Topic: Nearly nobody wanted to give me a chance, and now we're sold out
Less than 10 weeks ago I had the crazy idea of having a Vegan Holiday Festival here in Portland.
Many people and organizations discouraged me from taking on this project, figuring there wasn't enough time to make it successful. Events like this take a full year to organize, I was told.
So I began working 12-hours a day on this project, even through mulitple trips to Canada and to the East Coast, I kept working on it.
Five weeks into it there were still many questions, cautions and concerns.
I thought it would be successful, but small. I had no idea that 2 weeks before the event, we would completely sell out our 70-table capacity at our facility.
I promised we'd distribute over 2,000 flyers, but had no idea we would have distributed over 7,000 by now and will reach nearly 10,000 before the event takes place.
I had no idea this idea that came into my head two months ago, would lead to perhaps the largest Vegan Gathering in North America. Some are travleling 3,000 miles just to attend.
This is the biggest project I've ever worked on and the most expensive and stressful one.
It takes place in 12 days and I have a hard time sleeping at night. There is still a lot of work to do and I still can't believe how big this has become.
I have many people to thank. There is a team of 5 who is making it happen.
We all have tasks we work on up to 10 hours a day (more for me, sometimes up to 15 hours).
Check out www.veganholidayfestival.com
for more info.