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I am so excited to be giving away 3 tickets today to Circles Conference. Let me tell you why.

1. I believe in creative collaboration and there are some killer designers coming together at this conference and I am excited 3 of you will get to be apart of it.

2. I will be speaking about the importance of bringing your personal in to your design business and why it has been influential for me and the success of my business.

3. Coming away from Alt and after my post last week many of you said you were fearful to attend a creative conference and I am hoping after the post some of you are pumped to take the risk and challenge of breaking the ice at Circles. I have not been, but my girl, Promise spoke last year and she said it was an amazing group of people.

So I hope that convinces you of why this give away is pretty awesome. It is so cool to me to be able to give you all an opportunity to grow and get inspired even beyond here. So I hope you take the opportunity to enter today. You have all week to make the decision, but I suggest just entering right now. Take a risk. Jump off the edge. Let’s get to know each other and get inspired, k? Nothing to fear.

To enter I want to hear why you want to attend. I don’t want to pick this at random I want to know why you think this could be the best thing for you. Give it to me in your most honest words. I want to know. Not that it is a competition of tugging at my heart strings, but I really want to know. Ready? Shoot. Let’s hear it. Lets go to Texas and eat some Tex-mex and drink some Shiner. We need some BBQ and creative inspiration, don’t we?



Okay you all this was crazy crazy hard! You all had the most amazing comments and stories and websites. I could not decide the way I was hoping as my heart is way to soft. So I chose my top 20 and dropped you all in a bowl and then had Mike pull them out. So I am excited to announce that Phil, Mary, and Joanna will be coming to Circles!!!! That’s right you three will be lucky to have a spot at one of the coolest creative conferences this year. I will be emailing you all this afternoon to get some information and so on. Please respond quickly to at least let me know this works for you and that you will be able to make travel arrangements.

Thank you EVERYONE for participating. Remember the conference is not sold out yet so if you did not win a ticket I really suggest heading over to grab one for yourself. It is going to be very good. I wish I could have given each of you a ticket. SERIOUS! This was so hard.

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  1. Hi Megan, this sounds like such a wonderful experience, I love design! I used to work with a designer from Nashville, TN, it was about 15 years ago. Now I’m a stay at home mom of four, I have always wanted to get back into the business but really didn’t know where to start. I love being a mom, but I love to create and design also. I’m always painting and redoing things in my house. My design style is mixing old with new. I love the unexpected. And I do everything, paint, sew, install floors, I’ve repaired drywall, even dabbled in plumbing, yes I can solder copper pipes,

  2. Hi Megan!

    I would absolutely love the opportunity to attend the Circles conference this year. I am a 25 year old designer and front-end developer located in Oklahoma City. Since I graduated collage in 2011 I have been working for a company where I’m very limited with my creativity, and to be quite honest I think it has put some what of a dent in my confidence as a designer. For the past year I have been working building up a portfolio of freelance work I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’m now at the point where I’m ready to branch out from corporate America, but it’s a tad frightening to say the least. I feel that attending the circles conference would give me that extra little push in right direction, as well as a boost in the confidence department. After reading how much of an impact Alt had on you, I’m feeling like Circles could be exactly what I need.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  3. I would be grateful to attend Circles for awesome opportunity to meet people in my industry. I’m not very good at “putting myself out there” and Circles seems like a less than intimidating conference. I also really dig BBQ.

  4. U would love to attend Circles Conf because its a great way to be around such great creative talent. I currently live in Atlanta and all tho I connect with great talents via Twitter, Dribbble, etc… It is best to meet people in person and interact with everyone. I want to start attending different conferences because of that reason, I dont want to look at the great community from the outside, I want to be a part of the community. Thats why I would love to win this ticket. Thank you in advanced Megan 🙂

  5. I have had my heart set on Circles Conference since I heard about it last year! Circles conference Pulls together some of my favorite designers in the industry as well as a fantastic amount of collaboration and social time with other great designers. As a college student I am always looking up to other designers as I still have so much to learn. Going to circles conference and listening to people that have already made it in the industry would be a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best. OH! I almost forgot… I love beer Tex-mex BBQ and Shiner!

