Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Girl Talk LA’s first signature charity event Connect+Inspire in the gorgeous Manhattan Beach. It was one of the most inspiring and motivational events I have ever been to and the women that I met are people whom I have looked up to for a very long time so to say that meeting them in person was surreal would be an understatement.
Girl Talk LA’s event was focused around women supporting women and having the courage to pursue your dreams and live without fear. All of the proceeds went to the fabulous Kind Campaign which is “An internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”
Women Supporting Women Is What It’s All About
This fabulous event was held at the beautiful Shade Hotel and featured everything from a braid bar where I got a pretty legit Fishtail braid that I could never replicate for myself, to pop up shops, to bottomless mimosas (I eventually found the bottom in case you were concerned). However my favorite part of the event was meeting one my biggest role models Jordan Younger or you might know her as The Balance Blonde who really inspired me to share my story about my eating disorder and the path to recovery and balance.
She was honestly one of the most kind people I have ever met and just gave me some wonderful words of advice about dealing with negativity surrounding the launch of my blog. I honestly can’t say enough kind things about this wonderful human being, honestly if you need a place to read some words of positivity and inspiration go and check out her blog because it is amazing!
Ok so after I fan girled to the max and probably embarrassed myself with the degree to which I love Jordan and her blog, I took my seat (drink in hand) on the beautiful patio area of the Shade Hotel where I met some other lovely girls and realized what a small world it is when I met a lovely young integrative nutritionist Alison who totally gave me confidence in pursuing my degree at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she also got an amazing shout out on one of my favorite podcast’s Straight Up with Stassi this week but you’ll have to check out the brilliance that is that podcast on your own time!
One of my favorite experiences however was having a total “I know I’ve seen you before and I recognize you but I don’t want to make an ass of myself and be wrong” type of moments with the fabulous TV Host and Youtuber extraordinaire Jessica Carroll whose youtube video about the waist trainer I basically stalked the crap out of for my post on waist trainers and why they are total bullshit.
So meeting her in person was the coolest experience and she is truly an amazingly talented young woman who is also a really kind human being as well. Positive people are the best aren’t they?! Look out for a collaboration between the two of us coming soon!!
After all of this excitement the main speakers came out, and I have to say I was not a huge WWE Total Diva’s Fan because I had never seen it before but I binge watched the shit out that series after hearing the incredibly inspiring Nikki and Brie Bella talk about how they got to where they are now which is dominating the female wrestling field! People were so cruel to them when they initially started their journey to becoming female wrestlers and they talked extensively about how they used all of that negativity to fuel their dreams even more. They talked about how they dealt with bullying growing up and also the passive aggressive bullying that comes from other women as you get older. My favorite takeaway from the entire event was this quote that the Girl Talk LA Instagram featured last week because it is SO SO TRUE!
A huge thank you to the wonderful woman who put this entire event together and is the Founder/Creator of Girl Talk LA Sarah Pendrick, because she helped to bring together like-minded ladies for an amazing event centered about women supporting women. She emphasized how crucial it is support one another and how we need to all come together to prevent bullying and spread awareness so that women can feel empowered by others instead of discouraged or judged. She created this event in the hope that it could start a movement in which women were more compassionate and less judgemental of one another because one woman’s success is not another woman’s failure. The sooner we can all realize this the sooner we can create a positive world in which women empower and lift up one another instead of tearing them down.
I feel so blessed that I was able to attend this event and I walked away feeling more confident that I am living my true authentic self and that anybody who does not support my journey and personal choices are just not people I need to have in my life. As one of my favorite shirt phrases that The Balanced Blonde features is “Vibes Don’t Lie”, so surround yourself with good, positive people who lift you up and in turn you lift up as well. Women supporting women is what it’s all about!