What came first? The chicken or the egg?

So I went to a networking event last night with Ryan Lee (www.ryanlee.com) as the speaker. The event started at 6:00pm, so I showed up fashionably late at 6:10pm {Note: Nude Lipsense & Bouganvillea Gloss FTW} and was promptly told that Ryan wouldn’t be speaking until 7:00pm. Cue frowny face…. you mean “I have to talk to these strangers for an hour?” I wanted to ask? Then I thought better of alienating this poor event coordinator and assumed the answer was probably YES. Thanks Mom and Dad for instilling manners in me…

Now, you may be asking yourself why I would attend a networking event and not want to talk to people. I don’t actually have an answer… It’s like when you look down at a plate of spinach and wonder why you’re torturing yourself but then, you KNOW it’s good for you so you choke it down anyway. Plus, usually showing up is half the battle, and then auto-drive kicks in and I somehow find myself talking up a storm to a slew of randos.

BUT THEN! The coolest part: I meet a bunch of really dope people. The event itself is a monthly meet up of entrepreneurs and small business owners and the topic of the night was online marketing and sales. Bingo! Could this have been more well-timed in my life?! As I start down this Senegence path, it was EXACTLY the spark I needed to get my mind spinning and brainstorming. I spoke to SOOO many passionate people who have been on journeys of starting businesses and struggling with businesses and juggling businesses and failing at businesses- the whole nine yards. {Note: I met a small business owner who started a fitness and wellness organization – she said eggs are her #1 health food recommendation. Bad news, she was not able to tell me if the chicken or the egg came first, so I’ll keep you posted when I find out…}

More than the above, Ryan Lee was just such a sick speaker. I am a sucker, A SUCKER, for a good speaker – I mean, I am the target audience for enthusiastic people who want you to drink the kool-aid they’re selling, I will alwayssss buy it (prime example: here I am with almost a million tubes of Lipense! I kid, I kid… I don’t regret it for a second!). But truly, I already subscribed to Ryan’s daily email, and I look forward to learning more about his take on starting an online business presence. And if anyone needs proof that I was jazzed AF after this event, you can ask Whitney Gardner who received a bunch of Facebook voice messages as I drove home from this event in which I used the word “excited” no less than 88 times. Oops. But hey! I am excited!

What’s my takeaway here? Just show up. Just try. Just eat the spinach! We all think about getting outside our comfort zone. And it’s so. freaking. scary. And then somehow you push yourself into the deep end and you realize you’re swimming! People are so resilient and passion is contagious. Do the hard thing. And live to tell the tale.

What are you going to do now? Let me know what you did recently that was way outside your comfort zone and scared the sh*t out of you! Or let me know what you WANT to do – and I will push you into the deep end so you realize you can swim! Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me! Sure, let’s be real, I sell Lipsense from this blog and yes, I want you to try it, but I also just want to use this platform as a fledgling entrepreneur to LEARN about people… to hear new stories… to experience things from different walks of life… every time we step outside our comfort zone, it becomes easier to show up the next time. It’s just as much for me as it is for you!

Happy Friday, kiddos! We (almost) made it to the weekend! If you’re in need a good weekend color, hit me up here. I’m feeling it’s gonna be Dark Pink kinda Saturday…

xo,

Julia

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