  6. I would love the opportunity to attend Circles Conference. As a fairly new blogger I was too late to attend Alt Summit and actually feel that Circles is more up my alley as a creative person. I want to meet other creatives that can add value and insight into the world of design, and therefore push me to think about things in a new way. I want to be inspired outside of the computer and online world. SInce I work from home, I don’t have the opportunity to be around other creatives on a daily basis, so any opportunity I have to surround myself with like minded people is a win in my book! And also, I’d love to meet you! 🙂

  7. Networking with other creatives is something I’ve been behind in, and I really want to start doing it more this year. I live in more of a rural area and work out of my home, so connecting with people is a little more difficult (but part of it has been not just going out and doing it). The Circles Conference would give me a chance to connect with like minded creatives that I normally don’t have a chance to meet. I’ve started attending the one-night Circle meetups, and I’m ready to try the full-fledged conference. 🙂

  8. Megan! This is fantastic. Thanks so much for investing in your readers.

    For me personally, I am currently working in the marketing field, but majored in Graphic Design in college.
    My marketing job does not allow me to be as creative as I know God made me. In June, I am marrying my best friend and we are moving to Saint Louis, MO and I get to apply for more creative jobs to use the talents God gave me.
    I would love to be inspired, and get back to designing like I did for four years in college. I think Circles would be the push I need to really get back into design, and to inspire me to inspire more people.

    Your blog has been a secret get-away for me this year, it’s so inspiring, and I love how you use photography and typography together. Taking pictures is my stress relieve. And so is designing so marrying the two together is a beautiful thing and I would love to be able to connect and really finally meet in Texas!

    Circles would be such a fresh start to my life in Saint Louis, and inspire me to create and not to be afraid. I would just die at the chance of going to a design conference….sounds so geek(ish) but i think it would be amazing.

    No matter what, thanks for investing in your readers…your an inspiration and I hope I get to met you soon! Cheers to Texas! 🙂

  9. I would love to go to this. I’m on the brink of launching my dream as a young 20 something and am constantly torn between the balance of practicality and taking risks, all while trying to silence the self-esteem issues that come as a creative trying to put herself out there. Winning a chance to come to Circles would more or less push me in to the water so I wouldn’t just stand here on the ledge, wasting more time wondering when the right time to jump is.

  10. Wow, what a cool opportunity! I watched the video on the Circles site and it sounds amazing! As an introvert, I always thought that working from home would be the perfect situation for me. And while I do enjoy it, it can definitely be isolating at times. It’s made me realize that I really took having a built in creative community for granted in college, and I’d love the chance to connect with other creatives face to face again. And I’m not gonna lie… real Tex-mex sounds pretty awesome 🙂

  11. I’ve been checking in at the Circles conference site since I first discovered it last year, hoping there would be another and watching the video quite often. I’m at a point in my career where I can’t get enough of being surrounded by creative people and thriving off an environment where I can feed off of everyone’s energy. I’m so inspired by the people in my industry and the amazing work they’re doing, and I just love the sense of community at conferences like this! It would be an amazing experience to be able to learn and connect and immerse myself in all of the creative wonderfulness.

  12. Megan,
    I would love to be involved in an opportunity that I can be around influential designers. I am a graphic design student currently and I would love to expand my view and network. I want to develop who I am and who I want to become.

  13. I’m in — Circles sounds so great to meet and learn from some really inspiring people! And with you speaking, I’d love to attend, makes it a little more familiar! Alt never felt like it would actually benefit the designer side of me, so I’m always on the look out for more design focused conferences that we can really learn from. Plus, I’ve never been to Texas…

  14. Texas.
    GO BIG OR GO HOME, right!?

    First of all, I’m so very proud of you for landing this speaking gig and I would obviously love to come support you. I’ve been to two design conferences in the past and have found them to be one of the most inspirational settings to date. In my heart, design has alway been first and foremost in all my creative endeavors, so this is exactly the kind of conference I would love to attend – full of those exact people.

    Also, BBQ sounds pretty tasty and I should probably work on my Southern accent.

  15. Thank you for this opportunity to join such an amazing group of creatives at the conference! I found out about Circles less than a month before last years conference and was unable to scrap the funds together for everything in time to attend! As of January 1 of this year, I am officially a work from home mom who is working hard to build my husband and my graphic design and photography business and enjoy time watching our 2 year old grow and learn. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to be home and am ready to take steps to get our business to a point where it will help support us financially. Thank you again and I wish you all the best as you prepare for the conference!!

