There's been a couple of days to decompress and reflect on Breathe Now – an amazing weekend filled with learning, laughter and friendship!
When the four of us sat down a year ago and talked about putting on this kind of event, we could only have dreamed that it would be as fantastic as the last weekend turned out!
From the beginning, Breathe Now was really about a feeling — of connectness, of inner reflection, of a sisterhood of women, and of awakening our inner awesomeness — all things that are really hard to describe in concrete business terms — yet all things that we felt were hugely important for us as women to experience and share.
I would like to give a HUGE thanks to all of you who understood that feeling and felt it was important enough to spend your weekend with us! I would also like to say a HUGE thanks to our incredible sponsors, who also understood that feeling and took a chance to come on this journey with all of us! When women get together in a room, powerful things will happen!!!
I'm still processing the inspiring messages of our two keynote speakers! We were all a little starstruck to meet both Rona Maynard and Bif Naked, and both of these incredible women were so generous with their time, and spirit — taking time to make one on one connections with each of us, and Breathe Now attendees.
As Rona reminded us all, taking care of ourselves and replenishing our inner wellspring is not selfish, it is necessary if we are going to be the best woman we can be! And as Bif Naked so eloquently put it, "its ok … THAT is the power that we as women have to share". Our gift is the fact that we are hardwired to be compassionate! Both talked about the importance of sifting through the day to day pressures, and bringing clarity to what the real prioritiies are! I found it compelling that Bif felt it was not her battle with cancer that brought this epiphany, but rather her recent heart surgery to repair the hole in her heart. As an aside, I also found it striking that both our keynote speakers talked about embracing the fantasticness that is 40 –something that gives me pause as I sometimes struggle feeling comfortable in my skin on my own journey through my 40s.
Thanks to those of you who have shared your immediate impressions of the weekend already! It has been humbling and heartwarming to hear that Breathe Now was a meaningful experience for you! In the words of one of our speakers this weekend …
"Thank you … for creating something that we didn't even know was missing until you started creating it. thank you for having THAT dream."
Rita Chand (Breathe Now speaker)
photo credit: Derek Ford Photography