Photo A Day #101 Success

Wow! I've surpassed 100 photo a days! It's a good way for you guys to know, I have officially reached my 101st day of blogging! How exciting is that? Now that I feel a little more sure of what I'm doing, and since I've had so many new readers in the past month or so, I thought I'd do a post this week, like a monthly recap, but for the whole 3 months. Just in case you missed something ;)

Today I attended the Etsy Success forum (part of the Vivid Festival) in Sydney, which was a full, exciting and tiring day! I learned a whole lot about selling on Etsy and a whole lot of things that can be applied to pretty much any creative challenge. I'll be sharing some of the top secret things I learned on the blog soon, they deserve their own post, and I need to compile my phone-book sized swathe of notes into something more digestible! I also met a bunch of lovely people, so if they are reading - hi! It was wonderful to meet so many creative and motivated lovelies in one spot.

I love this picture and haven't done ANYTHING in photoshop. The venue had all these cherry blossom fairy light trees and this one came out just right :)
I'll leave you with a quote that Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy shared with us today, as I felt it was quite poignant, not (necessarily) for selling on Esty, but just for living life! I seem to have been thinking about this idea a lot lately, so here goes:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910
How good is Teddy? I love that last line, life is all about doing, even if you fail or make a mistake, at least you've lived :)