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With our move quickly approaching (AHHHHH!!!!!), I’ve been dreaming of all the decor I’d want in our ideal home. Our couch is gray (and I love it), but in my dreams I would totally get a bright bold couch!
For my first woman in the series of boss ladies, I’ve got the lovely Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind. I met her this past Winter at Alt Summit and she was the niiiicest surprise, by which I mean that she was exactly as you would expect if you read her blog but I think I’m still beaming from her warmth. If you appreciate really good writing, impeccable taste, and a genuine kind-hearted smart person sharing their wisdom with you, then get lost on her blog and enjoy.
To me, being boss means so many things, one of which is owning who you are and from my perspective, Erin occupies her space so beautifully. However, she writes a lot about slowing down so I was really curious what her response would be.
Gilit: What makes you boss?
Erin: ” I don’t feel like a boss of anything. Actually, I don’t want to be a boss of anything. I’m climbing down the mountain instead of up, scaling back in search of less instead of more. No more hustle, I say to myself. Enough, enough!”
I told you she’s wise. She writes more about being “unboss” here.
I love what Erin says so much, I asked Cristina Martinez to letter something she said for a free downloadable for you all.
What do you think about Erin’s response?
I am so very fortunate with the women that make up my family and friends (I secretly think we got the best ones, I just love them so much). And I have been so fortunate in the past year to have met so many incredible creative women. Seriously, they blow me away. And I want to share them with you.
I’m also taking to heart something I always tell other people, “if you don’t like doing something, don’t do it”. Obviously that doesn’t count for things that you have to do because you’re a functioning person in society with responsibilities like children and a job, but not for things that are not necessary.
I love talking to people (you!). I loooove hearing their life stories and their thoughts and why they do things and how they got to where the are. But you know what I don’t love? Thinking of questions before and sending them out to someone. Other people do it really well, but it doesn’t work for me. I prefer a conversation, a back and forth, give and take. So instead of doing something I don’t like, I am sending one question to my women of choice “what makes you boss?”
I love the answers so far because they vary so much! Everyone has their own path and that’s lucky because otherwise we’d just be bumping into each other all the time.
I can’t wait to share them with you and please, if you know someone you think should be shared with the world, let me know in the comments!
P.S. I think you’re really boss for reading my blog
This post is long. Real long. With words and pictures and whatnot. So go get a great cup of coffee in one of those big delicious mugs, get cozy, and settle in.
So… I did it. I got to Alt Summit and back in one piece. Despite the universe trying to hold me back. Hear that universe? Can’t stop me! (That’s really not an invitation to try again, it’s just a response to the last attempt)
I’m going to share all of it. Starting with the fact that the check-in lady at Newark wouldn’t let me on my flight (I shake my fist at you!!) and I missed the thing I was looking forward to the most: the sponsor party put together by Bing and the Alison Show. I know I should get over it, but I’m still kind of reeling from that.
*Dear Bing and Alison: if by some miracle you see this post, can you throw another party? And can I come? And maybe get some of those gorgeous Tosha designs while I’m asking for the moon? Thanks, that would be so great!*
There were more delays and planes I wasn’t able to get on because they were full, but I finally got there and the Grand America is GORGEOUS!! Seriously, it is the most beautiful hotel room I have ever been in and definitely bigger than my first apartment. The bathroom was so gorgeous I never wanted to leave. Like I would just be happy sleeping in the bathtub and having my meals on the bathroom counters.
The other fabulous thing about arriving? My roommate. It was one heck of a crappy day and I got lost in the vast gorgeousness of the Grand but finally made it to my room and Tammy Petro. She’s smart, makes killer flower crowns, and laughs at my jokes (Skype soon, yes?)
I started off with breakfast with a bunch of ladies that we had arranged beforehand through the Alt Summer 2014 Facebook page. It was such an enjoyable experience because I really got a chance to talk to the people there and hear about what they are doing.
I stopped in the Bing room (serious WOW put together by Rafael, in first Smilebooth photo), got some headshots taken (I really need to learn how to pose) and took some photobooths photos at Smilebooth.
