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One of my travel goals was to attend a personal growth conference. My husband and I started on our personal growth journeys at about the same time. To be honest, he went full in and hasn’t slowed down since. I, on the other hand, started reading the books he recommended, listening to the podcasts, watching the YouTube videos, and continued to be skeptical of the whole personal development/growth idea. Most of the authors and content creators were hard to relate to, because most were men, most were single with no kids, and all of them were already successfully navigating their journeys. I had big dreams, but couldn’t figure out where to start, and what exactly it was I was supposed to be doing. I needed content that resonated with me.

Que my sister in law’s recommendation to read “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing The Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be,” by Rachel Hollis. This book was exactly what I was needing to reduce my skepticism. I easily related to Rachel Hollis and the lies she believed about herself, because I believed similar things about myself as a mother, wife and woman. The book really resonated with me, and I wanted to learn more. I then did some research on other successful woman entrepreneurs, and found that these moms, these wives, these successful women, were navigating the lifestyle I was dreaming of, and figuring it out! This realization was the push I needed to fully commit to my personal growth journey and achieving my dreams.

Last year, my sister in law and I talked about attending a personal growth conference. After some research, we found that the Hollis Company was putting on the RISE Women’s Conference in Fort Myers, Florida in January of 2020, and we bought our tickets. To be honest, it felt weird to be telling people that we were going to a personal growth conference, especially those who are not pursuing their own personal development journey. I decided not to let it bother me and we ended up going and having an amazing time with a community of supportive, like minded women.

The conference itself was three days, and each day had a different focus. The first day was dedicated to your past, where you learn how your past effects how you think and approach things. The second day is dedicated to your present, where you learn about your health and wellness. The third day is dedicated to your future, where you learn how to define your goals and tools to help you achieve them. I don’t want to give too much away, because I really think it is something you should experience for yourself. I learned so much about myself that I wasn’t aware of, as well as gained back some confidence in myself that I didn’t realize I had lost. It was a liberating experience and I can’t wait to attend my next conference!

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