I can tell you that I do not look (or feel!) this happy at a traditional networking event. I've been to so many of them, in different cities/towns/provinces, and have decided to create the kind of networking event I would be excited to go to...and I'm so happy to trusted my gut to go with it!
While I have enjoyed meeting new people and deepening connections with folks I already know in networking events, there is something about the very traditional networking event that often makes me cringe. I think it is in part due to the pressure to talk with as many people as we can, finding someone interesting to talk to and feeling worried about what you'll actually talk about when you do meet them (and let's be honest...how to leave a conversation that isn't filling you up!).
When we find ourselves feeling inspired by the venue or topic, we can skip the surface level 'chit chat' conversations and go deeper in connecting with each other.
I hosted a Full Moon Walk as a way for us to connect (and move our bodies!) during the summer. I really wasn't sure how many people who come - it can be tricky to plan for events in the summer with vacations, visitors and the busy tourism season - but I knew the folks who came would appreciate it.
I was so pleased to welcome 22 women who carved out time of their week to make their way to Hirtle's Beach to join a group of strangers to walk along the gorgeous Gaff Point trail.
Some arrived as a group and others came solo knowing they would meet someone to chat with on the trail - safe to say, we all enjoyed the gorgeous sunset and the perfectly timed moonrise as we arrived back to the beach.
I met so many new people and learned about some amazing entrepreneurs (Fairytale Teller?! Bladesmith?!) who are building businesses in our local area. We talked about it all - work, life, cannabis, kids, tricky business scenarios, finding our version of balance, how we can track our energy/cycles to do less (inspired by Kate Northrup's new book, Do Less) and so much more.
Some of us even decided to jump into the ocean, under the full moon, after the walk!