VENUE: Gold Rush Vinyl
ADDRESS: 1321 Rutherford Ln #130, Austin, TX 78753, USA
I need to disconnect. There's too much noise in my head. I am burning out. I need space to rethink everything. I need a hard reset.
Exhaustion is like dehydration—when you feel it, you've gone too far.
So we finally cave in and heed the words of people who've found their centers again: take a trip into nature, go for walks, unplug completely.
The challenge with restarting is that we often save it for the end rather than creating pockets throughout our weeks where we prioritize reflection and solitude.
Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed. It's refreshing and feeds greater intention and momentum into our creative endeavors.
Ashland is the founder of Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series based in Austin for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as artists and creatives AND small business owners. The event series helps anyone wanting to make a living as a maker learn how to become sustainable in their artistic craft. She also hosts, produces, and edits the Creatives Meet Business podcast.
Ashland values collaboration, connectivity, and accessibility of knowledge and information and wanted to create something unique for the community. The result was CMBXP, an annual three-day experience featuring over 50 hands-on workshops that helps artists and creatives in real-time with artistry, business, marketing, and storytelling.
Before founding both CMB and CMBXP, Ashland worked in film and production. At the same time, she honed her fundraising, marketing, and event production skills during her years at an arts-based non-profit. If that wasn’t enough, she also volunteers as the Sponsor Relations Coordinator with the ATX Television Festival and moderates at the Austin Film Festival.