Words cannot even begin to describe the incredible amount of energy at our first Morning Hustle Storytelling event last week on "Becoming Unstoppable". In case you missed it, we wanted to give a brief recap on how just how amazing the morning turned out to be!
We started with a group of morning hustlers who lined up outside of Fair Market in hopes of snagging one of the goodie bags filled with swag from Juice Society, Nicely Noted, Lacquer, Outdoor Voices, Flash Tattoos, Sway Water, KIND Snacks, Latika Soap, Crubom Raw Chocolate, Soul Cycle & Progress Coffee. After checking in, attendees fueled up with delicious acai bowls from Blenders & Bowls and got a little help waking up from Chameleon Cold Brew as they chatted with our benefitting nonprofit, Girls Empowerment Network, and mingled with other attendees. Is was so inspiring to see how people came to together first thing in the morning, and were able to truly make such a positive impact on one another simply by showing up. (PS did we mention that with ticket sales we were able to donate $370 to Girls Empowerment Network!?)
While Sia's "Unstoppable" played in the background our emcee, Kelly Stocker, kicked things off at 8:30am on the dot. Our first speaker group was from Girls Empowerment Network followed by four more stories told by members of our inspiring Austin community about their journeys in becoming unstoppable.
Jill Faulkner, Founder of Stick With It Co., spoke about leaving her stable job as an executive assistant to pursue her dream of inspiring others and fulfilling herself.
Our next speaker was Lindsay Hoffman who shared her tale on how she moved to New York and landed her dream radio job after quitting her previous job on the spot with only her dream to fuel her plan. (Lindsay hosts weekly storytelling events of her own in her back yard…How awesome is that?)
Next we had Cristina Arbona, Founder of Women on the Rise who told the hilarious story of a wedding fashion disaster and how it ultimately fueled her ambition to take risks and begin the development of her side hustle.
Wrapping up the day was Kristina Gonzalez (a new member of The Refinery, oh heyyy), who talked about working all the jobs and wearing all the hats, and finding so much joy in the adventure of chasing after multiple career goals. Check her Kristina's travel blog here!
We will be hosting a Morning Hustle Storytelling event quarterly once we open doors this Fall! Hope to see you (and hear your stories) at the next one!