I N S P I R A T I O N !!
How can one not be inspired by women who are living the life of their dreams?
I am in major need of inspiration and that fire-under-my-ass. This was the perfect remedy.
I have set aside my dreams of a career due to fear - fear of not only failure but of success.
But the major reason I have not gone after my passions is because by now, I thought I would be married with kids and therefore didn't have to worry about it.
I have had to painfully (!) let go of that dream and realize that I need to create a new dream for myself.
Just because one dream didn't work out doesn't mean I can't dream a new dream.
The Dream it! Launch it! Live it! Global Conference for Women Entrepreneurs took place on November 8 and 9 at a beautiful loft space in SoHo, 82 Mercer.
At breakfast, I met a wonderful woman, Joan from Cleveland. We became partners in crime during the two-day event. We also vowed to be each other's accountability partners, keeping each other in check as we move along on the path toward living the life of our dreams.
Day One started out with a video titled the "Girl Effect."
If you educate a girl, you can save the world!
The founder of Ladies who Launch (LWL), Victoria Colligan shared with us that women own 40% of businesses in the US but this only represents less than 4% of total revenue.
The first speaker of the day was Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter, Inc.
Interviewed by Stella Grizont of the NYC/NJ LWL, Lisa, pictured on the right was open and honest about her life and how she turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar business. She also told us to "applaud the good days and forgive others."
Next up was Lolly Daskal. I have to be honest with you. I had never heard of Lolly. She was named by Huffington Post as one of the top bloggers to read and I was completely moved by her story. Touching. Smart. Captivating.
One problem though. The event organizers did not give her nearly enough time to speak. I could have listened to her forever. I approached her during a break and shared with her that I felt like a "fraud" because I was at an event for entrepreneurs but yet hadn't a clear path to become one of them.
She grabbed my hands, pulled me over to some chairs and sat down with me to chat. I felt so moved by this gesture that I have vowed to never again call myself a "fraud." Major hearts and hugs to you Lolly!
Lisa Oz, was next.Lisa, seen here on the right is stunningly beautiful! She is the one who got her hubby on TV. Behind every man is a great woman and Lisa is that woman!
One of the many things that stood out to me during her chat with Victoria Colligan, was weakening a negative belief's power by seeing where it is not true; cite examples of the opposite. I will definitely use this the next time I think I am a "fraud."
Joan Lunden was funny, smart and a tireless business woman and mom of seven. She faced her fear of public speaking and after leaving television, has started several businesses. She advised us to say yes to everything. That opportunities are rarely labeled and courage is a muscle strengthened by use.
Interspersed with these various speakers were mini workshops aimed at assisting us with living our dreams.
Check back soon for my review of Day Two
the kind that gets you from one moment to the next."
- Mignon McLaughlin