Creative at Heart
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.”