  16. I want to go because the speakers that have been brought together for circles conf are amazing men and women. I really want to learn from them and meet fellow creatives in my area of design. Thanks for doing the ticket giveaway that’s totally awesome.


  17. So proud of you Megan for all you are doing in the world! The circles conference sounds like an amazing opportunity. When I go to conferences, no matter how big or how small, I always leave deeply inspired. There’s something about meeting others who are pushing limits, thinking outside the box, and changing the world for good that sets a deep fire of hope within me. Hope that I too can push the limits, live without fear, and be free to create and change the world. The thing I like most about this conference is that all of the speakers seem to really be bringing something good to the world through their work. This is what I too strive to do. Having the opportunity to surround myself with creatives like this would really be helpful in my journey as a designer. To learn and see how to make the world a better place through my craft. I’m a designer who wants to change the world! What better way of doing that then to be hearing from other designers who are already doing that?? And Megan is awesome. That’s enough of a reason to go for anyone 😉

  18. Howdy Megan,
    As a graduating graphic design student, I am attempting to soak up as many opportunities and experiences as possible before I launch into the scary and upcoming world of real-life. Interviewing, self-promoting, getting a job, completing my first projects – yikes. It’s hard to imagine I’m ready for all of that. Attending Circles conference would allow me to connect with more people in the design world, when, going to school in Montana, those opportunities are scarce. With my intention of being an entrepreneur someday, networking and broadening my design sense is even more essential. The imagination, the passion, and the professionalism that I envision at Circles Conference would be an electrifying experience for an up-and-coming designer.
    Have a lovely day!

  19. Dear Megan,
    What a cool opportunity, thank you for this chance! First of all, September 19th just happens to be my birthday, and I think going to Grapevine for an awesome design conference would be the perfect present…
    But even more important, as of this May, I will be a graphic design graduate trying to build up my own business, and listening to and talking with other designers who are wiser than I am at this point in my career would be extremely valuable. I would also like to build a network of designer friends across the South because that is where I want to start up my business, Hog-in-a-Wallow Publishing!

  20. I’m going to cut to the chase:

    1. Smaller Setting + Inspiring Industry Leaders (including that awesome and extremely generous blogger…um…name starts with an “M”…oh yeah, Megan Gilger) = Professionally Creative Recharge

    2. Circles are my favorite shape, graphically and metaphorically. My learning, growing, and connecting with other creatives should be ongoing, and never ending, just like a circle.

    3. Early birthday present

  21. I would absolutely love to go to the Circles Conference. So many great speakers and friends have been there and will be there this year. Living in Seattle, it’s not always the easiest thing to get to most of the conferences as they tend to be on the east coast mid-west. However, having grown up in Texas, I’ve been itching to get back to the lone-star state for way too long. This would be the perfect excuse to come back and visit.

  22. Hi Megan!
    I am just realizing and taking the steps to pursue a future in design and creativity. I am an English major turned creative. I spent all four years of college and the two after trying to figure out what to do with my English degree. Now, I have realized, I don’t want to settle. I want to do something that I enjoy, that allows me to pursue things I love. I have a goal to go back to school to learn the in and outs of web-design and branding. I have recently started designing and selling stationery/invitations, and I am ready for an opportunity to learn from professionals in this industry. It would be a great privilege to attend this conference.

  23. Hi Megan!

    Attending Circles would be a dream come true. I am a 24 year old designer in Ohio. There are not many creative opportunities for me in Southern Ohio or at my company. I found out about the conference a few months ago, and I have been hoping to be sponsored since then. I would love opportunity to meet amazing creative professionals that are changing the world! I follow your work, and your beautiful typography and style inspire me everyday. Thank you for doing this! 🙂

  24. This is so cool. I’ve never heard of this conference before.

    I’ve attended many conferences before but they were all academic based (PhD student in Literature so you know gotta do the whole conference thing as part of my work).

    I’m an introverted person and I remember my first conference I attended. It scared the living hell out of me. I mean, hello, reading a 20 minute paper that represents who you are as a scholar in front of dozens of people is terrifying. Even more terrifying is being put on the spot when questions are asked.

