Any other Rachel Hollis fans out there?
Last May I signed up for a business weekend called RISE Business Event with Rachel Hollis all the way in South Carolina (remember I’m from Vancouver Canada). November rolled around and so did the conference, and I was resisting going. Off I went on a 13 hour flight (I could have gotten to Europe) but I plunked down in North Charleston.
The great thing was it was warm. I entered the arena the next day with about 6,000 other entrepreneurs and what a rush it was. Now, I never really followed Rachel Hollis but the speaker line up was undeniably amazing. Then this amazing force of creative entrepreneurial nature hit the stage and I was a hard core fan girl.
A few things hit me hard over the next 3 days. Rachel Hollis kept pounding into us how amazing being an entrepreneur is but also it’s HARD WORK and consistency pays off. You can’t wish for it, or scroll for it, or hope it happens, you have to work for it.
This kept throwing me back to thinking about my sobriety, it’s HARD WORK. I failed a ton, but I kept going, I got back at it. Even on days when I thought it didn’t matter to anyone. I created new ways to have fun in my life even when I still thought fun was drinking. I stopped wishing for it and started showing up in my new life. I stopped scrolling for it, I started doing it.
Rachel’s Husband Dave ( who was the host) announced he had stopped drinking and was 8 months sober, now that took the courage of a lifetime, to me my utmost respect went out to him to announce he had stopped drinking to a room full of 6,0000 strangers. I think I fell a little in love with him. Both of them also addressed and asked the audience if anyone had coped in unhealthy ways with alcohol or drugs. So many people raised their hands, it reinforced to me once again we are not alone.
Rachel addressed how when you make healthy changes to your life or changes in general and that not everyone is going to understand or for that matter even support it, but honestly it’s no ones business. And once again that hit home, I’ve encountered this not only when I decided to get healthy, but when I quit drinking and also being an entrepreneur.
I also started talking to people randomly (this was a networking event) I truly believe like minded people find each other and I found so many others who had stopped drinking or didn’t drink. The networking event got a lot easier when I opened up and allowed myself to be vulnerable and let others in.
The Rise Business Event was educational & inspiring, as an entrepreneur but what I really took home were two things:
- We are not alone, no matter what we are struggling with.
- Hard Work, not hoping for something is the key. In this day and age too many hoping/thinking/dreaming/wishing instead of going after how we want our lives to look like, without making the changes, and putting in the effort DAILY = CONSISTENCY.
If you are an entrepreneur I highly suggest attending this event. Rise Business Event 2020 it will be held in Austin Texas next year, thank goodness. I will be attending again, not only do I want to see where I have grown in business but as a person.
A huge shout out to Rachel and Dave Hollis for really teaching, showing & connecting
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