This weekend was jam-packed with social fun! If you know me, you know this sounds a bit strange…I am a deeply extroverted introvert.
*What does this mean?*
It means I love being around people, but get my energy and feel recharged through alone time–learn more about this in the book Quiet by Susan Cain. I spent both of my days meeting new people and catching up with old friend.
Saturday: I met a new friend for coffee and talked on the phone for over two hours. Yes, two. This is what happens when some of your best friends live hundreds of miles away.
With plenty of snacks of course
Sunday: I started the day at an amazing event hosted by California Bloggers.
Look at the crazy line to get in:
Huge thanks to my friend Pauline from Sweatpink for hooking me up with the event! I met up with a few other Sweatpink ladies there (Sara and Melissa) , but also had the chance to meet some inspiring female bloggers and entrepreneurs.
Dee Gautham of @squats_and_samosas started the day with her amazing journey from unhappy project manager to entrepreneur living her dream without sacrificing quality of life. She emphasized the importance of vulnerability, which really resonated with me as I try to share both my bad and good days equally.
Danetha Doe of Money & Mimosas talked about financial independence and how to grow your own personal business (or side hustle).
Danetha broke down her talk into the “5 P’s” for entrepreneurs:
1) know your why/purpose
2) people-getting clear on who is in your community..find your tribe
3) pricing-know what your packages are; how are you helping brands? what are your specific talents you can put a price tag on?
4) positioning- even if you have 2k followers, that doesn’t matter…it’s all about communicating to brands & letting brand know you can help them get to their goals
5) pitching yourself-brag about yourself (yes, brag!), you have skills & a unique message to share..be very clear with companies & business owners; provide a one pager vs. deck based on the conversation…and do your research!
Misha Skova of Skova talked about her development as a person and how the changes in her life have changed her brand. Having a family shifted her brand and she discussed the importance of going with that flow, while still maintaining the vision.
And last but not least the amazing lady behind @girlandthebay, Mandy Ansari. Mandy is an instagram goddess and instantly made me feel comfortable–like she was a friend. She provided her top ten tips for Instagram:
1. Know who you are—being authentic self is so important
2. Find your audience-keep to what they (and you) are interested in
3. Teach yourself how to do something—stay intellectually curious and learn about ads, design, Lynda/YouTube skills–the internet provides endless opportunities for learning
4. There’s an app for that!-look for apps that are great for photo editing to up your photo game
5. Be original (duh?)
6. Be professional-always respond to emails, be courteous, and outsource via upwork if necessary
7. Good things take time & patience; it took Mandy 7 years to grow her account
8. Invest in yourself- try Khan academy, General Assembly, skillshare.com…there are so many resources out there and you are worth the time and money
9. Stay honest
10. Tap it back-respond to everyone & share the love
Plus we got tons of adorable goodies in our gift bags thanks to the amazing sponsors!