I recently attended a 'not a conference’ event in New Orleans. It was simply badass.
This was not only my first time to NOLA but my first time at an event for work that was also the opposite of the term ‘conference.’
It was a legit a vacation!
I’ve been a follower of the Being Boss Podcast for over a year and a member of their clubhouse. It’s an online community of creative entrepreneurs — a mix of designers, assistants, writers, brick & mortar shop owners, photographers, etc. — who not only have started their own gigs from scratch but work solely for themselves. We have 'met' virtually via group Zoom calls and online chats throughout the last year. The trip to NOLA was organized through the BB company and was about meeting these fab people in person.
A cocktail hour/hours, a brunch on Jackson square -- I very much enjoyed the face-to-face happy greetings those from across the country (and world!). We sat in a on a live podcast recording and also shared business ideas in a well-planned masterclass. Let’s not forget that we actually led a parade through the streets of NOLA at night. All dressed up with our own band and stilt-walkers with led lights -- it was a legit experience I’ll never forget.
My #1 favorite part was that we had a very flexible schedule that allowed time to meet/plan/explore the city with other bosses. I had forgotten how fun it is to be a tourist in a new city!
I had never been to Nola before so I was super excited to be a tourist and get out of the weekly grind of running a business and my mom responsibilities. My key takeaway was the importance of sharing experiences (eating, tarot readings, shopping, biz & life convos) with women who are going through most of the same struggles & successes as I am. It’s a good thing to say or hear “hey - I’ve been through that too in my business/career. Here’s how I made it through…”
Since the trip I have already met up with a couple of these women business owners from NOLA for brunch in Dallas! It was great to follow up on work goals AND each of our tarot readings. I can’t wait to stay in touch to see where they venture next in work and life.
I highly recommend setting goals that will help fund a trip to get out of your city. This is exactly what I did, and the way it filled my cup was worth every minute of hard work.
If you can do it with some people who can help you review your business both out loud and on paper, then go for it.
Is there a business 'vacation' you really want to attend that's been on your mind? Please share in the comments. I may join you!