We walked into the main conference hall and there was a bustle like none other. Eighty women (eighty women!), including myself, went bouncing around exchanging big, excited "hellos" and "how-are-yous." There was only about a second of anxiety worrying I wouldn't have the courage to talk to any of these women before I was greeted with hugs and warm, excited conversation. Phew! ;) The expectation when booking my seat at the Creative at Heart Conference was that I would leave with a couple new business tricks and maybe a few new industry friends. How simple! Silly me! While I did leave with several concrete tips and many new buddies, I left with something a lot less tangible and a lot more valuable... I left with power. And, no, I don't mean that I walked out and dead lifted 300 pounds... let's be honest if I ever lift the bar, it will be a miracle. Congratulations Superman, your job is safe! What I really mean is that I left knowing we were capable of really making our business successful and, one day, influential in the wedding industry.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly where this feeling came from, but if I had to guess it would be listening to all the amazing stories around me. Running a small business is so rewarding, but there are days when it feels very lonely. Just listening and sharing with the other amazing women at the conference was so empowering. These women were all experiencing the same struggle with unwavering ambition.
I don't know what else to say other than it was rather indescribable. We left with a real feeling of direction and the power to make our dreams happen. Moving forward we are excited to start putting our plans into motion and getting the "one day" dreams out of our hearts and into action. I cannot tell you enough how excited we are for 2015 and this great start!!!