I love it when the world acts intuitively. It’s like when my iPod plays the perfect song on shuffle, a pick-me-up of a song that I didn’t even realize I wanted to hear, but needed. Or when a stranger gives a completely unexpected compliment just as I’m feeling the day couldn’t get any worse. Yesterday this moment came in the form of a networking event at a local coffee shop. Call it what you will — karma, faith, luck — just know it’s good.
It was about a week or so ago when I was looking at a local calendar of events (trying to line up some shows!) that I happened across the iGrind Naturally Coffee Chat planned for Saturday morning at New World Coffee House. I don’t normally go to meetups and, most certainly, not alone. However, my new year’s resolution #4 got into my head and said “GO!”
Though the event was geared toward upcoming entrepreneurs, bloggers, vloggers, + anyone desiring to grow their brand, the group’s audience is largely made up of women in the natural hair care field, along with fashion + makeup stylists. “That’s kind of up my alley,” I thought — I mean, jewelry is fashion and I’m working on hair accessories too. I’ll admit, though, that after looking into it a bit more, I realized that “natural hair care” goes beyond the organic products I use. The shy part of me invoked doubt of whether I should attend, or if I would even fit in, but I kept getting a resounding “GO!” from the stick-to-my-resolutions part of me. And so I did + I am so glad!
After the day + night I had Friday (making some lemonade), this group was exactly on point. Adeea Rogers, “The Trendy Socialite” (pictured above), hosted the meetup along with special guest Ashley Ellis, “Miss Fab Ellis.” They were awesome, as was the group — the room was abound with confidence, wisdom, + fabulous hairstyles.
It was encouraging to hear almost everyone share that they too have real jobs, but strive to build something more, something better, for themselves in between spending time with family and paying the bills. Everyone was eager to learn + many had inspiring words to contribute to the topics we discussed: balance, planning, blogging, + more. The event was slotted for two hours, but it went so well, that no one left for three. We swapped cards + stories + support.
I, honestly, left feeling exhilarated — I stepped outside of my box and it was great. I came home with inspiration, tips for my brand + blog, and the feeling that good things most definitely come to those that hustle.
Thank you so much to Adeea and Ashley for getting this group together — it was really great to connect with everyone!