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WELLwomenWorkshop:Fuel Your Creativity by Finding Inspiration in Daily Life

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Chix Seaside Grill

701 Atlantic Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Life gets busy and hectic. Sometimes, we forget what inspired us to be where we are in life. Join WELLwomen, Artist & Entrepreneur Tessa Duquette as she shows us how to find inspiration in our daily life experiences. By slowing down, and taking time to search & find what makes us happy - from morning to night. The seemingly mundane moments as we go about our day can refuel our inspiration and motivation. She will lead us through an exercise in sketching moments or tasks that we find inspiring, and showing us how to slow down to appreciate those moments in more depth. Tessa will show us that richness of life is all around us from the kitchen sink, to nature, to the families around us.

Tessa Duquette is an artist and entrepreneur. As a wife and mother, Tessa found herself immersed in the day to day merry-go-round of raising 3 boys (ages 5 ½, 4 ½ and 18 months)! With a love of the outdoors from her childhood spent on Shelburne Farms' gardens and woods in Vermont, Tessa purely by happy accident found a creative and simple way to entertain her kids, while being outdoors exploring and learning about nature. In early Spring 2016, each time her family went hiking in First Landing State Park, or wandering through the neighborhood slowly, Tessa started hand drawing “Search & Find” Adventure cards for her kids to keep them busy. The laminated & reusable cards were such a huge hit with her boys, and she would post on Instagram about them. When Tessa’s mom friends saw her posts, they all begged for copies. With a passion for a creative, outdoor and interactive lifestyle, Tessa began to dream of adventures for every child! In August 2016 Tessa launched her Etsy shop “tessadrawsthings”, and officially started her small illustration business “Tessa Duquette Creations” in November 2016. Besides drawing “Search & Finds”, one of Tessa's favorite parts of her business is being commissioned to create a family heirloom of custom illustrations of a family’s home, or a “Family Life Story” poster.

A graduate of The University of Vermont with a degree in English in Art, Tessa has held all sorts of jobs throughout her life, from the early years of leading Day Campers on hikes to the beach while singing songs & tie dying, to selling cheddar cheese and tractor rides on the Farm, to pruning thousands of tomatoes and delivering those tomatoes all around Burlington. Once out of college, Tessa spent four years planning events at Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Upon moving to Virginia Beach in 2008, Tessa managed a hip maternity boutique and has taught Zumba Fitness and Barre Fitness classes over the years at Wareing’s Gym. In 2011 she started her first blog “Our Beach Baby” to document life with her first child, and quickly fell in love with blogging and social media. In 2014 she launched a Virginia Beach lifestyle blog “VB Basics”, which she continues to maintain, when she has time! She is a member of the Junior Virginia Beach Garden Club, and has held the title of “Social Media Muse” for several years, running the club’s social media pages. An avid gardener, she manages her children’s Montessori school garden, and delegates where her husband should plant things in their backyard garden at home.

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Chix Seaside Grill

701 Atlantic Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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