When I found out that there was a big entrepreneurial women's conference from my mentor Ali Brown in LA I was delighted - that meant I not only got to learn lots of cool business tricks, but that I would get a chance to go to L.A. for business (i.e. it's a writeoff!), and a girls long weekend.
So, after convincing my husband to watch over the baby for 5 days, I bought my plane ticket, reserved my hotels, and made plans to learn, meet other cool business women, and spend some time with friends in LA.
For the first few days I stayed in Beverly Hills. For me, it's the simplest things that bring me complete joy. On this particular day it was being able to wake up early, and walk - in the warm weather!- around this gorgeous neighbourhood. The palm trees swaying in the breeze, the smell of fresh cut grass, the view of the ocean from my hotel room. All intoxicatingly wonderful experiences.
With my friend from highschool, Jenn
After my walk my friend from high school, Jenn, picked me up and we walked all day long in Venice Beach. We had some lunch, strolled in the sand, and then sat by the ocean chit - chatting. After 5 hours walking in the ocean air, I felt like an all new person!
The second day I walked around Beverly Hills some more, and then went to my friend Matt's house for a barbecue. I met Matt in 2003 in Korea when I was teaching English. I actually met him through my ex-boyfriend. We've always gotten along well, but for a few years we haven't seen each other. I thought maybe I lost him in the "boyfriend divorce". But I saw on facebook that he's in LA as a comic illustrator and I thought, what the heck, I'll message him and see if he wants to hang out. And it turns out he did! I helped him like a sister would, we cleaned up his apartment together, and then his friends came over and we hung out, and then after everyone left, we decided to get some sushi, since LA is famous for it.
This was a great idea, the sushi was indeed incredible!
On the third day I went to the conference hotel, and met with some of the ladies. We decided to hire a driver, who took us to Malibu, Santa Monica and for a mini-tour of LA. It was a complete blast getting to connect with these girls, almost all of them that I had never met before, but were so open, inspiring, and ready to have FUN!
The next few days I had my conference, where I go to connect with really cool women business owners doing awesome stuff. I really hit it off with one girl in particular, who is franchising her wedding make-up business in Australia. It's so inspiring to connect with other business women that have families,and regular lives, and on top of it they run hugely successful businesses and make great money (in the hundreds of thousands), working totally on their terms, in a business they love.
That stuff feeds my soul.
After our conference days we would go for dinner, or drinks, and chat about what we learned.
With some girls from the conference
On our last night we rented a limo, who took us to a nearby beach town for dinner. The ladies, chit-chatted, giggled, and just had loads of laughs and fun.
Again, that stuff feeds my soul. We weren't talking catty, or backstabbing, or any other ridiculous bottom-feeding behavior that you see women do to each other. We were all incredibly supportive, sharing ideas on how to make things better, and making sure everyone got something great from the experience.
When I left LA I didn't think it was such an awesome experience. But now that I'm writing this, and I have a chance to re-collect, I can definitely say it was a good one.
Sometimes, all we need is a little distance, to really appreciate what we have!
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