Women are not exactly known for taking risks. We biologically crave stability and security, yet taking risks is essential to developing confidence and success. It’s an opportunity to stand out and present yourself as a leader and not a follower satisfied with the status quo. Taking risks challenges you to get past social acceptability (because society isn’t always right) and the fear of failure by strengthening your own inner-warrior, allowing you to express and embrace your individuality.
Last Friday, Femme Beat and three self-starting entrepreneurs dived into an honest discussion about risks, courage and vulnerability. Marian Mellen, fashion designer of The Zen Bird, an upbeat and positive headband and workshop brand joined forces with sustainable jewelry designer, Charis Elliot of Mother of Gideon and Tiffe Fermaint, founder of psychedelic kid clothing line Baby Teith to collaborate and host an inspiring breakfast social for 23 fearless women.
The breakfast was held at Kitchen 56, a lively and colorful neighborhood restaurant converted from an old gas station into one of Arcadia’s most welcoming hub. Owner, Anndee Rickey graciously welcomed us with sparkling mimosas and healthy frittatas mixed with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and goat cheese, paired with hash browns, fresh kale and quinoa salad, and a delicious array of creme brûlée french toast. The table settings were kept airy and earthly with mason jar florals, customized place settings designed by Vodka and Hope, and inspiring bracelet cuffs from Zenned Out, a local bohemian jewelry brand in Tempe. Special thanks to Kaylee from Kaylee Chelsea Photography for capturing our event.
As guests arrived, they were encouraged to mingle amongst each other and spark new connections. A mix of women from fashion bloggers to media engineers, real estate, yoga, roller derby babes, integrative health, marketing and boss babes came together to support one another
It was such a positive and refreshing event! I heard things I really needed to hear. I appreciate the opportunity to be there.
After breakfast, the speakers shared the biggest risks of their careers and how to push past fears and doubts to pursue passions with “confident vulnerability.” We discussed parenthood, the dynamics of mixing personal and professional relationships, and staying positive and selective with your support system. I loved hearing guests share their own passion projects and recent risks.
Whether it’s a professional or personal risk (mending a relationship, traveling solo, confronting a situation or person), there’s always a lesson to be learned from risks and those lessons often lead to important, new paths. Reframing risks as adventures or opportunities to test out a new theory, or way of doing something yields different results and new experiences.
Experiences being the reason why we’re all here: to live joyfully, in and through challenges, disappointments, hard lessons, easy lessons, love, heartbreak and to develop the strength to do it all over again. Thank you for joining us. It’s always an honor hosting you and your hearts.
Your life is an adventure worth living,