You might be reading this and you’re asking yourself, “What in the world is Create & Cultivate?” So let me explain.
What is Create & Cultivate?
Create & Cultivate is a conference held across different cities every couple of months that is for creatives. I attended the one in Atlanta this past weekend. There were a lot of bloggers there, but there were also business owners, PR companies, social media coordinators, agencies, and brands. Basically, this conference is for anyone who wants to create something (or has created something) and then wants to cultivate that creation. For me, I have created this blog and a community on Instagram and I wanted to learn and be inspired from other women in this field on the best way to continue to grow.
What I Learned:
You have to hustle
Many of the speakers who have successful businesses/blogs work 60-80 hours a week. Some of them had other jobs at one point and some of them to this day are full-time bloggers and still put in a ton of hours. If you are passionate about your dream, you will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Comparison is the thief of joy
I knew this already, of course, but it was definitely a theme throughout the day and it was nice to be reminded. I think everyone (especially women) struggle with comparison and it is simply hard to not be jealous of someone else at some point. Instagram depicts a perfect life and that everything is beautiful and under control all the time. The speakers let us know that even if they have hundreds of thousands (or millions) of followers, they still have their bad days and things are not always as perfect as they seem in photos.
Network and then network some more
This is somewhat difficult for my introverted self, but it is very important! They teach you about the importance of networking when you’re about to graduate college and look for a job and the same thing goes for unique industries, like blogging & social media jobs. Even though these jobs are primarily online, personal connections will get you far. Nothing beats a face to face interaction. Many of the entrepreneurs said that contacts they made in the beginning of their business are contacts they still keep in touch with today and they wouldn’t be where they are if it weren’t for them.
You do you
This theme really had the most impact on me. The entrepreneurs that were there were all SO unique and different, yet they all are very successful at what they do. They did not worry about catering to their audience in the beginning, they just did what they loved and went full steam ahead, 100%. Along the way, they gained loyal readers/followers/fans because they had a “you do you” mentality and were very authentic. If you’re different, that’s okay. Better to stand out and be the best version of yourself than try to be someone else. You cannot be a better version of someone else if they are already doing what they do very well. It just doesn’t work like that.
What to Bring:
A large (cute) bag
I was going to carry a small crossbody that I love, but ended up going with this large tote and it served me well. I knew I would be toting around a lot of stuff and I would rather have it in my bag and have my hands free than have my hands full all day and not be able to grab a drink or shake a hand.
Some might say business cards are outdated, but everyone had them at the conference. When you’re meeting so many people in such a short period of time, you’re not going to remember everyone’s name, let alone their contact information. Network as much as possible and exchange as many business cards as possible and then follow-up after the conference is over.
Back-up phone battery
They had a charging station there, which was awesome, but then you were stuck standing there and guarding your phone for awhile. This prevented some people from shopping around at the awesome pop-up shops. Thankfully I had a battery (I had to re-charge my phone twice!) and it had enough power that I could share it with my friends, too.
cute charging station
Would I recommend this conference to a friend?
Yes!! It was a great weekend packed with a lot of content. 13 hours in one day to be exact. Whew. That’s about the same length as a shift at the hospital! My brain was on overload by the end of it, but it was worth it.
I did not learn the big secret to success or tricks for instant success….there are none! But I was very inspired to continue on this blogging journey, which is what I was hoping to get out of it. Since I am at the hospital 40+ hours a week, it was nice to be around other bloggers for a change.
Frambridge‘s gallery wall. I was in love with it!
Erin Condren‘s colorful floor
There was prettiness everywhere you turned. An Instagrammer’s dream come true 😉
Meeting Courtney Kerr. She was just as hilarious in real life!
Meeting Rachel Martino. She was super sweet!!
Courtney telling us the secret to life 😉
Getting more inspiration from Courtney
Have you ever attended Create & Cultivate or another conference? Let me know!