Oh my goodness, where do I even begin with this post. I adore creative conferences. I place a high value on continuously learning and growing, and creative conferences have been my favorite way to do so in my industry. I always try to prepare myself for the conferences, keeping an open mind and heart, knowing that I will be impacted in some way or another by the speakers and attendees.
To say that I was impacted by the Creative at Heart Conference is an understatement. I feel as though my eyes and heart were opened more than ever, and that I was really pushed to dig deeper into my core than I have before. The speakers at C@H not only posed thought-provoking questions and provided invaluable business information, but they also all shared their heart, their drive, and their visions of their businesses. It really made me pause and think about how I could be putting more of my heart, my drive, my vision, and my core into SJM, and boy do I have a lot to still think about!
It's hard to wrap up my biggest takeaways from C@H without writing a novel, but I'm going to try!
community over competition
If there is one thing that I can share with each and every creative, it is the importance of community over competition! As creatives, it is so, so darn important that we support and encourage each other instead of tearing each other down. There is plenty of room for all of us in this business and in this world y'all! Building a community of creative friends will only strengthen our creativity and light even more fuel into our passions, and it will surely make the world a more beautiful place.
always be true to yourself
Customers, clients, and other vendors love your brand because it is a direct reflection of YOU! Every ounce of what you do in your business should come from your most authentic self. Every post you share on social media, every portion of your client experience, every product you create or service you offer should be a reflection of you and your core.
just because you can, doesn't mean you should
This was something that I shared during my presentation, and something that I still need to remind myself of on a daily basis. Just because you can create something, plan something, photograph something, etc. does not mean that you should! In order to be successful in business, you need to narrow your focus and your offerings and really strive to find your niche in the creative industry.
own it, boss lady!
Let me make one thing abundantly clear: a job in the creative industry is a REAL JOB. Most of us work longer hours than our friends who work a 9-5 job. We aren't just twiddling our thumbs and searching Pinterest all day. Own what you do, and love telling others! Be proud of everything that you have accomplished, and be so excited for what the future has to hold! Always strive to reach your biggest dreams, but remember to set attainable goals to reach those dreams so that they become more than an idea in a notepad. You can do this.
Did something that I mentioned above resonate with you? If so, do yourself a favor and register for the upcoming Creative at Heart, which will be held in Charleston from November 15-16!
Another fun perk of attending creative? You get suuuper cute headshots like the new ones I had taken by the oh so talented Hope Taylor Photography! So, will I see you at the next Creative? I really hope so!!