create & cultivate: houston
I can't believe it's almost Halloween you guys...time has FLOWN by! I recently got back from the Create & Cultivate conference in Houston this past weekend, which is a conference for bloggers and creatives. The best part is I went with two blogger friends: Kati who I met in Dallas and Maranda who I actually met through another blogging group called Palm BFF's. Maranda flew all the way from Pittsburgh to stay with us and attend the conference..I was amazed at how open she was to meeting (Kati and I) for the first time and being so open to new friendships and experiences. It's so important to go out of your comfort zone and try new things, I've met so many great people through my blogging journey and experiences I've never dreamed of. I'm also SO grateful to be a part of a group of such creative and supportive ladies in #palmbffs!
Speaking of supporting other women, the Create & Cultivate style summit conference was full of inspiring and successful bloggers who kick butt in the fashion blogger industry. The best part of this conference was that the founder Jaclyn Johnson asked for donations (instead of paying for tickets) to give back to Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. What a great cause! The conference consisted of four sessions of panels covering social media, fashion, style, inspirations and being supportive of other women.
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The first round had a range of popular Houston bloggers that included, Amy Jackson, Jessi Afshin, Emily Herren and Dede Raad. They discussed what inspired them and where their sense of style came from. They gave some great tips on Instagram such as, make sure you attend events near you, to get your name out there and network. Also, make sure you're posting consistent quality content to establish a trusting relationship with your followers.
The second round had other bloggers ranging in style from Ashley Rose, Candace Hampton, Michelle Madsen and Ashley Robertson. They talked about the importance of social media and Instagram's not so popular, constantly changing algorithm. The main point I took from this was, as a blogger your website is truly the only thing you own - Instagram can be taken away from you at any point. Make sure your website is up to par and and don't solely depend on your social media platforms.
The third round had my oh-so-favorite Dallas blogger and past Bravo reality star Courtney Kerr, as well as Paoloa Mathe and Caroline Harper Knapp. They went over each of their brands and how to succeed as a blogger. They all agreed that some people will love you for you and some people won't..so stay true to yourself and don't change for anyone. Courtney Kerr has such a bubbly, outgoing personality that I could literally listen to her talk all day. I loved listening to how she got her start and how she's kept her successful brand alive.
The final (and most important round!!) was my favorite childhood star of One Tree Hill, Sophia Bush! She was truly amazing...not only is she smart, beautiful and confident but she supports & empowers other women and fights for what she believes in! She's such an inspiring and selfless woman who at the end of her session, asked us to take one thing away from this conference, which was to support and be kind to other woman, to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Be sure to give one other woman a compliment each day, who doesn't love a compliment?! That's something I can definitely stand behind!
I highly recommend attending a Create & Cultivate conference near you, it was definitely worth it and like I said earlier it's SO important to get out of your comfort zone, push yourself to try new things, meet new people and challenge yourself!