Creative at Heart

I really don’t know where to begin with this post, but I can tell you that I just had one of the most memorable, life changing weekends of my life. Back in the summer, I remember sitting down with Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events over lunch sharing some of the struggles I was having. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this little freelance business I’ve built. I adore my brides and branding clients, but I was struggling really bad to find a balance. I was exhausted from being on the computer 24/7. Guilt was weighing on my heart for neglecting my friends, family, and my husband. I was frustrated with my lack of growth, but was already underwater trying to juggle a full-time job and didn’t know how to make the most of what little free time I had. With an open heart, Kat shared some fantastic advice with me that day and a few short months later she announced she was partnering with Taylor and putting on Creative at Heart. I think I called my husband literally the second I heard the news and signed up a few days later, it was exactly what I needed.

I had no idea what to expect going into Creative at Heart, but with an all-star line up of speakers including Katelyn, Bonnie, Natalie, Laura, Abby, and Lauren (just to name a few) I knew it was going to be amazing. My expectations were high, but friends…..they were blown out of the water. I’ve been to tons of conferences in the past and NONE of them touched what I experienced here. Kat and Taylor planned this absolutely perfectly from the overall message everyone walked away with to the little tube of “fairy dust” the attendees were given on the last day. I can honestly say that I’ve never been surrounded by so many like-minded, creative women in my life and I loved every second of it. Typically at conferences I keep to myself, but at Creative at Heart I felt…..at home. It may sound funny, but no matter who I turned around to talk to, we had something in common and that was amazing. It was such a great feeling to walk up to people I’ve never met in my life, introduce myself (which is so out of character for me, but felt awesome!), and receive such a warm and genuine response. There were even a handful of people that remembered me from our wedding, how sweet!

Each person I hugged and chatted with made some sort of impression on me. From our first dinner together (table for 30, please!) to gathering in my hotel room with 15 other new friends drinking red wine out of plastic cups, each moment was better than the next. The speakers each day were absolutely incredible, but I walked away with SO much more. Creative at Heart isn’t just 85 photographers, designers, florists, calligraphers, event planners, and other creatives brought together for a few days….it’s the beginning of a revolution folks, one that will change the wedding industry forever. If I learned anything this weekend, it’s to grab the hand of people in this industry and walk together instead of racing for the finish line alone. It’s to live a life full of intention and purpose. It’s to choose joy everyday. It’s to spend less time comparing yourself to your competition and instead, encouraging and supporting them. It’s learning to balance your time so you can do the things you love, but not miss out on making memories.

I’ll follow up with another post to dig into my conference takeaways, but for now I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you Kat and Taylor for following your hearts and chasing this big dream. Thank you to all my new friends that laughed, cried, and shared their stories with me. Thank you to the amazing panelists for sharing your knowledge and even taking the time to talk to me one-one-one. Thank you everyone….my heart is so full and I feel so inspired. I love you all and can’t wait for what’s to come.

“A creative at heart believes in always showing compassion over competition, in building purposeful community right where you are, that sweet starts lead to joy-fillled journeys, in inspiring the hearts of like-minded women, that we are cherished, loved and worth it.”

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8 Comments on “Creative at Heart

  1.  by  katelyn james

    Why don’t we live closer to each other?!!!! I always ALWAYS love seeing you girl! You’re such a breath of fresh air and I’m so glad you were a part of this!!!!!!

  2.  by  Michelle Schmidt

    Love this post! You captured the conference perfectly. I’m so happy I got to meet you and can’t wait to see you do BIG things! ❤️
    P.S. I’m the one who had the matching j.crew vest haha.

  3.  by  Abby Grace

    I’m SO glad to have had the chance to meet you, Jess! You have such a fun spirit and having the opportunity to spend time with y’all on Sunday night is something I’ll always remember. You have so much talent, and so much HEART! I can’t wait to see how your business grows as a result of the conference!

  4.  by  Lacoya H.

    Loved meeting you! And yes….to everything in your post. I am so excited to watch you and everyone else in that room grow. I walked away with the heart and purpose to do everything in my power to lift you all up, to pray for you all, to cheer you on, to comment on your blog post with sincerity and love, and to grab your hand and walk together. Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for Jess Creates! XO

  5.  by  Emily Eppard

    Oh my gosh Jess! This is AMAZING!!! I loved every single word!!! I especially loved when you mentioned we need to stop comparing ourselves but support and encourage others! You are the BEST!!! ❤️I cannot wait to see what amazing things this year brings for you!!!

  6.  by  Brooke Driver

    Yay! I loved meeting you girl for pre-dinner wine! You are so sweet and this post is so true to how amazing that conference was! Hugs!

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