The Atelier Part 2

Last week I shared Part 1 of the Atelier conference I attended in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This post is all about what I walked away with, what inspired me and what it has me thinking about for the future for pink & blue.

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The conference consisted of a panel of speakers: women who are entrepreneurs, boss babes, women who said yes at the right time and believed in themselves and what they could achieve. There are a few who stood out for me, and although everyone had something to say that really made me stop and think, a handful of them left an impression on me and their words are in my notebook.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to structure this post, and I think it would be easiest to share my favourite quotes from the conference and what they meant to me.

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.”   – Tori Wesszer
“Movement. Whatever that means to you.”    – Eva Redpath
“The packaging doesn’t implicate your abilities.”  – Ashlee Froese
“Collaboration over co-operation.”   – Nancy Osborne
“Attract your tribe.”    – Lauren McPhillips
“Its great to be aspirational but it’s better to be relatable.”   – Lauren McPhillips
“Don’t be afraid to show your personality.”   – Mackenzie Dempsey
“Document your failures.”   – Mindy Crawford
“Imagine your Instagram feed as your home.”   – Jillian Harris
“Understand the vision of your brand to communicate to someone else.”
– Mackenzie Dempsey
“Be humble.”  – Mindy Crawford
“Keep your end goal in your site.”   – Mindy Crawford
“Comparison is a thief of joy.”   –  Jillian Harris (shared by Mindy Crawford)

You may think some of these things are so simple and why do I find them so inspiring; but that’s just it. Simplicity can be everything. I think my two favourite quotes were:

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.”   – Tori Wesszer &
“Comparison is a thief of joy”.   – Jillian Harris (shared by Mindy Crawford)

Do you find yourself comparing your work, pictures, business and/or blog to others? I do. For what? To rate yourself against someone else? To compare the number of followers you have to someone else? To compare the quality of your photos to someone else? Where does it leave you? Probably leaving low, and unsure of yourself. What’s fun about that?

The world of social media can be vicious. It can change your way of thinking. It can derail you and your vision. It can have you doubting your brand and where you want to be. Do people like my content? Do people like my photos? Do people like my stories? The constant comparison to other influencers can steal the feeling of accomplishment. I am guilty of it too.

Surround yourself with people who will inspire you, who will push you to do better and be better without making you feel like you need to be more like them. I really don’t care for the word “influencer”. I would rather be inspired than influenced. Who’s with me?

I have a lot of plans for pink & blue. I can’t wait to watch it grow organically, however big or small it may be. I don’t do this to be compared to others, I do this because it is something I love and if it is meant to be successful, then it will be. Organically. I started a blog (not this blog) almost seven years ago because I thought it would be fun. Plain and simple. I will not buy followers, I will not promote products or sponsored posts unless I am a believer of the product or brand. Pink & blue is about me and my kids and everything in between.

We are already half-way through 2018 and I cannot wait to see what the second part of the year brings here.

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