It’s been about a week since our Boss Babes Brunch at Kit & Ace featuring Julie Rais Ellis, owner and designer of Rais Case. For me, that’s been a week of inspiration, motivation, and decompression. There’s nothing quite like a room filled with badass women to get you jazzed about life, opportunity, and where your dreams might be able to take you. I know that some of you weren’t able to snag a ticket, but that doesn’t mean we want you to miss out on some of the knowledge that our Boss Babe keynote speakers share.
Here are four huge takeaways that Julie shared with us.
1. BE VULNERABLE.
Although Julie gave us a lot of inspirational material to take away, and I’m sure that every woman in the audience connected differently to her lecture, one of the things that impacted me the most was her vulnerability and authenticity. Her tone was not only funny, engaging, and personable, but she kept it real—really real. And I LOVED that.
Creating genuine connections with others means that you have to be yourself, you have to admit what you’re afraid of, and you have to be confident in your identity. I’m pretty sure she’s got this shit down. Julie wasn’t afraid to talk numbers, to tell us the challenges she faced, or even admit that she doesn’t do a lot of public speaking, so she was a little nervous. The authenticity she brought to the table helped to create a safe space for all the Boss Babes in the room. By breaking through those taboo topics, we were able to ask questions and get answers that most people are too afraid to talk about.
2. BE CLEAR WITH WHAT YOU WANT, AND SAY IT OUT LOUD!
It can be really hard to define what exactly you’re looking for, but once you figure it out, yell it from the rooftops. Julie not only preached this, but practiced it as well. She told us some goals she has for Rais Case—which we’re sure she can meet, and I even heard some other Boss Babes talking about their goals after the open forum.
3. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES.
No matter how many people you ask, you’re the only one who knows if you have what it takes. Time to trust yourself and put on your big girl panties. Looking internally, and being honest with yourself is scary, sometimes that means that you’re not ready to take the next step, but other times it means you’ve got to dive in head first. You’re the only one who knows what you’re capable of. Having the confidence to listen to your head and your heart is scary, but it’s pretty much always worth it.
4. DON’T BE IN A HURRY.
Big things don’t happen over night. It’s not like you wake up one day and BOOM your business is thriving, you’re a trillionaire, etc. It takes a lot of time, and hard work, and hours of dedication. You have to ask yourself how much you want it, and how long you’re willing to work to make it happen. It can be hard to have the willpower and courage to keep on going, when the road gets bumpy. So ask yourself, do you have the courage? Are you passionate enough about your dreams to make them become a reality? Are you willing to wait it out? Enjoy the process; take a moment to appreciate where you are, where you’ve come from, and where you’re going. Don’t be in a hurry.
This is just a snippet of what Julie shared with us. Her humor, honestly, and general vibe has kept me inspired all week. Conversations like this are powerful because they remind us how much we have in common. They give us the space to talk about our fears, and our struggles, but also, and equally important, they give us the opportunity to acknowledge our growth and achievements. They give us a space to create more community, and less competition.
A special thanks to our host Kit + Ace in the Carlsbad Forum and our sponsors Revolution Roasters, Nostrum, Hair Lounge on Cedros, Sea and Wander, Anna Grannon Massage, Cala Design Group, and Bounce USA.
Bomb ass photo work by the ever so talented, Emily Rehm of Inspired By Em.
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