    In many ways, I’m thankful that I HAVE to attend conferences. They’ve really changed me as a person. It’s taught me to really open up to people (which is something I have a hard time doing as an introvert. I’m all like “rawr! Leave me be in my little bubble until I feel like coming out to play”) Now I’m becoming more and more comfortable leaving my bubble.

    I’ve recently started debating my PhD and moved into a creative realm where I’ve started blogging and running an etsy shop. For me this is a whole terrifying new adventure.

    I went from being terrified of being a scholar and finding my footing. Now I feel like I’m starting all over in a different direction. I’m trying to discover who I am as a maker opposed to this scholar I’ve slotted myself into for so many years.

    I think this conference would definitely help me get there. I’m hoping in the same way those academic conferences helped me braved the scary world of academia and scholarship….attending a “creative” conference will help me feel more confident in my new creative adventure. It’d be a nice way to meet people and hopefully be inspired to continue down this path. (Right now I’m split between academia and well….making)

    (can you tell I’m a scholar Meg?! Gotta set up my whole spiel to get to the point. HA!)

  25. Hi Megan,
    What an amazing opportunity! I am currently a full time graphic designer for a branding firm in Seattle…however I’m also a part time small business owner. For almost 5 years I’ve been running a small letterpress print and design studio on the side of my full time work. It’s exhausting to do both, but it’s my absolute love. Sadly though, due to life’s little set backs, I haven’t been able to make the launch into working fully for myself. That’s all about to change though. After years of hard work, and diligently saving, by this summer I will be ready to take the plunge! I’m so very excited by this, and so very nervous. Besides the letterpress business, I also have a small blog (which I would love to grow), and I will continue to work on branding projects on the side, under a different business name. It would be so beneficial for me to attend a conference like this where I can listen to other creatives, like myself, hear their stories of successes and failures, and perhaps take away some key points on how to successfully grow my business. Fingers crossed!

  26. One year ago I started my own design agency. Since may last year I’m freelancing full time. Being able to connect to creative people I look up to thanks to he internet / twitter, is just wonderful and I’m really thankfull that I can. However, reading amazing quotes on twitter doesn’t do it anymore, I wanna be there, connect to the world greatest creatives and be inspired with what they have to say. I want to learn, because, let’s be honest, that’s what being a creative is all about: never ever stop learning.

  27. Hi Megan!

    This sounds like such a great opportunity. I am a recent graduate of graphic design and have been trying to expand my network and really get more into freelance and my own design business but I lack the part of really getting out there and meeting new people. I have been trying little things but this sounds like it would be a great motivation and learning experience to really help get a jump start on it. Yay for the consideration! Thanks!

  28. I am at a crossroads in my career & have been seriously considering starting my own business & growing my blog. This conference would be a great opportunity to get myself out there.

  29. Hi there,
    First want to introduce myself I’m Samuel Melton aka the el Camino child. Im a twenty three year old southern-ish swamp child who wears his fathers old suede shoes and a Yankee cap. With the randoms out of the way I wanted to tell you reasons for this informal letter. I find myself craving to be around others with a creative mind set as well those who feel the need to out pour there ideas, successes , teachings, and fun times. I just moved to Dallas tejas and keep having this urge to show what photos/experiments I’m taking or showing the portraits of others I come across on my adventures. Thus all these things developing into my new born love child The El Camino Child. It’s nothing special just my journal of sorts…..I guess. Though it’s in it new born phase I feel the need for it to be more as well maybe my journey to be more. All this massing up to a request to join you all at the Circle.It would be a honor to join you all in the Circle and here the talks of creative minds and maybe even impart my southernish swamp child ideas. Well I guess I’ll end this soon because I’m in the Denver airport and Im pretty sure the little lady next to me is proof reading my request. If anything I would still hope you could check out the blog and wish it luck on it’s new beginnings . With a southernish yee-hay ( that’s good bye in Texan )

