I’m back home from from the BHG Stylemaker event in NYC, and trying to process all the info I took in from the past couple of days. There was so much positive energy from so many talented people, I left feeling energized and inspired. I love it when that happens! Every once in a while, we all need a boost, right? I won’t bore you with all of the details like meeting Brooke Shields (what? OMG), receiving my own copy of Eddie Ross’s new book Modern Mix which I can’t wait to dive into, meeting the awesome new BHG Editor in Chief, Stephen Orr and much more. What I will do is share 5 takeaways from the event that apply to all of us, no matter what our passion is.
5 Takeaways From The BHG Stylemaker Event
Hopefully these takeaways don’t come as a shock to anyone. You are probably aware of them already, but it never hurts to reinforce the positive, so here goes.
- Surround yourself with like minded people. Whatever it is that you are passionate about, seek out others who share that common thread. You will build each other up. I was particularly inspired by Clodagh McKenna, food and lifestyle personality. She spoke on one of the panels, and her passion for food and cooking was infectious. I wish I had that passion for cooking. Believe me, so do my kids!! That’s a whole different post for another day! On the panel she talked about how she surrounds herself with other creatives in her daily life. It is working for her, she is lovely.
- Step out of your comfort zone, and try that thing that scares you. It’s worth it. I’m not suggesting you go on Shark Tank (unless you want to!), but taking those opportunities that unfold before you are golden.
- Be nice. This one should be obvious, but apparently it’s not to a lot of people. Be nice. Kaelin Zawilinski, the digital editorial manager for BHG brought up this excellent point. Especially today, as most of our communication is digital, it’s important to be nice. It may be easier to be negative when you are not face to face, but the outcome is usually never a positive one. Think before your type, type, type.
- Be yourself. There was a lot of talk about “What’s your personal style?” And the recurring answer was to be unique, and be yourself. Others who are drawn to similar things will appreciate your honesty and follow along.
- Be consistent. Stay true to yourself, and don’t stray from your passion. This one is difficult, and takes a lot of soul searching to find out exactly “what it means to be you.”
I mentioned earlier that I wish I had a passion for food like Clodagh. If anyone could change my mind, it would be Nancy Hopkins, Senior Deputy Food Editor at BHG. She’s got spunk and I love her! I could hang out with her all day long.