I know lots of post have been made about Creative Estates, I wrote a couple, you can find them here and here if you are interested. It's been a week since CE, and I don't want to bring out more drama or reintroduce things that have been resolved, but I feel like I need to get a few things out and be honest about my situation.
My purpose for attending CE was to get a weekend full of craft time and meet other great bloggers! As already listed in my first post, there was not enough resources for all the ladies that attended.
1. There was not enough beds for everyone
2. We were not offered a well balance diet
3. There was not a variety of drinks available
4. We were not all properly introduced
5. The schedule got off track and their wasn't a whole lot of crafting being done
Not enough beds was probably the one factor that affected me most. After over 15 hours of traveling, the last thing I wanted to do was run around the mansion searching for a place to sleep. After a few comments that were made, I didn't feel comfortable in the original room I was suppose to sleep in. Whether or not those comments were truly meant, I don't know and I'm still not sure. All I do know is that everyone was tired, everyone was emotional, and everyone had a long day. We may have all said things we didn't mean and we may have said things that came out the wrong way. I made the choice to leave the room.
However, I did not want this situation, and the others, to take away from my purpose of attending CE. I tried to overlook the negativity and the unexpected circumstances. I was indeed disappointed in the circumstances that were stated above, but I wasn't going to let them ruin my time. This was my reaction to what was going on. As, I stated in the other post, we are all individuals and our reactions were all different. I in no way, am saying any reaction was better than any other.
Moving on, Saturday afternoon I received a text stating that the girls I had arrived at CE with were planning on leaving. They were not happy. Plain and simple. Not happy. So I had the choice to stay or to leave. I decided to leave with them for several reasons: a. we came together b. I paid for part of the rental c. and most importantly, I trusted in these girls. If these girls felt in their heart that leaving was what they needed to do, then I trusted in their decision. My point being, I made friendships with these girls and if they felt like they need to go, then I trusted in their decision to leave. Even if it may not have been the choice I would have made.
This does not mean I wasn't disappointed in leaving, because I was. I was sad to leave everyone early, I was sad that the retreat turned out to be this way, and I was sad that my original purpose was not accomplished to the extent I was hoping for. I didn't get to craft the projects I brought and I didn't get to meet and chat with every single attendee. At this point, I felt like everything was beyond my control including the circumstances and the outcome of the retreat.
I am writing this because I am an honest person. Some say this is my best quality, some don't (ha!) which is totally fine with me. I believe honesty is the best policy. So I wrote this to try and explain to all the girls that attended how things happened, instead of sending out 35 different emails. I feel like some people may have got the wrong impression of me and maybe even the situations. I feel like I don't know where other women stand on these issues, especially with the topic of us leaving, so I wanted to explain where I stand. If you have a problem or question with anything I wrote, feel free to contact me and I can try to clarify.