This is How Girl Gangs Start: Memories From Yellow Conference

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"The Yellow Conference attendee is a creative lady who desires to live a wholehearted life." 

Last week I hopped on a plane to LA with my co-worker, Cali, to willingly sit in a room with 300 creative women for two days straight. I feel like there was a time when having girlfriends wasn't cool - "Oh, I get along better with guys. Girls are too crazy." - says the girl (and me at one point).

That was high school. This is 30. Where woman are intelligent, passionate, driven, and kind individuals. The sort of people I want in my circle and on my side. 

So I dove in under the assumption that no one was going to give me shade (and now I've used that phrase twice in my life), everyone was going to be excited about my work, and that ultimately, we'd all just get along. I also had intention to do and be the same for every person that came my way.

And guess what? It happened. Friendly is an understatement. The girls at this conference were sweet and fierce, welcoming and strong. I realized how quickly the habit can form of talking to every woman you see when I was at the airport after and had to stop myself from chatting up the lady in the bathroom next to me. Boundaries are a thing, I guess.

In a mini nod to Girls With Gumption, I'd love to introduce you to some of the inspired women we met! Click on their photos to learn more and visit their sites.

Darcy from Chicago, photographer for those that live fully, play hard, and laugh a lot - just like her!

Darcy from Chicago, photographer for those that live fully, play hard, and laugh a lot - just like her!

Karen from Orange County, fashion blogger and student (more like teacher, to me - her blog is great).

Karen from Orange County, fashion blogger and student (more like teacher, to me - her blog is great).

Gina from San Francisco, interior designer and all-around bad ass. Cali and I loved hanging our with her and she is SKILLED.

Gina from San Francisco, interior designer and all-around bad ass. Cali and I loved hanging our with her and she is SKILLED.

Erika from Orange County, fashion blogger and co-conspirator with Karen. And I would like to shop her closet, please. 

Erika from Orange County, fashion blogger and co-conspirator with Karen. And I would like to shop her closet, please. 

In addition to meeting some incredible creative women, we heard keynotes offering inspiring and practical advice. Here are some of my favorite sound bites that I wrote in my journal:

"Document your first wins and don't minimize them." -Eryn Eddy, Owner of clothing brand You Are So Loved
"Opportunity can seem hard to come by. Problems are not." -Liz Bohannon, CEO and Co-Founder of Sseko (She is FUN.)
"You write to find out what you have to say." - Sean McCabe, Hand-lettering artist
"Be the tip of the spear." - Jessie Simonson, Co-Founder and Brand Director of 31 Bits 
"You can have it all, but the mind can't be the master. It has to be grace." - Jocelyn Hefner, Writer
"Problem-solvers pursue purpose in spite of fear." -Jeff Shinabarger, Founder of Plywood People
"Speak beauty - no one is ever burdened by a compliment." -Ruthie Lindsey, Stylist and Designer (with a LIFE-CHANGING story you need to read on her website)
"Focus on what makes you different, not better." -Lindsey Sherbondy, Owner of LindseyLetters.com
"Empowered women empower women." Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, Kind Campaign
Cali and I in Grand Park repping the #loveisproject!

Cali and I in Grand Park repping the #loveisproject!