Wow, what a weekend! I attended the Thrive Creative Conference in Austin, Texas this weekend and it was amazing. Honestly, amazing doesn’t even come close to describing how wonderful it was. I was so impressed by the planning, passion, and execution of the Thrive team. I am forever grateful. I will hopefully be attending every year!
I want to share a few of the amazing things that made this weekend so awesome. Now, these are just material things, and this weekend was about SO MUCH MORE! If I could have captured the internal inspiration and the power of these women I would share it with everyone, but that amount of knowledge and #girlboss in one room is something I cannot just simply write in a blog post.
“Great people DO THINGS before they’re ready.” – Amy Poehler
The first night in Austin, Texas they treated us to a fun night full of sweets, cocktails, and networking at the beautifully colorful
Erin Condren Store.
I am obsessed with these color stairs!
We had the opportunity to walk around the store and find some goodies and these are these are the beauties that I picked out!
Colorful Pocket Folders
Two paperback notebooks, I love these because I am constantly taking notes and these have a great side column to write down like a shopping list or to do list!
Sticker Pack, I love these mini circle stickers! I use them to color code my planner!
And this awesome magnetized page marker!
Now, I am going to be totally honest with you.
I. HATE. NETWORKING.
I know we all have to do it, and it is SO important to create a community of like-minded people to grow your business.
Although the store was beautiful and the event was set up perfectly, I was miserable.
I walked into that store with my brand new outfit, perfectly picked out lipstick color, hair on point and felt like a fish out of water. I panicked, like total panic. I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life. (Anxiety can be a bit of a drama queen)
I walked around, didn’t really talk much and ended up leaving early. The entire rest of the night I was SO MAD at myself. “WHY?! Why did I do that?! I came all the way to Austin, Texas and I was finally surrounded by people who were in the same boat as me. And I froze, didn’t talk to hardly anyone and I just wasted my time. What is my problem!? ” My internal dialogue with myself the rest of the night was horrible, terrible and something that if anyone else would say to me I would want to punch them in the throat.
So why was I saying it to myself?
I walked into Day Two, excited and cautious. I didn’t know what to expect and DID NOT want that Drama Queen Anexity to come back and ruin my experience.
When I walked in I found my spot, got my notebook out and quietly waited…
Then the Queen of Thrive, Bree Pair, stood up and one of the first phrases out of her mouth was “You really are good enough, pretty enough, and strong enough” -Al Carraway. So that’s when I took that deep breath of relief and said: ” You can do this Whitney.”
Now I am not saying that all this anxiety was gone and I was good to go, NO, I was still wanting to throw up all day. But I decided right then I was not going to continue to tear myself down and beat myself up because if I do that to myself then why would anyone else believe in me?
Every detail in that room was perfectly planned out in all its Instagram worthy way.
Above, is part of an AMAZING giveaway I won from Jane. They were the sweetest gals I have ever met! If you have not checked out Jane.com, you have too. They have everything you could need like clothes, accessories, home decor, and baby.
Below is just a FEW of the bomb swag that Thrive blessed us with including:
Belong Magazine, Emily Ley Planner, Lauren James Tumbler, Marley Lilly Earrings, Tula Lotion, and a Planoly Notebook and Bag
Just when I thought that the day couldn’t get any better, THEN THIS HAPPENED!
Yeah, this is Studio DIY’s Kelly and Jeff Mindell. It was a huge moment to hear one of my biggest inspirations speak to us about how they did it and how they made their dreams come true. Talk about lighting a fire under you!
She said something that will forever stick with me…
“If you’re not scared, you have waited too long.”
So in review, I had an amazing time and I HIGHLY recommend this conference to anyone who is thinking about, just starting or have been doing a blog for years. It was amazing. My biggest take away is that EVERYONE is scared and MOST people don’t know what they are doing.
If you wake up, show up and DO THE WORK, you won’t fail, because YOU gave it all you had. And for that, you should be proud.