jen dorkiness/honesty thrown in) to get this business off the ground (man, Balloon puns can be so un-assuming).
So. Here they are. My Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of the inspiration ribbon. These ladies are it. What got me into this mess, and what inspire me on the regular to be better, be different, and to go “big” or go home.
Gold | Jihan Zencirli ~ Ever heard of Geronimo Balloons? I hadn’t until December 2012. This girl has wit, charm, wackiness, artistic snafu running through her veins. She is beyond the normal, yet, surprisingly normal. In every instance that I am asked about where “I” came up with this, I mention her. How could I not? That would make me a phony. Hands down, she is the top dollar, queen of the Balloon world. I bow.
Silver | Heidi Moore-Gill ~ Australian. Glamorous. Fanciful. Each time I peek into Heidi’s world, I am taken to another place. A whimsical dream with pony’s and posies. Heidi is a not only the mastermind behind Bespoke Balloonery, she is an amazing painter and event artist. Picture Circus tents, excessive amounts of paper flowers, hand painted linens, honey-comb giant paper fruits, streamer ceilings and of course, her fascinating version of Balloon decor. AMAZING.
Bronze | Amy Teixeira ~ Going to be honest here. I was actually jealous of Amy and the way she has captured the hearts of West Coast Balloon lovers so quickly. She wasn’t an original source of inspiration, in fact, we both began similar ventures around the same time. The inspiration part comes into play when I see past the jealousy and realize that this gal knows how to climb the ladder. She has captured the hearts of some big time players in the networking game, let alone her creations are simple, classic, beautifully captured on film, and trendily paired with other gals hustling at the same pace. She is huge. Already!
I used to try and play catch up. Now I just have to remind myself to write my own rules, go outside of my boundaries, hustle to the max (the good hustle, not the bad) and soak in inspiration from the people that do it best. These are only three out of the million hits of inspiration one can absorb, and there are too many to name, most of which live in the vibrant place I call home.
Keep on inspo-ing on!