Sunday, March 13, 2016
Why I'm not at the 2017 Soapmakers' Conference in Niagara Falls
I simply can't afford it.
As a presenter, although the Guild offered to pay for my hotel, flight, and some food, they did not offer an honourarium or fee for teaching four workshops at last year's or this year's conference. As I need Raymond to be with me to help with the workshops and help with possible physical needs like my back pain or diabetes - I went scarily low blood sugar twice at the last one - I would have to pay for his flight across the country. (The Guild offered to pay for his food package while there.)
I don't make money from this blog. I take no advertising or sponsorships. Every penny you pay for an e-book through the blog or a supplier like Lotioncrafter or Voyageur Soap & Candle goes to fund our youth programs. The only ways I make money from my knowledge of bath & body products is by writing the column for Handmade magazine and teaching classes on the weekends at Voyageur Soap & Candle.
I've already spent a great deal of time and money preparing for the 2016 conference, and I didn't plan classes for (most of) March and April to give me time to rest before and afterwards. I don't know how I would be able to do this all over again next year and afford to go.
I'm sad I won't be there. It was so amazing to talk to people who are as passionate about bath & body products as I am! But I'm sure you'll have a lovely time listening to Dr Kevin Dunn! (Someone get me an autograph, please!)