At first I was a little hesitant to sign up for Creative at Heart, I had been to plenty of conferences before, would this one be any different? I wasn’t sure… but when I found out they were brining it right to my home city of Denver, how could I pass up an opportunity to give hugs to all of my favorite creative industry peers?! A little bit of FOMO kicked in too.. (fear of missing out for those of you non acronym people!) The night before the conference I staid up way too late trying to get client work done as usual (work-life-balance y’all, I’m working on it) and had to wake up super early the morning of, registration began at 7:30 and I didn’t want to be stuck in downtown morning traffic! My best friend, Cheslea had signed up for C@H too, which might have been the best part of the whole thing. Anyways, day one was a whirlwind but an absolute blast, seeing old East coast friends, meeting new ones, listening to the talented line up and trying to not get a case of serious overwhelm. Okay 2nd best part, the night time treat, photobooth and cupcakes?? Yes please!! The insanely talented Ad Astra Baking Co. made the cupcakes, my favorite was the chocolate chip cookie dough, it was too good to be true.. except it was true!
Day two was HEAVY. I mean it y’all. But The Scobey’s said it best, “Great dreams are heavy and they aren’t meant to be carried by a single pair of hands.” I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional. But my gosh, Abby Grace spoke on the art of saying no, and the power of it! Abby struck a cord within me, I’m a yes girl. Through and through. I need to be better at no. Lastly.. when Katelyn spoke I could barely contain the emotion welling up inside of me, she got a bit off topic speaking personally about her and Michael, how she works.. maybe too much. It hit home. Hard. Every word she said rang true and it shook me to my core. I came home and was a wreck for two days, my husband thought I had lost it ha! I had resolved that I’d create a better work-life-home balance, that I’d show myself grace, give myself working hours, start saying no a bit more, and giving myself the opportunity to dream for my business, something I haven’t done in years if I’m being honest. Am I glad I attended? Absolutely. Was I expecting such an emotional experience or even the epiphany I had? Heck no! I’m working on it friends, I’m working on it.