This weekend might be one of my favorite three days of my life. It is in competition with my wedding and that time B and I went to Disney World as 26 year old adults. It was that good. B and I headed to Austin for the Texas Style Council, for what I believe is it’s 4th year. I’ve been there for three and this year was my favorite. The format and programming was perfect — low key classes and workshops, meet-ups, happy hours. It all just felt like meeting up with friends all weekend and talking. But I don’t think it was just the classes and workshops, but the people I met that were the most inspiring, all of them. I talked to B all the way home about all of my new ideas, about conversations I had with people and all of my new girl crushes. I met woman after woman who had their own things going — writing a book, opening a shop, running a growing handmade jewelry line, graphic designers, stylists, brand managers, I mean you name it and these girls were making shit happen on their own. I feel like I just got back from a summer camp, I’m that giddy about life right now. If you are an entrepreneur or blogger or just a cool kid, you need to go to the next TXSC. You just do. It’s so fun to meet people who couldn’t be more different than you but you have so much in common with. Plus we all make friendship bracelets, secret handshakes and become internet pen pals. Worth it.
I wanted to say thank you to everyone who shared their stories on stage or in conversation. It’s so nice to hear people who are making it happen and who are brave enough to forge ahead on their own. This might sound cheesy but it is so empowering to hear women make things happen on their own. To hear so many different ways of entrepreneurship — some big, some small but all growing and innovating our world even if we don’t know it yet. I am so proud to be a part of this group of women.
On Sunday, I spoke on what I think are a few secrets to a start up. The thing is they aren’t really secrets — they are pieces of wisdom that you will learn along the way. I think that’s the secret of entrepreneurship and probably life — experience is everything. Since it’s impossible to tell you everything I said in my rambling hour long talk, I think i’ll just sum it up with what I learned this weekend from everyone else: do what you are called to do no matter how big or small that calling may be and just know that it’s important. I truly believe that women are designed to be great business owners and entrepreneurs (as well as everything else we are and do) and this weekend confirmed that to me in every way.
So I guess it should be noted that didn’t take any outfit photos ever this weekend because I’m the worst style blogger in the world. But I do have photos on my insta so I mean it’s whatever. Next year I’ll take photos. Next year. Maybe.
Photos are from the Bonlook photo booth which I manned Saturday night. Which really meant that after every photo someone else took in the booth, I went in and got another photo of myself. Bonlook is probably regretting inviting me to host their booth looking back on their photos now, but I’m pretty happy with the turn out. B and I needed some new family photos and this worked out perfectly.
Oh and a huge thank you to Bonlook for helping me get there and letting me crash your booth. Your support this weekend was so kind.
So moral of the story: go next year and let’s all be best friends, yes? Well, glad that is settled.