Then we had a keynote speech by Joy Cho. JOY CHO! You know what else? Everyone knew who she was! I didn’t have to explain my
obsession admiration, everyone around me knew what I know and were just as excited. I loved her speech. I knew her story already but it was still nice to hear and I loved that she used her friends as different examples of inspiration for success. (Um, coolest group of friends ever. Second only to my group of friends, but they can totally join us if they want to.)
1. Wise nugget from Joy Cho’s keynote speech:
The best decisions I’ve ever made have been the scary ones -Jen Gotch
After that we had our first breakout session and after fawning all over Melissa Esplin (I’m really sorry) I made a mad dash for the entrepreneurship class with Susan Peterson of Freshly Picked. You guys, I left that class legit inspired. She makes me feel like I can have huge dreams and ACHIEVE them. She was full of great quotes and real, practical advice. It was gold and I can’t wait to implement it and get started on the rest of my career. Also that woman is beautiful. Not important to her work, but it was nice to look at :)
2. Wise nugget from Susan Peterson’s entrepreneurship class:
Start where you are use what you have do what you can- Susan’s Grandmother
Next was lunch, but I didn’t have much of an appetite because of my cold. At this point I was already really fading but was determined to push through. After lunch was the next breakout class but I sat down for two minutes before I knew I had to get out of there and go lay down or get coffee. Before I did, I caught some goodness from Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim of My Modern Met.
3. Wise nugget from Alice Yoo and Eugen Kim:
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I was briefly distracted by Izzy Hudgins and Audrey King who were so sweet and funny (and insanely talented) and completely understanding when I was off my flippin’ rocker on cold meds. I was so loopy and still spoke to the Silhouette rep Jeane, which was obviously a mistake and I have no idea what I said to her. They probably put me on a list called “CRAZY/DO NOT RESPOND TO”. Their setup was SO good (pink dresser, flamingos, gold foil balloons and amazing photo backdrop- yup)
I got a cup of coffee and lay down on my bed a bit before the next class: Photoshop and Illustrator with the talented graphic designer and blogger Jess of From Rain to Shine. I knew most of what she taught so it was a nice refresher, a sort of confidence boost for me that maybe I know more than I think, and I learned a new trick that I can’t wait to use again!
4. A wise Photoshop nugget from Jessica of From Rain to Shine:
Unlock the background layer, rename it background, and duplicate so you always have an untouched version of your image just in case -Jess Becker
Then we had the food truck party in the park with street art and dancers and I am super proud to say that I lead the troops onto the dance floor (or foldable mat) and the Altees started dancing. I’m not the best dancer, but I felt like it would be such a wasted opportunity if we were just watching dancing instead of dancing with each other. Thanks to Tan, I am now basically a professional.
The next morning I took a photo styling class with Audrey King of French Knot Studios. I’d say my most frustrating struggles in blogging and the Bannerie are styling and taking photos. I learned a couple things in this class that will hopefully help but the one that helped me the most personally was seeing that my photos are so much better when my lighting is better. This is obviously the most important reason for us to get a house- so I can have a room with good natural light.
5. Wise nugget from Audrey King :
Make your photos a fantasy – Audrey King (seriously, see here)
Then I ran to A Practical Wedding‘s Meg Keene and Maddie Eisenhart class on Pitching to Brands. They started their slide show with a picture of Peggy and wore rocking outfits so you knew it was gonna be a good one. They had SO much information and again it was really practical and inspirational. It actually made me feel a little intimidated, but also like I could really do it, which (#truthbomb) is how I generally feel about things.
And can I tell you what I like about Meg? I mean aside from everything. She reminds me of myself. That sounds horrible. What I mean is, if Meg can stand in front of a class at Alt Summit talking about what she does and giving over all of this information and inspiration and she reminds me of myself, I feel like I can get to where she is. And that sounds awesome to me.
6. Wise nugget from Meg Keene (there were really a million and I’m having a hard time choosing):
A post with a brand that’s going to be re-published is gold -Meg Keene
ran politely walked to lunch and to hear the next keynote speech by Martha Stewart. Can I just say that people go CRAZY for Martha Stewart? Like full on hyperventilating stampeding crazy? I capital ‘R’ Respect what she has created and I think all entrepreneurs can learn something from her, but I felt like people trembling when they saw her was a little over the top. That being said, she did share some wisdom nuggets.
