When I booked my ticket months ago, I thought this would be a great way to connect with local bloggers, expand my network and pick some some tips along the way. I had no idea about the scale, the level of production and the caliber of speakers attending. I was absolutely blown away. The energy in each room was incredibly infections and though I was exhausted driving home after a 13 hour day, I felt like I could conquer the world. Listening to these bad ass women “do shit” that is innovative and inspiring was beyond motivational, and exactly what I needed.
My favorite part wasn’t just learning from the women who “have made it” but interacting with the women sitting next to me. My friends and family have been so supportive to me during the ups and downs (aka my meltdowns) but there is nothing like sharing your insecurities with someone and them responding with an “omg me too”. I felt understood and connected with each woman so easily because of it. It felt like a community, and one that I somehow was apart of.
The powerhouse names (Chelsea Handler, Rachel Zoe to name a few) were of course inspirational, that goes without saying. They owned the room and each person in it was in awe of their authenticity and most importantly with the level of comfort in their own skin. They know who they are, want they want and make no excuses for it. But a lot of the “tweet tweet moments” (oprah fans holllaaa) were not just made by these powerhouses – throughout the day small comments were made that left a huge impact on me. Below are 8 of those ah-ha moments. Some of them I’ve heard before and things I remind myself of constantly but sometimes, in the right setting said by the right person those words somehow resonate more.
1. Danielle Nuzzo of Emu Australia
“when negotiating pay or anything to do with money, ask for an amount that would make you blush. realize that you are worth more that what you are asking for.”
2. Sarah Gibson Tuttle of Olive&June
“be open to possibilities and things will just start happening – you will meet the right people that will get you to where you want.”
3. Hilary Sloan of ShopStyle
“if you hang in there long enough, people will eventually just fall off and you will be the last one standing.”
4. Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary
“set realistic goals, and then set crazy goals. strive to achieve the realistic ones but be open to the possibility of achieving the crazy one too. the more your mind is open, the more likely these things will happen”
5. Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary
“don’t build your empire on rented land” – on how she views instagram followers vs traffic towards her website
6. Jessica Alba
“I felt like a fraud and that I didn’t deserve a seat at the table but what I realized over time is that I am pure about the mission, am coming from a good place and not having one doesn’t make any less intelligent” – on the insecurities around not having a degree
7. Chelsea Handler
“support women, even if you don’t know them or like them. we are no longer in high school for a reason, we are grown ass adults so act like one. there is plenty of room in the sandbox, unless you’re Angelina Jolie.”
8. Nicolette Mason
“whatever sets you apart, use it to your advantage. somewhere, someone will relate to you.”