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My Takeaways From the Women in Business Panel

This week I was able to attend an amazing event at Kiln in Meridian. First of all, if you have not yet been to Kiln and you're in the Treasure Valley, why!? What are you doing!? It is the DREAMIEST co-working space and it truly gets those creative juices flowing. Plus the girls that work there are so sweet and helpful and are more than happy to give visitors a tour of the space. Seriously, go check it out. They have events like this Women in Business Panel as well as yoga sessions, apres work happy hours, aaaand I'm working with them to host Watercolor Paint and Sip events as well ;)

Anwayzzz, moving onto the juicy bits.

This panel was moderated by Natalie Plummer, founder of the community page Hello Meridian and the Boise Bubble Podcast. The panelists were: Hanna McGee- founder of Empowered Women Connect, Lindsey Nadler- Founder of CEO Hat Club, Katie Villa- COO of Roundhouse, Shannon McGuire- Founder of Spark Strategic Solutions and SupreME Moms, and Jen Bobodzhanov- Life Coach and Owner of Barre3 Eagle.

The full recap of this powerful panel will be available to listen to on Natalies Podcast, the Boise Bubble. It's worth a listen.

I was just going to do a quick recap of the key points I got from this panel, but as I got to writing, I realized I have too much I want to say and I'm writing a blog post not a novel- so we're breaking this up into a series! Wooh! The first topic that was discussed at the panel was "Work Life Balance". Something I know SO many of us could use assistance with. I wrote down quotes and phrases that were said throughout the conversation and essentially, this is me elaborating and bring in some of my personal experience. So let's get into it.

“No is a complete sentence.”

And it's as simple as that. I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely guilty of feeling the need to over-explain myself when I say "no" to something. Something inside of me feels compelled to justify myself whenever I find myself needing to set a boundary. I like to think it's because I want to protect other peoples feelings, but if I'm getting honest with myself, it's probably more so because I want to protect other people's perception of me. But really, who cares? I don't even know what these people think of me to begin with and truly, it's none of my business. So why give my power and energy away just for the sake of being "liked" or perceived a certain way?! It's so silly. People pleasing won't get me any closer to MY vision or MY dream life. That is MINE to own. So from here on I'm giving myself permission to protect my energy. "No" is a complete sentence. No justification required.

“Work life synergy that leads to fusion”

A great point brought up by Shannon when discussing work-life "balance". As I've made the transition to pursing my business