A Conversation That Matters

''Lean in to the hard conversations.  Say what you feel.  Mean what you say.  Be truthful.  Be OK saying the things no one will.  Get comfortable in the discomfort''  -Roz

I don't even know where to start so thanks for that Roz.

Photo @DarrenHull Makeup @JennyMcKinney

Photo @DarrenHull Makeup @JennyMcKinney

This picture pretty much sums up the success of the evening (I've never seen myself smile like that).  A Conversation That Matters could not have gone any better.

My friend Sarah just said ''It was a room full of love.  Like a giant hug.''

The entire event was put on with a $60 budget - support from the community, donations of time, product and services from local businesses and entrepeneurs made everything possible.  All of the speakers, even Fred Sakari who is an actual REAL paid this-is-what-I-do-for-a-job public speaker, offered their presentations, hearts, souls, stories and quite literally pieces of themselves to this cause for free.  For one reason; all of these people want to make the world a better place.  All of these people not only talk about it, they are being about it; stepping up and being the change.  

Photo @DarrenHull 

Photo @DarrenHull 

Thank you to each and every one of you who believed in and got behind this idea.  This post would take 9 hours if I took the time to thank each person who had a hand in it.  Let me just say that what was really cool, is that nobody cared for recognition.  It wasn't about self promotion or an opportunity for free publicity.  Every part of every piece of the evening came from a place of genuine caring - genuine belief in what the event was about - from wanting to be at cause for something bigger.  And I do believe that it was felt the moment you walked into the room.

As I just said, this post could roll on forever.  Thanks to our friends at The Doug and Lisa Show the whole event was video'd  start to finish so it will all be available to view online soon.  In between now and then, here are some highlights:

Maya Angelou was right.  It is so true that there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.  It felt SO good to be able to finally tell you who I really am that night.  Thank you for listening, caring, holding the space and not judging me.

Photo @darrenhull Makeup @JennyMcKinney

Photo @darrenhull Makeup @JennyMcKinney

Shit got pretty real.  Roz and Kait sharing a tender moment.  Roz later said about this photo ''Love your people hard, hold them close because sometimes you have no idea what their reality is''.

Photo @DarrenHull

Photo @DarrenHull

Speaking of shit getting real.  Chelsey Ray.   This picture is definitely worth 1000 words and all of the feelings.  Thank you for being so real, so open and so raw.  You are such a light of inspiration in this world.

Photo @DarrenHull

Photo @DarrenHull

Pam Radar...  Looking pretty happy here despite having just shared a very personal piece of herself.  Everyone that I talked to after the event agreed that they could have listened to just Pam speak for the whole 2 hours.  So perhaps next time it will be ''Conversations by Pam''.  Though slightly serious and hopeful, I'm kidding.

Photo @DarrenHull

Photo @DarrenHull

We raised $1100 for Lit From Within.

Oh and that twist that was talked - each person who attended walked away with $50 cash - to go and do something kind or great or both in our community.  

Shauna Nyrose put the cherry on the top at the end.  I don't even have anything else to say.  And I usually do.  This event has actually left me speechless.  In the best way possible.

So much love to our community and excitement to see what we can make happen from this.

Here is the full photo album by the man Darren Hull, who actually is the reason this whole thing happened... 

I will update this post when The Doug and Lisa Show airs the video of the event.

Peace + Love

- Stacy