By on September 13, 2017

Well friends, it was as amazing as I hoped it would be! Create & Cultivate was a day full of inspiration, networking, beautiful desserts, and creative women. It was just as glamorous as I imagined. And if anyone is wondering – YES, I did make 3 new friends and YES, I did leave with a twirly straw.

I arrived around 8:30am and headed for registration where I got my badge and found out I got the track that I was hoping for and let out a mental “WOO WOO!”

The first hour was for breakfast, mingling and checking out the gorgeous marketplace area full of visual goodness. I had my backpack on because, well, I always do, and also anticipated getting a lot of random things throughout the day. Boy oh boy was I right about that. Right off the bat I had a notebook, a map, a piece of paper with my mentors names, my jacket, a hot coffee, a gluten free muffin (guys, I don’t know, I just grabbed one with chocolate in it).

After I stopped sweating from figuring out to do with all of my things, I forced myself to be brave and ended up being borderline creepy and approached a woman I recognized from a blog (shoutout to Julia if you are reading this). She was great and let me follow her around for a large portion of the day – win!

The panels were great, the women who attended the conference were fabulous and I definitely left feeling full of inspiration and motivation to keep pursuing something creative. Below are some of favorite things about Create & Cultivate Seattle!

Favorite Takeaway Nuggets (besides the chicken ones).

  • Be an active participant in your own life (you go, Mandy Moore).
  • Be your authentic self in the content you create.
  • At the end of the day, relationships with people in your life are always going to be more important than your business or side hustle, don’t be afraid to shut off the screens and focus on what matters. (PREACH, Molly Moon).
  • Finding out what you were meant to do is super confusing. Also what can feel like a huge failure is probably NBD in the grand scheme of things. (Zelda Williams is a unicorn)
  • Just because you have found success doing something one way doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new things that haven’t been done before.
  • IRL > behind your screen. So get out and do some living.
  • I was especially moved by the number of women that had full-time jobs like me to support their passion. It was encouraging to know that there were so many people out there who were at the conference for inspiration and encouragement.

Favorite Panelists.

  • Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons. She was so hilarious and is an unreal balloon artist. Need I say more.
  • Zelda Williams is so cool, which is not surprising since she is the daughter of Robin Williams. Love her sense of humor and attitude.
  • Issa Rae is the producer of Insecure and was hilarious and I loved her realness.
  • Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon Ice Cream
  • Arianna Schioldager of Create and Cultivate was my favorite moderator!
  • Kate Arends of Wit & Delight
  • Anne Sage
  • Ali Edwards scrapbooking goddess with a really down to Earth and relatable vibe.
  • And last but not least, Mandy Moore, who is truly as sweet as she is on screen. I am still a big Ryan Adams fan though (sorry Mandy).

Favorite Booths.

  • LaCroix because of their delicious mocktails and TWISTY STRAWS. This part of my mission was a smashing success.
  • ShopStyle came through with a very beautiful set up and relaxing hand massages.
  • Jenny Cookies because – duh. I got to meet her! Was proud of myself for that.
  • I didn’t take advantage of the multiple beauty squads that were there but wish I would have! Next time I will come with a fresh face and let them work their magic.
  • I loved how creative the Ali Edwards booth was – visually beautiful and a fun idea. She had a wall of words and you could take the word that you wanted to focus on for the year. Here is more info about her One Little Word.
  • Simon G. Jewelry was doing ear piercings in their booth which was very popular and kind of a cool idea.
  • Richer Poorer was doing chain stitching in their booth to have t-shirts embroidered with whatever you wanted – really wish I would have done that!

Even though I am horrible at networking, I loved every minute of it. Figuring out your purpose and passion can be very confusing. It is frustrating when you have so much heart and energy that you want to throw into something, but you don’t know what direction to walk in, so you walk blindly, very slowly with your arms out, constantly checking in to make sure it still feels right. It is kind of like a less-exiting, adult version of pin the tail on the donkey.

When you are younger you have this idea that once you complete college, things become clear and you are magically granted entrance into adulthood. WRONG. Knowing what work will be fulfilling for you can be a long, confusing, and painful process. Hearing these crazy smart women discuss this at the conference gave me reassurance that I was not alone and that I just need to give it more time while tirelessly exploring all of the possibilities to find the side hustle of my dreams.

Can’t wait to go to another Create & Cultivate conference, and keep doing my best at being a badass. WOO WOO!

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    September 14, 2017

    Yes yes yes to those final thoughts. I’m coming next time!

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      September 14, 2017

      Please come with me next time! We would have a blast



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