|Melbourne Airport at 6am|
Yesterday, I flew up to Brisbane for the day to attend Visual Impact 2016 - a printing industry expo - to do research for our business as well as to establish some connections and talk to experienced people and just do some networking in general. Enoch took the day off so he could look after the kids.
My day started ridiculously early. My alarm was set to go off at 4.15am and I found myself awake at 2am (checked the time) and again at 3.15am and finally up at 4.10am and decided to just lie in bed awake until my alarm went off, lol.
By the time I was showered and dressed, I was out the door by 4.50am.
I arrived at the airport at 5.45am and was waiting around at the terminal by 6am because I have already check-in online and had no baggage to drop off.
My flight was at 7am, so I had a coffee and some breakfast before going to the boarding gate.
The flight was on time and I arrived in Brisbane at 9.10am, hopped into a taxi and arrived at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre by 9.45am.
|The expo featured the latest technology in printing equipment, material and media, and other printing solutions - exhibitors include manufacturers (Australian as well as from overseas), distributors and some specialized family businesses.|
The expo was scheduled to open at 10am but there were already a lot of visitors waiting outside the exhibition hall. I had a very productive day at the expo. I spoke to a lot of people - mostly salesmen who were trying to convince me their printer is the best... but also some suppliers and distributors of materials and media, and a handful of business advisors who were so kind to spare their time and pass on some wisdom for little ol' me who is very new to the industry and just starting this journey into owning her own business.
I had lunch at a local cafe across the road. I figured I was only by myself for the day and wanted to have a decent meal someplace nice and not just grab a quickie sandwich at the exhibition hall cafeteria. The cafe had great coffee and my burger was absolutely delicious!
After a wonderfully peaceful lunch on my own, I went back to the expo and talked to more people and gathered more info and attended an advertising workshop.
After a few more hours I decided I have had enough and collected all the information I needed and physically cannot talk to another human being anymore lol. So I ventured further down the road and took some photos around Southbank and enjoyed the beautiful views of Brisbane for half an hour before hailing another taxi back to Brisbane airport.
|Beautiful Brisbane city :)|
|The market was just finishing up and Southbank beach was gorgeous!|
I am glad I managed to do a mini tourist walk, Queensland is absolutely beautiful. I loved Cairns while I was there last year, and now I love Brisbane too.
I was back at the airport by 5pm and my flight wasn't until 6.30pm so I sat down at Roll'd and enjoyed a quiet, peaceful dinner. Actually, maybe it wasn't so quiet and peaceful, because I ended up talking to the person sitting right next to me! Too much adult conversation in one day, not sure what to do with myself!
|Crispy Chicken Ribs from Roll'd.. after I have already devoured two rice paper rolls, I was SO hungry!|
I was still pumped, my brain was too busy thinking and planning and strategising, I gained so much in one day, and my mind was full of ideas I had to write them all down before I forgot them! I did not even sleep on the flight back home (I scribbled on my notepad.. so many notes) even though I was clearly physically tired from being awake since 4am. The physical tiredness is different compared to caring for children, it wasn't as physically demanding.. I did not have to do anything for anyone else for the day and only had to look after myself. It was a really good day, the kind of day I need every once in a while to inspire me to do something for myself.
I missed my kids though.
They were in good hands though!
Enoch apparently took parenting to the next level for the day. He did the kinder drop off and pick up, he went grocery shopping, he took Silver to a music class, AND he entertained some guests for dinner! What. the. heck?! Is my husband better than me at this staying home with the kids thing??
Well, I am glad he was good at it - because I am hoping this business we are building together will take off and be successful and then we will not only share the business load but also the parenting duties a lot more!
So much to do this week, all the follow ups and purchasing decisions we need to make. We need to buy the equipment, stock up some material and media, create a working space at home, build our website, create / outsource designs, keep working on our business planning and strategy, etc. All this while trying our best not to neglect our kids, lol. It is difficult to neglect them though, they are very convincing when it comes to wanting attention... they will not stop hassling until you stop what you're doing and give them the attention.
I think I have figured out a schedule that works, I hope. I have set aside times during the day which works best to be able to work peacefully for a solid block of an hour or two, as well as set aside times that are specifically for blogging, chores and kid related duties like preparing meals, laundry, cleaning, entertaining them with an activity, playdates, etc. Trust me, my daily schedule is FULL. I have even scheduled set times to rest and do nothing, that necessary 30-minute break just to recharge and have a cuppa and refocus.
In other news, my Facebook Photo Book arrived yesterday while I was away - so excited and so happy with it! Thank you, Pastbook!
Took some photos of the kids today - just thought they were cute and wanted to post them on here, hehe.
Thank you for reading!