Phase Two, here I come!

Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone! Are you wearing green? Yesterday’s presentation went unbelievably well. I passed Phase 1 of my Self Employment program and now move on to Phase 2. Success!

I was the last presentation of the day, and as soon as I started talking I immediately relaxed. The reviewers were wonderful, making me feel at ease, and it ended up being more like a conversation! I wore my rose-print Pendrell blouse, brought samples of my patterns, and talked a lot about what I’d done so far. After the presentation, I waited in the hallway to find out whether I’d made it or not, because if you don’t pass, that’s the end of the road! But I made it, yay!

The best part of yesterday? The awesome feedback from the review panel. They came up with some really great ideas that I hadn’t thought of! Big things are going to happen around here, and I am jumping up and down with the excitement of it all!

Thanks for all of the awesome, encouraging notes on Twitter and Facebook. Social media kind of rocks, when I can say something like ‘Success!’ and see instant messages saying ‘Congrats!’ It’s a big world, but we’re all connected by our love of sewing. Or something like that!

Phase Two begins on Monday and it’s a month full of seminars, where we learn from all kinds of people. Accountants, lawyers, a whole variety of business professionals are going to come share their knowledge with us. I’ll find out more Monday morning!

Seminars are every day, so I’ll be really busy but hopefully will learn a ton. I might post a little less frequently but I will try to keep up the pace! I never run out of things to say, it’s getting it all down in a post that’s the challenge. And photographed.

Speaking of photographs, here’s one for this post.

Sunset from the balcony, looking towards downtown Vancouver. Pretty! (Aren’t you glad I spared you a cheesy picture of ‘Success?’ I looked for one!)

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you all posted on what I’m doing!

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37 Responses to Phase Two, here I come!

  1. Rachel March 17, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Congrats Tasia!

  2. Claire (aka Seemane) March 17, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Yay! Well done Tasia :)

  3. The Cupcake Goddess March 17, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Congratulations! You totally deserve it! I love getting in spaces that have such positive energy and people are there to help build you up rather than tear you down. Its really uplifting. I really can’t wait to see what’s in store for you! So exciting!


  4. Tasha March 17, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    YAY! Fantastic news for you!

  5. Annelise March 17, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Congrats on a great presentation!

  6. Tamsin w-p March 17, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    congratulations – I hope the next stage goes as well as this one! Sounds very interesting, and a little daunting. Good Luck.

  7. Corinne March 17, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    It never occurred to me that you would not make it to the next phase! You have an energy and an enthusiasm that is contagious. Good luck, keep us updated, we are all rooting for you:)

  8. Irene March 17, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    That’s wonderful news! I hope you don’t mind my saying this – I am SO proud of you.

  9. Clare March 17, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    So glad it went well – I am also proud of you!

  10. Maureen March 17, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    That’s fabulous Tasia! Congratulations. It’s exciting to see you going through this process. I’m eagerly anticipating where you take Sewaholic next.

  11. Angela March 17, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Good work, Tasia. I have to say I’m not surprised at all. I would have been more surprised if they HADN’T given you the go ahead.

  12. Tilly March 17, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    That’s brilliant! Well done on your presentation and getting through to phase 2. It sounds like such an exciting programme, you’re so lucky (although it’s clearly not down to luck – you’re talented and smart too). I’m seriously jealous! But really enjoy following your success – you’re an inspiration.

  13. Liz March 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Tasia, that’s so awsome! Mega Congrats. :)

  14. Karin March 17, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Well done you! Best of luck with the next phase!

  15. Funnygrrl March 17, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I had no doubt that you would succeed! Great job! I’m excited to see what is coming up.
    I’m a Sewaholic-aholic.

  16. msmodiste March 17, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    So, so awesome. You’re making me wish I was an entrepreneur… :)

  17. Alana March 17, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Wahoo! Of course you rocked it chickadee!

  18. Mandy March 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Congrats Tasia! You’re kicking butt!!!

  19. Becky March 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Congratulations! I’m excited to see what happens next!

  20. Paunnet March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Congratulations Tasia, I’m really happy for you and wish you all the best!

  21. Ella March 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Congrats Tasia, that’s great news!

  22. Debi March 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    YAY! Congrats!!! That photo is beautiful!

  23. TanitIsis March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Yay! Super-duper-mega congratulations!

    … Not that any of us had any doubts, mind you. ;)

  24. Sarah March 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Got get ‘em, Tasia!! RAWR!!!

  25. Elizabeth March 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Congrats!!!!! THat’s amazing. You have a great product. This is going to be fantastic. Good luck!

  26. jadestar March 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Yay. I’m so pleased for you. I knew you could do it!

  27. Sherry March 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Yay! I knew you’d do it!

  28. Sewingdina March 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Congratulations Tasia -that’s great news. Don’t worry if you are short of sewing posts for a bit – I am happy with updates on what you’re learning so do keep them coming!

  29. Misty March 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Congratulations! We were all confident that you would pass with flying colors. I know what you mean about the social media instant gratification. Sometimes you just need someone (anyone!) to agree with you or recognize your success right away!

  30. Amelia March 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Your patterns are so nice, I’d be surprised if you didn’t make it into Phase Two. Congratulations!

  31. Erika March 18, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Congratulations and well done! I’m so happy for you that all your hard work payed off! Have fun with your new classes =)

  32. Jane March 18, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Congratulations on getting through to phase two (it didn’t even cross my mind that you wouldn’t!) x

  33. Sheila March 18, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Actually I do wear green :D Of course you succeed cause you are a successful person. Congratulations for your presentation! Good luck!

  34. Mav March 18, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Congrats! You make a fellow Canadian proud. :)

  35. CGCouture March 18, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    That is awesome news! See, told you that you would fly right through. :-) Congratulations! :-)

  36. Kristen March 19, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    I’m so happy for you, congratulations! Of course they loved you, you are so organized and driven! What an inspiration. Best of luck in phase 2!

  37. Vivienne March 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Phase 3 – Dragons’ Den!

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