What WAS the 2016 Artful Business Conference like? Perhaps I don’t even have to say the words. Of course it was fabulous.
I got to actually MEET and give hugs to Jess Van Den, who I’ve known online for about a gazillion years. Too too beautiful! I got to dance with a room full of 80 or so women and laugh. I got my soul stirred by the hauntingly beautiful voice of Dominique Oyston. I got to play with paper and glue and textas, and draw on the table. I was lucky enough to get an Indian head massage from Shalini. I got fed SO much incredible information and I have written pages and pages and PAGES of notes of things to implement (oh!!!!). Hugs hugs and more hugs with gorgeous people I met IRL at last year’s conference – Tash Corbin, Karen Gunton, Jess May, Katie Wyatt, Jayne Traeger-Bliss and so many more…. and of course ELLE and her team – Meg, Kellie, and Jodi. And even more hugs from new friends I’ve only met online since last year. So many laughs, and tears too – of joy, of resonance, and connection (and not as many tears from overwhelm like there were for me last year, haha!!).
There were some fabulous quotes too.
“Focus on one thing” – Katie
“You’ve got to fill yourself up from the inside out” – Melanie
“You can never live the life you want without disappointing some people” – Felicity
“Focus on the long game” – Tash
“Don’t tolerate. What’s the biggest thing you’re tolerating in your life right now?” – Sylvia
“Tell yourself, ‘It’s a practice’. Give yourself permission to make mistakes” – Tash
“It’s not Artful unless there’s tears” – Jayne
“A keynote speech is an emotional journey.
You need to get your audience to feel why it’s important.” – Dominique
That last one is particularly important for me. Because I’ve got a little announcement to make.
I’M GOING TO BE SPEAKING AT NEXT YEAR’S EVENT.
Hooley freaking dooley. Yes I am.
And I cannot wait. Book your ticket here, and I’ll see you there.
Big love, Julie x