It’s the weekend again already! Any of you Instagram followers will have seen that I had an exciting trip to London this time last week, so it seemed natural to write a post on what I was doing and what I learned for any of you who are wondering, or just plain nosey!
So it all started with a 4:30am start on Saturday morning (the struggle was real), but the main event I had been anticipating kicked off at around 9:30 on Sunday morning. It’s not often a time that people want to be up and at ‘em on the day of rest, but where I was going was worth it! After going to the first event in November, I was returning to the very shmancy Hoxton Hotel in Holborn (say it fast five times), to the second instalment of the Career Girl Academy, hosted by Career Girl Daily.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Career Girl Daily is THE blog for fashion and lifestyle, and career (obvs), primarily for young women (obvs). They have been firing out so much great content in the last couple of years that they are an award-winning online magazine, with just a modest global following of 1.5m people (!!!). So for me it was a no brainer, I HAD to go, and after feeling so inspired after the first Career Girl Academy, I didn’t want to miss out.
Like the first event, myself and the 60 (ish) other aspiring career girls there were given motivational talks from successful businesswomen. They spoke about how to cope with stress, how to set up a business, how to get your name out there, and how they got to where they are today, among other career and business tips.
First up was Kelly Mars from PURE, a PR company for beauty and skincare products. She was lovely, extremely passionate, and the biggest thing I need to take away from her talk was to stop overthinking and just do it. Next, Hollie Grant – the Pilates PT and creator of “the model method”. She spoke to us in such an honest, “same-level” way that I felt like she could be my friend. She talked about how to work smarter, not harder, based on her own experience of feeling low and overworked, taking care of herself more through Pilates, and then turning that hobby into her unique business.
Best friends Rosie and Alice created their high-end supplement company, Equi London, when Rosie was trying to keep up a stressful lifestyle in the London banking industry, and Alice was a top nutritionist able to advise and source the ingredients to cope with such a hectic lifestyle. They shared with us ways to cope with stress in terms of nutrition and lifestyle. Fun fact: eat protein with every meal, and have regular digital detoxes (but read my blog first plz!).
Sally-Ann Stevens gave us the nitty gritty on how to actually set up and run a business, and what she’s learned from creating her own global PR company. Her biggest pieces of advice? Educate yourself in everything – even the boring stuff like law and finances, and have a no fail approach – find your way through the problem no matter what. She introduced us to Chloe Watts, who gave a really inspiring talk on how she innovated her passion of coding into her web design company, ChloeDigital. She lives by the mottos of “fake it till you make it” and “your network is your net worth”. She explained how straightforward it can be to set up your business, and encouraged us to create more than we consume, which really go me thinking about how much time I mindlessly scroll through Instagram and watch TV.
Last but not least, two of the women behind Career Girl Daily gave us the career girl survival master class. Through sharing their own experiences of running their blog, Beth and Ellen told us not to stick to the safe opportunities, to find your strengths, and to remember to take care of your most important asset – you!
It was easy to feel a million miles away from where these women are in their career compared to where I am in mine, but their down to earth personalities, and their genuine passion for what they do made success seem possible. It was hard to believe how relatable they were despite all their achievements they’ve had in their businesses, and it was so encouraging to hear that these women had actually started off in a similar mentality to all of us in the room. You could feel the infectious warmth of inspiration and togetherness in the room, and these women had an incredible way of making us feel we could do actually create our own successful businesses.
Business and blogging can be very technical, faceless industries, so make the most of any chance you have to meet these amazing people in person and get ready to feel inspired!
As always, thank you to anyone who reads this, please let me know what you think!
Have a great weekend!