    Samuel aka the El Camino Child

  30. It’s kind of serendipitous really. As I’m sitting at my desk this afternoon, g-chatting with my girlfriend about the woe’s of young twenty somethings, I can’t stop thinking about this need I have for a creative outlet. I want to incorporate creativity into my work life and make it a part of my every day, not just when I have time for it. I’ve been throwing around the idea of starting a blog, and lately I have really been fleshing out some of my more raw thoughts. I went to Pinterest to temporarily satisfy my creativity while at work, and I stumbled across your blog. The first post I happened to read was your take away from the Alt Conference. You expressed so many things I am feeling at this point in my life, and your insight was exactly what I needed to hear- do it for yourself, be yourself. I feel so torn lately between being practical and taking a risk. I can relate to your feelings of keeping up and pressures we all face to jump on the bandwagon. Your post spoke to me and has really inspired me to do something that I love and enjoy, and most importantly to do something for me. I’m not a graphic designer or web developer but I know I am creative. I know I have perspective. Discovering your blog, your post on the Alt Conference, and this offer have all come together harmoniously. In a round about way, I really feel like the Circles Conference could be a great thing for me, a sort of launching pad to embark on my creative journey, challenge me in a new way. I figure I should take a risk, do something outside of my comfort zone, and see what happens. I would love to be considered. ☺

  31. Hi Megan. I’m Eddie and I’m a passionate UI designer and I believe you keep learning day by day on our industry. This is a great opportunity to get up to date with new techniques and an opportunity to mingle with very talented designers. My quality of work has grown over the past years and I believe that making the right connections, many great opportunities could come along. Circles Conference would be an awesome start to further my career. I look forward to meeting all the designers, BBQ and share stories and the love we all have for design. Thank you this opportunity.


  32. I recently graduated from the design program at SF State and have worked for various start-ups as I figure out what I want to do. I’ve known from the beginning that I don’t want to work for a big company and my dream is to start my own studio (I’m still working out the details of what this would look like) and feel that this conference would be a great jump start to that process. It would be great to be surrounded by other creatives, hearing their stories, and shaping my own story in the process. Also, I’ve been wanting to plan a trip to Texas lately, why not kill two birds with one stone, right?

  33. hi megan, you are always so thoughtful about encouraging other bloggers and creatives, and what an amazing opportunity you are providing here. i just took the scariest and biggest leap of faith this past week—i dropped out of my graduate school program to pursue a creative career and am doing everything i can to work towards that now. i hope to have my own store/business one day, and having jumped out of the path i thought i should be in to a whole new one is scary and i could definitely use some direction and inspiration and an opportunity to meet with, learn from, and chat with other designers (and if possible, you in particular!). this conference would be so appreciated by me and reassuring of this new step i’ve taken….thanks so much again for offering such a generous and thoughtful opportunity 🙂

  34. as a relative design newbie (still finishing school!), i would love the chance to connect and network with people in the field and learn how to best position myself for when i graduate school next spring. i know there are so many different things // opportunities out there, so it would great to hear from the varied bunch of people speaking, including you! 🙂

  35. Megan,

    As you know its hard to start freelancing on your own. I have been a graphic designer for nearly 11 years and started our on my own a year and a half ago. Its hard marketing and branding yourself when your such a small part of the “Design World”. Who am I kidding its just hard marketing and branding yourself period. Your always the toughest critic when it comes to design. I really have no other choice or option but to push myself as a graphic designer. Not that I would have it any other way. I love design, its been a large part of my life and identity for so long I couldn’t imagine doing any other profession. Your probably wondering why I say I have no choice? Well simply put, I married a man who’s job requires us to move…alot! It just so happens that the places we move to areas that are not the best in terms of culture, design, inspiration, and community. First it was Williston North Dakota, which if you have ever been there you would totally understand what Im saying. Next we were in Williamsport Pennsylvania which isnt a culture center my any means but is a couple hours away from NYC. Which was super nice but very inconvenient. We are in Jacksonville North Carolina currently, which is home of Camp Lejoune and thousands of Marines. Marines as you know are not that creative. As you can see I am not really surrounded by that many creative people. Tickets to go with you to this event would really help me feel inspired, invigorated, and help me connect with the outside creative world. As you can see It would be such a blessing to me as a designer starting her freelance career.

  36. I have not yet attended a conference for creatives/designers/blogging for the reason you mentioned … the thought of attending a conference where you perceive everyone else must be more experienced and more talented than you is intimidating. Even if that perception is not reality, I think it keeps a lot of us who are newer (I am a little over a year into my freelance design career) to the industry from taking that plunge, especially when the plunge comes with a heftier price tag for travel, accommodations, and the actual conference fees.

