The second stop on my “Find Your Sparkle Tour” was Calgary. It was an absolute pleasure being back in the comfort of my hometown before taking the workshop to BC. I have to say, the Calgary audience has been hugely influential in my growth and business. They show up and are ready to collaborate, connect and kick start their businesses. I have never seen such a sense of community and entrepreneurialism like it anywhere else! This workshop was especially awesome because it was all women – go ladies go! Nothing compares to a room full of strong women who are ready to join forces in a collaborative atmosphere.
I was especially grateful to have the incredibly talented Jamie Hyatt at the workshop to capture the day so beautifully. She primarily photographs lifestyle and weddings in Calgary and Saskatchewan but is always open to travel. She is extremely professional, creative and intuitive to capturing the essence of the event perfectly. I highly recommend following her on instagram and Facebook too!
One thing I loved about this workshop in particular was the diversity of the women. We had a dancer/model who’s still in high school and wanted to learn more about her brand and image as she enters the world of entertainment. We also had two mother-daughter duos! One pair is working together to open a new women’s gym and nutrition centre, and the other pair had different paths but chose to attend together. We had calligraphers, yoga teachers, designers, bloggers and even a micro greens gal.
I’m especially grateful to the sponsors of this workshop, especially because I have a special connection to all of them. Michael and Emily are quite possibly the most awesome brother-sister duo who attended one of my first Calgary workshops. They were eager to start a cold-pressed juice company together in Olds, Alberta. Well, several months later and they contact me to provide juice for everyone at my workshop! When I offered to support their business and provide the juice, they insisted they offer the juices as a gift. For anyone looking for some delicious cold-pressed juice, elixirs and a customized cleanse, you’ll definitely want to check out High Vibe Juice.
We also had delicious afternoon treats from The Sugar Cube. The founder and Chief of Sweets (I just made that title up), Alyssa, also attended one of my earlier workshops and I was amazed by her business, ethic and lifestyle she was building around her purple candy truck. One of my favourite things about Alyssa is her commitment to her brand. Even before attending my workshop on branding, she was living and breathing her brand by wearing purple, and looking + living the part. And a girl with a candy truck is a girl after my own heart! After all, who doesn’t love candy!?
We also had beautiful hand lettered Find Your Sparkle prints from one of my childhood friends, Erika from Riki Taki Type. She is extremely talented in all that she does and I’m so grateful for her gorgeous prints. They looked nice paired with the beautiful Dote Magazine that were also generously gifted to us. Kristen of Sonder + Stone made beautiful earrings for everyone at the workshop, and it was lovely to have her in attendance to put a face to a name and pick her brain about her business. And lastly, we had some delicious + healthy products from Organic Tan and it was awesome having Mallory at the workshop to speak about them as well.
But, the best part about the whole workshop was obviously meeting and connecting with such an inspiring group of ladies. At most workshops people are quietly sitting at the beginning and once we do the ice breaker activity it seems as though I can’t keep everyone quiet! It really is the best. Calgary is a little different though. For a huge city, it’s still got that ‘small world’ feel, and people tend to chat with each other and recognize one and another.
Here are a few of the portraits snapped by Jamie:
Thanks again to everyone for their continual support in this endeavour. I’m so grateful for all of you and to everyone who helps make this possible, especially my parents. My Mom helps me pack swag bags, tidy up, make sure I have everything and count things to make sure I have enough. She also lets the hurricane that is me sweep through her tidy house and cover it with notebooks, pens, straws and trinkets! And my Dad was, as he likes to call it, my unpaid intern on this tour. He drove me, helped me unpack at the loading dock, zipped to pick up lunch, and was there to help me clean up at the end.
I’m so lucky! Can’t wait to be back in Calgary soon.