7. Wise nugget from Martha Stewart:
You can always wonder if you didn’t do something right and someone else did something better, but there’s still time to do all of that too. -Martha Stewart
After the Martha stampede I went to a “Launching Your Product” breakout with Garret Gee and Emily McDowell. I didn’t know who Garret Gee was before the class but I enjoyed hearing his story and respect how he’s gone about launching the Scan app.
I was already a huge fan of Emily McDowell‘s and told her so when I tripped over her at the National Stationery Show earlier this year. She was totally cool about it. I was not. I’m just repeating myself but it’s so true: the class was informative and inspirational. Alt really hit it out of the park with speakers this year. Possibly every year, but this is the only one I’ve been to (so far).
8. Wise nugget from Garret Gee:
Beautiful people with beautiful minds make the world a better place -Garret Gee
9. Wise Nugget from Emily McDowell:
Don’t let not knowing how to do something stop you from doing it -Emily McDowell
Then there was some relaxing time and then off to the beautiful Garden Party!
The Garden Party decor was FABulous (thank you Tiny Prints!) but here’s the truth: I had almost nothing left at this point. I had no energy, I felt gross and ugly and like my nose was out of control and I ran out of tissues like three times. I didn’t feel like I was inspiring anyone else and that really, really bothered me. I concerned myself way too much with how I looked to other people when really I should’ve done what I usually do, which is wise nugget number 10.
10. Wise nugget from me:
You can’t concern yourself with how others perceive you, it’s a waste of time and energy -Gilit Cooper
Bottom line: Alt Summit is the best most genius thing to have ever been created and I want to go every single time it happens. It wasn’t the easiest experience for me this time, but it was FANTASTIC. I have so much love for so many people that I met and I want to start naming you but I’ll definitely forget someone. You all have something to offer and I am so happy I met you and am humbled by your talents. See you next time?
Stay tuned for a business card recap and why I’m glad I spent so long on mine! Have you gone on a conference like this? What did you think?
I remember the first time I made a Mother’s Day get together. It was the first one after Tuvia and I were married and we were in a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan (which I totally miss- it was study in using vertical space and I have no photos). It wasn’t the first party I threw and it wasn’t very big, but I loved the chance to honor some moms in my life.
I’m so excited to get that chance again this year and am happily collaborating with Tiny Prints! Taking my cue from this Tiny Prints invitation I want to have lots of florals!
I love the fresh floral banner Studio DIY made, but mine will be with tissue paper flowers so I can make them ahead of time.
Passion shake put together a bunch of small vases with just a few buds and it looks so pretty. It’s a great way to make an impact for less money.
This giant paper flower tutorial from Design Sponge is amaaaazing. I may have had a blissful moment of insanity when I considered making our apartment into a ginormous paper flower garden…
I adore this berry basket bouquet from A Pretty Cool Life to put all the Mother’s Day flowers in. Another really easy centerpiece that’s so pretty and not expensive.
I ordered a bunch of flowers from Flower Muse for all the mamas (and mamas to be) to take home after the brunch and in the meantime that means more flowers! Hey, anyone remember the time I told Tuvia I don’t like flowers in the beginning of our relationship? I have no idea why I said that or if I really did or if it was a miscommunication, but luckily he ignored me. Good times.
What are your Mother’s Day plans? Do you hang with family, friends or both? Also, I’m so curious, what would be your ultimate Mother’s Day gift??
Yarn Pom-Pom Flowers from Paint Me Pink, Wood Vase from My Flower Meadow, Tissue Paper Flower Hanging Garland from Love Lou Collective
There are a few more pretty things and shops on the actual Etsy treasury, go check it out for some amazing shops.
Do you have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?
**I could not post this week without acknowledging all of you. I mean…WOW. Thank you so much for all of the support for my new Etsy shop. It’s a scary thing to do, to put yourself out there like that and your kind words (and emoticons) mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you!**
Have a Great Weekend!