    I definitely agree that being part of a community of creatives and working collaboratively is beneficial and rewarding for all involved, so I look forward to finally taking the leap and experiencing that community and collaboration at a conference.

    very best,

  37. Hi Megan! First of all, for anyone who may win this wonderful opportunity , I think we can all collectively say thank you for not only the chance to win but for introducing this event to some of us who may have never heard about it otherwise! I’ve been doing Graphic Design now for just at 6 years and I think the most challenging thing I’ve dealt with on a constant basis is leaving the college environment. Not only because of the parties, obviously, but I miss that feeling of walking in to the art building everyday and being surrounded by like minded creatives. Constantly learning from each other and feeling that energy that bounced through those walls. The reason I want to go to Circles is to feel that energy again. Everyone hits a creative wall and sometimes all you need is that swift kick in the ass from other artists to remind you why you do what you do. The quote that stuck with me from last years video was “You may think your just a designer…that may be how you self identify but to most of the world, you’re a wizard”. I sometimes underestimate my abilities, but at the end of the day, I would never change my profession. I get to see beauty in all, and not everyone can say that. Bottom line, its a beautiful Tuesday night , here in Charlottesville, and while my friends are out getting rowdy at the local bar, I am here, as I usually am, geeking out in front of my laptop and drooling over beautiful design all over the web and entering a contest to go to Circles Conference, because I couldn’t think of a better party to attend than one with great creative minds all in one place eager to learn with each other.

  38. Hi Megan,

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a ticket. This is huge! I am a 28 year old designer and website developer located in Albuquerque, NM. I left my first job out of college a few years ago where I was very limited on what I was able to create as far as design. I then moved to a fantastic start-up where I am the main designer and developer working on so many different things that I pretty much get to create whatever I want. However, I feel a little stagnant and attending a design conference would teach me so many different things on so many different levels coming from true professionals. I have never attended a conference before and would love the opportunity to make this my first (of hopefully many more).

    Thank you, again, for your consideration.

  39. Megan:

    I work in a very creative atmosphere and sometimes it is SO hard to keep the creativity juices flowing. Not only do you have to constantly battle multiple personalities in a large-office creative environment but you have to have the desire to keep creating and keep innovating. Like you, I struggle being ME. I struggle moving forward with my ideas since I have non-stop vomit brain … and I am so bad at not being scared and talking myself down from doing it all. I’m not fancy, I don’t expect to get rewarded for my hard work, I care more about the outcome of the project and I love to relish in joy my accomplishments. Circles would be a great opportunity for me to speak with others who have been there and who have persevered through the same things I am feeling. Whether I am chosen or not – I can’t wait to read all about this event 🙂

  40. Hi Megan,
    I have been following your blog for probably a half of a year at this point. And, ironically, this was the week that I was planning on sending you an email introducing myself. Sometimes I find myself delaying opportunities to introduce myself to others, or send out links to my portfolio because I am never quite finished with its design. I don’t really even consider myself to be a designer – I am a photographer/maker – but now when I look back on all of the continuous iterations I have gone through to come up with the websites I have now, I guess I should at least start to consider that as a part of my “title”. Anyway, I just finished a new iteration of my sites and you are giving away an amazing opportunity, so I figured, why not now? It is time to meet you, even just via the internet.

    I will be in Northern Michigan on a semi-permanent basis from the end of June until…??? I absolutely love it – and miss it – and think there is so much that is unappreciated about the Midwest. From a professional standpoint I truly admire what you have been able to do in terms of working for yourself. Now that I am officially incorporated as a business there is always so much to learn, not just on the artistic side, but the business side as well. I hope to grow my business in a number of different areas – and maybe even in some ways that I don’t know about yet. I am interested in connecting with people who have similar goals, who I can collaborate and network with. The Circles Conference sounds like an amazing opportunity to be around likeminded individuals and learn from their experiences, struggles, and successes. I would love to be a part of it! I totally understand that I may not be the best candidate for this conference, based on my experiences. But regardless of whether I am selected for the pass, I would love to meet in person and collaborate in the future! Sorry for the novel!

