I just got back from the Creative at Heart Conference in Raleigh, NC. It was 3 days of amazing people, speakers, knowledge bombs and beautiful details.
I. am. exhausted. #truth.
My introverted (with extroverted tendencies) self is seriously tuckered out. That makes it sound cutesy, but if I’m being really honest with you, I’m depleted to the point of such extreme exhaustion that it took all my energy just to write this post to you. Turns out that 4 days of no alone/down time, constant talking/listening and coordination with new friends really takes it out of me. This is an honest confession, but not to be confused with the fact that I had an amazing time and would highly recommend this experience to others. ;) I just also happen to be in a conference/introvert hangover. #yesthat’stotallyarealthing - Turns out I need 24 hours of alone time to recoup, STAT. “STAT means now!” - Michael Scott, The Office.
It was a 5 day trip for me. Flying across the country from Portland, OR to Raleigh, NC is a trek and for some reason the Portland airport doesn’t offer much variety to get over there. SO - I came in on Saturday and took that evening to relax (treated myself to room service) and prepare my mind for the next 4 days ahead. (I do highly recommend this method if you’re introverted and traveling a longer distance. A day to rest after traveling is extremely helpful).
The next day I met up with my roommates and we got ready for a VIP dinner/meet & greet time happening that evening. Thus begins all the busy. ;)
The conference was held at the Merrimon-Wynne house, ummm… can we just say gorgeous??
It was awesome to get to meet so many people that first night, but it was also extremely loud inside of the house so it was hard to hear… However, I was still incredibly thankful for this time before the conference actually began. It really gave an opportunity to connect before we all took our seats the next morning.
The next 3 days happened really quickly and were a bit of a blur. This is why I always take notes and then go back over those notes when I get home (or on the plane) so I can remember everything that just happened.
ACTION TIP: When you take notes at a conference write down ALL of the action steps you’d like to make either on a list, in Asana or Trello, on post-it notes, or something of the like. This will help you keep track of the changes you’d like to make in your business and help you actually make them. It’s super easy to forget everything you just learned and even easier to not take action on them. My advice is that if you spent the money to learn these new things, do yourself the favor and take action on it. It’s part of your investment! Action = results.
Each day was filled with awesome speakers, lots of note taking and chatting during our quick breaks and chatter in between speakers. We broke out into small group “panel groups” to help us connect even further and frankly process everything we’d learned so far. (Small groups are always one of my favorite things).
Each night we went out to dinner, invited new people and tried new places around Raleigh. TIP: Remember to budget for your meals out - this is part of your investment in this conference experience.
We also had 4 breakout sessions. There were actually several breakout sessions all happening at once, but before coming to the conference you got the opportunity to rate which breakout sessions interested you the most and they did their best to place you in your top 3 picks.
2 out of my 4 breakout sessions were amazing! One of which should be a keynote speaker for next year. ;) It was THAT good. Breakout sessions are awesome so you get to learn or participate in the topics that interest you most. I loved and truly appreciated this time.
Now on top of all this, there were obviously also amazing speakers…
The first day started with a surprise guest speaker - Lara Casey. Immediately the room was in tears just because she was the surprise, than of course more tears flowed because she’s SO good at challenging your heart to dig deeper. I love this woman and it was incredible to see her again after attending Make Things Happen this year. (P.S. Are you wondering where my Make Things Happen recap is? Me too! I was doing so much processing I forgot to write it, so I promise I’ll do that soon).
Alright last but not least, are you ready for my top 3 takeaways??
Top 3 Takeaways from Creative @ Heart:
Get 4 layers deep into what you do/provide in your business, i.e. your “niche”. What’s your “onlyness” factor?
This means discovering what makes you unique and stop trying to fit in, be someone else and/or be generic. (I preach this constantly, but it was also so good for me to hear it myself).
For instance I realized I’m not just a business coach and brand mentor. I’m very specifically an encourager, I can’t even help it, and I encourage women who are driven to make a positive impact in this world, brave their fear, and take the steps they need to grow their business to that next level.
You’re not as behind as you think you are… Micro changes = Macro results.
We crowd our minds with thinking we need to #allthethings?? (Can I get an amen sister-friend?!) BUT - we don’t need to be busying ourselves this much.
Don’t even bother with making changes to your business unless they fit these 3 criteria:
It’s easily noticeable
It adds value to your audience
It enhances the experience someone has with your brand
Money-mindset and 4 money personalities.
Oh this talk was so good… I would share with you everything if I could, but this was an hour long talk so that would take me awhile.
You are 1 of 4 money personalities: Avoider, Saver, Spender or Martyr. (I’m a saver with a lot of Martyr mixed in).
Avoider: You avoid $ and don’t like looking at the numbers. You lack confidence in yourself/numbers and have a lot of self-doubt around your numbers.
Solution: Go on a money date once a month to check everything.
Saver: You save for security reasons and out of fear. In a constant state of scarcity.
Solution: Create a “fun” spending account and put money into it monthly, but not only that - actually spend it! within 30 days.
Spender: You spend for approval or love. To win others over. It gives you a false sense of security.
Solution: Create a budget or a money plan. Take a look over your last 3 bank statements and know where your money is going.
Martyr: You have no boundaries and offer too much to others at the expense of yourself. You struggle with the belief that money is evil.
Solution: Know that money is not evil and use it intentionally. Write out scripts that help you say no to others.
Bonus take-away: Your perspective indicates what you find important.
Pay attention to your perspective and be open to listening to new perspectives.
I often talk about this topic, but to hear it said to succinctly impacted me. I love this quote.
Overall I gained so much knowledge at this conference, made new friends, felt encouraged and genuinely appreciated all of the beautiful details. I’m so thankful I got to attend and I highly recommend attending this conference both if you’re brand new or looking to uplevel your business (there’s something for everyone).
I am a HUGE believer in attending in-person conferences, retreats, workshops and events. I want you to know that it’s an investment (that’s code for not cheap - haha!), but it’s so worth it. I literally set aside money each year to attend conferences. I personally like to keep a running list of conferences, retreats, workshops, etc… that I want to attend. My goal is to attend at least 1, hopefully 2 a year.
When you get to be in person, it’s more impactful. Making face-to-face connections builds stronger bonds and you’re able to absorb more when you’re immersed in the environment.
** Alright last but not least, give me your questions! Is there anything you’d like to ask specifically about the Creative @ Heart conference? I’m an open book and would love to answer. Comment below:
Your turn! Is there anything you’d like to ask specifically about the Creative @ Heart conference? I’m an open book and would love to answer. Post a comment below: