Last February, I attended a “Women on the Move” full-day seminar organized by Margie Warrell and Arty Coppes. The day opened with an exercise asking us to write down words we wanted to represent us. I chose inspired and inspiring. Then, at the end of the day, we did a visualization meditation. I had recently been laid off and found out that afternoon that I didn’t get a job I was hoping for. As we closed our eyes and looked into the future, I broke down in tears and I am not a crier. These were big, sobbing, out loud tears… in public. I felt lost, confused and sad.
Jump forward nine months to today. Today was one of those days that changes the way you look at life. I attended the Northern Virginia Women’s Business Conference. I didn’t expect to get much more than some networking opportunities, which I got, but I also got something much more valuable…an overwhelming affirmation of my current path.
The day started with a karmic connection. Last night, I was on my way home from the mall, shopping for something to wear today. I remembered that a client had mentioned a boutique in Ashburn Village – Rich Hippy – so I decided to swing in. While browsing, the owner Valerie approached me. I didn’t buy anything but there were lots of cute items, including awesome fitness apparel. Then today, the first person I ran into at the event was Valerie at her vendor booth. We chatted for over ten minutes and discussed the possible synergies between our two businesses.
The rest of the day was full of speakers, panels, breakouts and networking. One of the breakouts I attended was on goal setting by Heidi Kallett, the owner of The Dandelion Patch. She was energetic and enthusiastic. The session got my head spinning with goals and plans and action items. I also realized that I haven’t written out my goals, so in coming days/weeks, I will be putting together my 2011 goals. I may blog about them for accountability.
At lunch, I met a few lovely women. I find at events like this I do a lot of talking, especially when people hear what I do. Women love talking about food, fitness and dieting.
I contemplated leaving early, but am so glad I didn’t. The last speaker, Caroline Adams Miller, was incredible. She spoke about what drives happiness. EVERYTHING she said resonated with me. I will share what I learned over the coming weeks. I even bought her book – Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
But the real reason I say today was life-changing, was because as I spoke to other women about what I do, I felt 100% authentic, confident and real. Networking felt natural. There was no fear and no hesitation. I was putting out energy and it was coming back to me in spades. Today, I felt inspired and inspiring.