  41. Hi Megan! I am a 25-yr-old mom of 3 schooners {as I’ve dubbed my kiddos} and work as a homeschool mom by morning and a freelance photographer and Anthropologie sales associate by night. I didn’t discover how creative I like to be until just the past couple of years. I pour it all out on my blog and it’s become this safety net for my ideas. I’ve just absolutely come to fall in love with photographing pretty images, graphic design, and putting that together with words. 2013 is the year I’ve decided to get serious with marketing and designing and photography. I have been offered a big project coming this year…the blogger/curator for Cherry Street – our artsy street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And in short, I need some help. I’ve been solely a mom for the past 5 years and I’m just now entering the business world…and it’s a little scary – to be honest – when the little pond becomes a big pond. I need help learning how to collaborate with chefs and business owners, finding a way to express my ideas and stay true to my photography, design, and writing style. I know there is a lot I have to say creatively and your conference sounds like the best confidence booster and educational environment for this mum. {And over Tex Mex? My kind of creative collaboration!!!}

  42. I’m searching for my “tribe”. I live in the utter suburbia of Birmingham, AL. Everyone my age is married with 2 kids in a gated community. I’m 28 and I still want to make new friends! An idea that seems novel in my location. I have two degrees: one is in graphic design and a masters in art education. Currently I am an art teacher doing graphic design on the side. I would like to be a graphic designer doing art instruction on the side. I have been gearing up for the transition for a year and a half. I need my like minded peeps! Bonus: I’m fun, like to eat, make weird faces, and I’m pretty good at talking to people. Boom.

  43. About four years ago, I reinvented my career. With the help of my previous employer (they fired me), I decided I wanted to work in creative services and was fortunate enough to find people around me that gave me to opportunity to learn and make mistakes. It taught me that you don’t get anywhere without supportive relationships.

    Circles Conference seems like a community that understands the value of those kinds of relationships. People to stand with you and give you opportunities for testing and growth. I need to be a part of more conferences like Circles to see growth in my own profession and contribute my part to help others get to where they want to be.

  44. With guitar, it was power chords.
    With art, it was Pollock.
    With photoshop, it was layers.
    With love, it was my wife Sarah.
    With relaxation, it was the beach.
    With my next season of creativity, it is Circles Conference?

    With all things we discover and love, there’s a lightbulb moment where it all makes sense. When things start to click. When the fog clears.

    I believe all things come in seasons, and I feel on the brink of my next season of creativity. You never know what’s going to spark that lightbulb moment, but I hope it’s Circles Conference. Hope to see you there.

  45. Hi Megan,
    Thank you for this lovely opportunity! I am fairly new to the design world. I didn’t go to school for it, everything I do is self taught and I can’t help but doubt my skills. One of the best things I’ve read is Ira Glass’ advice to people embarking on a new journey. I’m sure you’ve seen it, but if you haven’t then take a read: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through // Pretty amazing, right? It’s honest, and thoughtful. Something I need to remind myself of every time I’m doubting if anyone will even like my work or will I ever be as good as X person.
    So that’s why I’d like to attend Circles conference and ask some of the people I admire how they worked through the feelings of self doubt in the beginning of their careers and continued being inspired & producing great work without being discouraged. Knowing that the people you look up to went through similar experiences is the best inspiration anyone could ask for.
    Thank you for consideration.

  46. Hi Megan,

    Put simply I’d like to attend the Circles Conference because more than any other design conference; I feel these are my people. 🙂

    I wanted to attend last year to hear the lovely Evie Shaffer and Promise Tangeman speak but I had just gotten married and so we just couldn’t make it happen.

    I would so love to attend this year and be able to share in all of the knowledge you and all the other speakers will present.

    I also thought I’d mention that my birthday is September 20th so it would be a totally awesome birthday present, hehe! I don’t really think that should give me an unfair advantage over the other submissions but it really is my birthday, and really would be such a cool gift. 😀

    Thanks so much, I’m excited to see who wins even if it’s not me!

  47. Oh my goodness! I had no idea there was a design conference this close to me! I have always heard about Alt Summit, HOW’s conference in San Fran, and AGIA’s design camp up north but never in the Southwest!

    I’ve been wanting to attend a design conference since I started my own studio last year and have been dying to network with other business owners and design students (like myself). I live in New Mexico and although we get a lot fine art culture from Santa Fe, there isn’t a lot of *good* graphic designers around. Grapevine is probably only 5-6 hours away from me! I’ve also been looking to move/transfer (for school) and Texas ( Austin area) is a good option for me. This would be a great opportunity to meet some Texas designers!

    Thanks for the giveaway and for just letting us know about this conference!