As the “Sherpa” for the Arkansas Share Group for Showiteers, I made an executive decision. That while the four of us ladies met to watch my favorite–Jasmine Star– we’d wear our pajamas. Because who doesn’t love a good excuse to pj it out with a bunch of girls and watch a show? So I put that in the invitation. Last line. So no one would forget. And followed it with lots of exclamation marks just to show the appropriate amount of enthusiasm.
Yesterday, I was a ball of excitement. After all, Jasmine Star is the reason I joined Showit in the first place. I have her to thank for my community of amazing photographers and friends and a lot of learning I’ve done along the way. I’m a crazy fan of Jasmine’s, and they all know it, and sometimes, tease me about it in their most loving of ways. But it’s truth. If I were 13 years old, she’d be my Justin Bieber.
So, as you can see, the night had to be special.
Crystal Goss, founder of Ness and Crystal Goss Photography graciously opened her home to some of the coolest gal’s this side of the Mason Dixon: Kim Boyd of KB Candids, Annessa Baker of ABaker’s Photography and myself. Kim and I drove up together from our little dot on the map carrying lots of snack food in the back of the car and arrived right on time.
When Crystal opened the door, dressed so cute and Annessa stood behind her in her classy attire, I looked down at my brilliantly “Hog Red” pajama pants with razorbacks all over them and my Razorback t-shirt that’s slightly too tight with my growing stomach and smiled. “Am I seriously the only one that wore pajamas?”
What’s even worse is that not only did I wear my pjs– but I also rocked my favorite pair of cow socks at this gig.
Can anyone say “Awkward?” I now know how Elle Woods felt in Legally Blonde.
Luckily, I’d met these people before so they were slightly used to my crazy antics and made sure I didn’t feel too wierd dressed out in pigs and cows. We piled our plates full of veggies and sandwiches and all crowded on the large sofa in Crystal’s living room to watch the show.
At “intermission”we were given a chance to “introduce” ourselves, tell a little bit about our businesses and name some of our goals for 2012. So we went around the room, feeling a lot like that first day in highschool and answered the questions and ended up learning a lot about each other, and laughing. A lot.
I’m so thankful to Jasmine who took the time out of her busy schedule to visit with all the showiteers around the world. And most of all, for her willingness to help others, and her huge huge heart for sharing. And a special thanks to David Jay and Andrew Barlow and the rest of the Showit crew who worked so hard to provide a special night for showiteers. But I’m mostly thankful for the ladies I spent my time with last night, and the blessing they’ve each been. And for the amazing company who connected us.
–Jasmine gave Arkansas Showiteer, Crystal Goss an awesome shout out last night. Therefore, we all felt famous.
Photo Credit: Annessa Baker: the one who knows how to work the self timer on her camera.
We are so legit.